Grossmünster and Karlturm

The Grossmünster church is a landmark of Zurich. Legend has it that the church was built on the graves of the city’s patron saints, Felix and Regula. According to legend, Charlemagne discovered the graves of the city’s patron saints Felix and Regula and had a church built as a monastery on the spot.

In the first half of the 16th century, the Grossmünster church was the starting point of the Swiss-German Reformation led by Huldrych Zwingli and Heinrich Bullinger. The theological college then annexed to the monastery spawned what is now the University of Zürich. The stained glass windows by Sigmar Polke, the Romanesque crypt, choir windows by Augusto Giacometti, bronze doors by Otto Münch and the cloister Reformation Museum are just some of the highlights you see here.

The Karlsturm is one of the two towers of Zurich’s landmark, the Grossmünster Church.The Grossmünster Church is a former monastery built on the graves of the city’s patron saints, Felix and Regula, and is the site of the first secondary school, which according to legend, was founded by Charlemagne. His statue stands on top of the south tower, the Karlsturm. Climb up the 187 stairs from the nave and enjoy splendid views from the panorama platform over Zurich’s old town and the lake.

GROSSMÜNSTER AND KARLTURM

ADDRESS:
Grossmünsterplatz
CH-8001 Zurich

COUNTRY:
Switzerland