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The Old Town and the Münster

Marktgasse, lined with attractive seventeenth- and eighteenth-century buildings and arcaded boutiques, leads you past various landmarks, such as the distinctively top-heavy Zytglogge, a medieval city gate converted to a clock tower in the sixteenth century. To the left in Kornhausplatz, the most notorious of Bern’s fountains, the horrific Kindlifresserbrunnen, depicts an ogre devouring a baby. Münstergasse, one block south, takes you to the fifteenth-century Gothic Münster, with a magnificently gilded high-relief Last Judgement above the main entrance. Its 444-stepped tower, the tallest in Switzerland, offers terrific views. Munsterplattform, nearby, hosts a craft market on the first Saturday of the month from March to November.