Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)
The Gothic cathedral dominates the skyline
of Cologne and is one of Germany’s most famous
landmarks. It is also one of the most beautiful
examples of Gothic and Neo-Gothic architecture in the
Building of the Cologne Cathedral was
commenced in 1248, it took over 600 years to complete but
the cathedral still dominates the skyline of the city.
Currently the cathedral is the seat of the
Archibishop of Cologne and it is a UNESCO World Heritage
site since 1996. Upon its completion on the 14th of August
1880, the Cologne Cathedral held the title of the World’s
tallest building until 1884.
The Cologne Cathedral dominates the city of Cologne even today,
it can be viewed from anywhere in the city, the cathedral's famous twin towers stand out boldly
as the symbol of Cologne's proud history.
On the outside the cathedral is dark and rather menacing; inside it is just
At the end of the gigantic nave is the reason for the cathedral being built; the
shrine of the Three Magi, the Three Wise Men whose relics were brought to the city in 1164.
The Cathedral draws about 20,000 visitors each day and it is open all year
In the summer months between May and October it is open from 06:00 AM until 21:00
PM while in the winter months from November to April it is open just until 19:30
Visitors can also climb to the tower of the cathedral, and the admission fee
costs 3 euros. Climbing to the tower is possible every day starting from 09:00 AM and closes
between 16:00 and 18:00 depending on the period of the year.
A combined ticket to the treasure chamber and the tower is also available costing 6
euro per adult, and if you have time to, this is the best option to take.
Guided tours are also available in English form Monday to Saturday between 10:00 to
14,30. In Sundays and Holidays the tours are available at 14,30.
A ticket cost for English guided tours is 7 euros for adults and 5
euros for children and students.
Getting to Cologne (or Köln) is fairly easy as it is well linked to other major
German cities and the city is also served by an international airport. If you come by train, the
Köln Dome (as it is called by Germans) is right next to the railway station. But once you enter
Cologne, it is impossible not to see this imposing building.
Cologne Cathedral Map
The Cathedral can be found at the following address: Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln,
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