Cologne Cathedral

The illuminated Cologne cathedral with a bridge and the river rhine in the foreground

Jewel in the Crown

Foundation for the construction of the Cologne Cathedral was laid in 1248, yet it took several centuries to complete. During construction, Cologne experienced multiple political and economic ups and downs. However, the cathedral survived wars, revolutions and even the Second World War.

Cologne Cathedral is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture and an impressive example of the technical and artistic prowess of the Middle Ages. The cathedral impresses with its high towers, delicate pointed arches, artistic sculptures and colorful stained glass windows. The cathedral is 157 meters high and was the tallest building in the world until Ulm Minster was completed.

Visiting the Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral is located in the heart of Cologne’s old town, directly on the banks of the Rhine. This makes it an easily accessible destination. You can easily reach the cathedral on foot, by public transport or by car. Cologne’s main train station is right next door, which makes getting there a real piece of cake.

On your visit you can admire the cathedral from both the outside and the inside. Admission is free and the Dom is open every day of the year. Inside you will find impressive Gothic vaults, altars, relics and the famous Epiphany Shrine, a magnificent treasury. You can also climb the 533 steps of the south tower for breathtaking views of the city of Cologne.

Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln

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Being a native German, Mark is able to share firsthand experiences, insider tips, and the hidden gems that make Germany an unparalleled destination.

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