Cologne Cathedral, Cologne

Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Church
World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral is one of the country's most-visited landmarks. Its imposing spires are visible from many locations around the city. This is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe, measuring 144 m (474 ft) long, 86 m (284 ft) wide, and 157 m (515 ft) high. Begun in 1248, the cathedral wasn't finished until 1880, when its two spires gave it the largest facade of any church in the world. The city's medieval builders planned this grand structure as a place of worship for the Holy Roman Emperor. Despite being left incomplete for so many centuries, the cathedral was always seen as a masterpiece of architecture and an important reminder of Christianity's strength in medieval Europe. For unbeatable views of the surrounding area, take the 509 stairs to the top of the south tower. See Cologne Cathedral and all Cologne has to offer by arranging your trip with our Cologne online tour planner.
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  • If you ever come to Cologne it won’t take you too much time to visit this cathedral. Amazing spot for art and history lovers. It is also located near the Central Station and next to the Rhine river...  more »
  • The finest monumental Cathedral in Germany. A good starting point for a walk to the old town streets and places  more »
  • This cathedral is the key attraction in the city and is just steps away from the main station. It is beautifully built and pretty huge. A definite must see when Cologne.  more »
  • Simply fantastic! The Cathedral is stunning and is free to go in and walk around. As it’s winter it’s cold inside so dress warmly. They do ask you to remove your hat (respectfully). There are guided tours (I did not take) and there is so much to see and absorb. Photos are fine but they ask for no flash photography. A place of quiet reflection, it was wonderful to sit and absorb the history and solitude of this Cathedral. Simply fantastic!
  • Got to give it a five starts, is so huge and impressive! The light inside is so amazing, especially when there is sunshine outside. There's this magnitude about it and even from the outside it just looks huge and impressive. Apparently it took two centuries to build it! On the downside it is cold inside, but then again, which cathedral is not cold and most likely we are not going there to get warm. There's some very special energy in that place, very strong.
  • A very cool blessed place to be visited in Cologne. This is one of the top places you should visit once you are in Cologne The Cathedral is big and needs 2 hours to see all the sides of it. You can take photos inside (with respect) and the entrance is amazing as well. You can have a round in the area with a lot of nice food options and shopping points. It looks like an old city around and you will enjoy the visit.
  • This cathedral is amazing and I'm so excited I got to see it. I've been to several well known cathedrals and this was by far the best. Definitely make sure to get inside and see the church. Words can't describe.
  • One of the best and huge church in Germany 🇩🇪. This is quite opposite to Köln central station. There is also car parking nearby the church. About the church , stunning gothic architecture. You would definitely say “wow” after seeing it. Painted glass is amazing. Refer the photos for more reference

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