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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne

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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. To visit Cologne Cathedral on your holiday in Cologne, and find out what else Cologne has to offer, use our Cologne trip builder.
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  • Wonderful! Main sightseeing of Cologne is an attraction not to be missed. One of the largest Cathedral in Germany, maintains an historical collection of great importance.
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  • Quite impressive presence. You can sight it from far and feels like someone watching over you. Very old, still maintained well. The interiors are beautiful and the open area outside the cathedral is a...  more »
  • The magnificent Cologne Cathedral can be seen in the city centre and elsewhere within Cologne. Cologne Cathedral, is Germany’s most-visited site, landmark of High Gothic architecture ! We expected the...  more »
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  • There's no surprise this is the number one destination to see in Cologne. One will be in awe when they step out of Central Station and see this magnificent piece of architecture. Please....take your time walking through this cathedral. Take in the detail of the stain glass, massive columns and mosaic tiles. Free admission. Donations are welcome.
  • The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe its amazing architecture and you can totally understand that if you think that was building for 600 years. The best spot in town. A must for anyone who visits the city
  • Cologne landmark is definitely worth the visit. Admirable craftsmanship workpiece, wounded during WWII but superbly restored. If you are athletic, pay a visit to the bell tower top. The view is spectacular.
  • What a lovely place to visit. Climbing all the way up to the top is a must. The tickets are cheap and the view at the top is incredible.
  • A bit dark, but the vitrals and windows make an excellent view. Be sure to go on a sunny day to appreciate it to the max. Also visit the painted ceiling with america's drawings, a very colorful view.