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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne

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Architectural Building Religious Site
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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  • A huge shrine over the relics of the Holy Magi is beautiful in his Christian greatness and is required to attend in Germany.
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  • Nothing leaving Cologne central station you topas with this Gothic wonder. Apart from the relics of the Magi, the tombs of the bishops in the chapels and the oldest crucified Jesus of the world should see the treasures of the Cathedral and climb the Bell Tower of the South Tower (€16 ticket combined for 2 adults and 2 children). With its 533 steps should be in shape to climb the Tower, but the views are breathtaking. You tune the graffiti on the rise and above.
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  • Huge building with many small interesting details. Upstairs we're insanely beautiful views but there is not
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  • Completely mobbed by tourists, but impressive all the same. Most of the interior is off-limits to tourists, but you can have a look from the back of the church and admire the vaulting ceilings and the stained glass. Not too expensive to get a ticket to climb up one of the towers, but there are oh so very many steps, so keep that in mind. The top is all caged up, which is a shame, but it's still interesting.
  • Lots of food and shopping options. The Cologne Cathedral is just outside, so visit if you have time. Just drop off your luggage in the handy luggage storage. Check the whole platform for your train. I missed my train because I didn't see it further down the platform. DB customer service was helpful in helping me get on another train route though.
  • Loved the place. One of the best place ever i have visited. So many things to see there. Best place for visit.
  • Absolutely stunning. I had such a wonderful time inside the Kölner Dom with the stained glass, pipe organs and amazing visuals all around. It was a spectacular experience. Absolutely worth visiting.
  • Grand and very beautiful. Right in the heart of the city, this is an amazing piece of architecture. Very well maintained.

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The Ring is a semicircular area around the edge of the city's walls from Chlodwigplatz to Ebertplatz. Along the semicircle are hotel chains and boutique accommodations that offes ready access to the city center on foot or via a short metro ride. For access to nightlife, consider the Südstadt area known for its rock bars, cocktails, and theaters. The luxury accommodations in the elegant Friesenviertel area often attracts local celebrities. Search for lodging deals in the Nippes area, which is away from the busy center and known for its local character.
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