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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne

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Architectural Building Landmark
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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  • The location is very good. It is extremely close to Cologne Train Station with walks about 10 to 30 seconds.  more »
  • More of a gateaux on the outside and plain sponge on the inside stayed for service hadn't seen so many choir boys before . Many many tourists  more »
  • One can get cathedral overload in Europe. Clearly, though, the cathedral and the nearly Roman-German museum are the primary sites in this city. It's certainly impressive and large, although not as bea...  more »
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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.