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. See Cologne Cathedral and all Cologne has to offer by arranging your trip with our Cologne online tour planner .
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  • Very nice view over the city from the bell tower where we go up by a snail. There's nothing left from before the war and everything has been reconstructed without charm
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  • The Cologne Cathedral is for me as a Cologne very important go whenever I'm in Cologne there pure
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  • The Dom dominates central Cologne and is adjacent to central station and the Rhine. With its towers you cannot miss it and externally the architecture is amazing. Whilst it took a few hits in WW2 it w...  more »
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  • This is a beautiful cathedral with striking architecture. We came here twice and would recommend others to do the same as the place looks different throughout the day with the light affecting the atmosphere. We also found it strangly intimate, especially considering the size of the place. We strongly recommend climbing the tower (a different entrance). It is not an easy climb but is worth the effort and has unbeatable views.
  • My favorite place and church in Germany. Since fourteen years I’m continually going there. Spending long time there. Feeling fantastic and sacred. Even it’s a tourist place the atmosphere here is fantastic. Well maintained. Lots learn from inside.
  • One of the most beautiful Churches in the world is the Cathedral of Cologne! History says this Dom was almost totally bombed during WW11 but was restored slowly but gloriously! Worth the visit, this Dom is magnificent in all aspects. The architecture and interiors are fantastic. A lot of interesting facts about this very old Cathedral..the towers and spires built in ancient times. This Cathedral is now added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. There are many souvenir shops and cafes and restaurants around the corner and many artists and musicians doing some entertaining tactics to the crowd. The Central Railway Station is just a few steps to this Dom. This place is always jam pack all year round, one must be careful with your purse, many pickpocketing happens here!
  • Saw some stunning architecture and some impressive religious artifacts all while having freedom of the church to wander around in. Can get very busy but just avoid the tour groups and you'll be fine. Make sure (if you are physically fit) that you climb the tower, it's cheap and one of the most challenging things I've done in Europe. Absolutely beautiful views of the city from the top and a sense of achievement when you reach it's peak. Definitely bring water though.
  • Be careful with your neck when you look up to check the entire Cathedral. What can I say? The reason why many people go visit Cologne and I understand them. It is beautiful. Some parts are in maintenance, so the perfect photo is not easy. It is also crowded, so don't be surprised. Still, it is a functioning church and you can do your prayers there.
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