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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  • It is difficult to add much to previous reviews that would be new, but the one thing I would recommend is taking the English-language tour that departs the nearby Domforum building at 3:00 pm most... 
    It is difficult to add much to previous reviews that would be new, but the one thing I would recommend is taking the English-language tour that departs the nearby Domforum building at 3:00 pm most...  more »
  • Go early in the morning and sit quietly when the sun shines through the mediaeval windows.one of the many great moments you can have there. Enjoy 😊 
    Go early in the morning and sit quietly when the sun shines through the mediaeval windows.one of the many great moments you can have there. Enjoy 😊  more »
  • Awe inspiring views!! The stained glass, the floor details, all of it is was amazing. I walked around for about an hour viewing the beauty. I took a 1/2 star off because the entrance wasn’t obvious.....  more
    Awe inspiring views!! The stained glass, the floor details, all of it is was amazing. I walked around for about an hour viewing the beauty. I took a 1/2 star off because the entrance wasn’t obvious.....  more »
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  • The trademark in Köln is undoubtedly Dom.This historic place is magnificent. A true piece of art. The coloured windows are unique and each one of them has a history on it. The size of the temple is really unreal. The entrance is free with no ticket need it. You can pay if you like for a tour.Its so pleasant to visit this place.
  • One of the most amazing cathedral I have ever seen. The good thing is it is right next to the train station. So it's very convenient to see this while you're waiting for your next train, you can just go out of the station and take a look at this beauty.
  • Absolutely stunning. This cathedral is right up there with the best in Europe. Mystical from the outside, just beautiful on the inside. Could spend hours inside just admiring the sculptures and stained glass windows. It is also for free and you can go there with your family, your friends also try to visit when the organ is playing. For €5 you can climb the cathedral tower to get a 360 degree city view. Would definitely recommend it. There is no lift so you will need to be willing to climb the whole thing.
  • Worst experience at a church ever. The staff was rude. Closed 20 minutes early and started kicking people out. Turned away people wanting to worship as well as tourists. They need to be more clear with their hours and hire some more polite people. Not a pleasant place to visit, will never return. Wish I could get my donation back, they don't deserve it. K.T. was extremely rude to everyone. I understand dealing with tourists and other languages can be frustrating, but then find a better position if you can't handle it. No sense passing on your bad attitude to others. Your attitude left us with a bad impression of all of Cologne. Great job.
  • The Cologne Cathedral gives a grand welcome to you in the city. Just a few metres away from the main station, this magnificent structure is a treat to eyes. No wonder Cologne attracts so much of tourists every year. A must visit place for sure.. anyway it’s visible from everywhere and one simply cannot miss it.!

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