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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Cologne Cathedral Reviews
While on holiday to Cologne we visited the Cathedral or Dom as its called. It was free to go in but you are expected to make a donation which we were more than happy to do. As a liver of churches the ... more »
Very nice architecture and very dark from outside. The craftsmanship in the designs, statues, the paintings and glasses inside was magnificent. The market around the cathedral gives a lot of shopping ... more »
The most beautiful thing in Cologne unmistakably! Beautiful inside out. You can't miss this beauty when in cologne. Go ahead and experience the history through the cathedral and do take a river cruise to have great city views. 👍 Highly recommended
Monumental and historically rich building. Enormous in its size and internal power of architecture. I recommend guided tours as you can access the choir with them. Tak a closer look to the mosaics behind the altar. Stained glass are amazing and one at the very back which is the oldest. Climbing the Tower is also possible which gives you full experience of such beautiful construction.
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