Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral, Köln

Planning to visit Cologne Cathedral? See our information below!


Cologne has as many as 240 churches in total, including 12 large Romanesque cathedrals. Old Cologne Cathedral or Kölner Dom is undoubtedly the most famous and eye-catching. The Cathedral is considered a masterpiece of Gothic architecture.

Despite heavy bombing, Cologne Cathedral survived both world wars almost unscathed and is more than 765 years old and now added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

For stunning views, climb Cologne Cathedral. The climb to the top is a whopping 509 steps, a hefty climb, but well worth it for the view. This is the largest cathedral in Germany and even one of the largest cathedrals in the whole of Europe. This makes it the most visited landmark in all of Germany, as Cologne Cathedral is visited by 20,000 people daily.

Opening hours:

Cologne Cathedral is open every day of the year, on Mondays from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM and on Sundays from 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM.

Photographer: Lars Meijer

Tips and Tricks!

Here are a few tips worth knowing before you visit Cologne Cathedral!

  • Many people only view the cathedral from the outside, but a look inside is one of the few cathedrals in Europe completely free to visit.
  • The entrance to climb the tower is outside on the right side of the cathedral (near the car park entrance). Entrance fee to climb the Cathedral is €5.00 per adult.
  • Keep in mind that you will spend about an hour climbing the tower and arrive at the top broken and sweaty. But then the panoramic view over the city of Cologne is definitely one of the most beautiful over the city.
Photographer: Lars Meijer


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