Cologne Cathedral, Cologne

4.8
Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Church
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.
Create an itinerary including Cologne Cathedral
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors

Cologne Cathedral reviews

Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor traveler rating
TripAdvisor traveler rating 4.5
21,819 reviews
Google
4.8
TripAdvisor
  • The finest monumental Cathedral in Germany. A good starting point for a walk to the old town streets and places  more »
  • This cathedral is the key attraction in the city and is just steps away from the main station. It is beautifully built and pretty huge. A definite must see when Cologne.  more »
Google
  • Simply fantastic! The Cathedral is stunning and is free to go in and walk around. As it’s winter it’s cold inside so dress warmly. They do ask you to remove your hat (respectfully). There are guided tours (I did not take) and there is so much to see and absorb. Photos are fine but they ask for no flash photography. A place of quiet reflection, it was wonderful to sit and absorb the history and solitude of this Cathedral. Simply fantastic!
  • Got to give it a five starts, because...it is so huge and impressive! The light inside is so amazing, especially when there is sunshine outside. There's this magnitude about it and even from the outside it just looks huge and impressive. Apparently it took two centuries to build it! On the downside it is cold inside, but then again, which cathedral is not cold and most likely we are not going there to get warm. There's some very special energy in that place, very strong.

Plan your trip to Cologne

  • Get a personalized trip
    A complete day by day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it
    Refine your trip. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it
    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it
    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Cologne

See all ›
©
Specialty Museum
Chocolate Museum
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Art Museum
Museum Ludwig
4.3
Duration: 2 hours
©
Bridge
Hohenzollern Bridge
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Art Museum
Wallraf-Richartz Museum
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Side trips from Cologne

©
Theme Park
Phantasialand Bruhl
4.1
Duration: 8 hours
©
World heritage site
Aachen Cathedral Aachen
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
Art Museum
Stadel Museum Frankfurt
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Architectural Building
Romer Frankfurt
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min

Museums in Cologne

See all ›
©
History Museum
Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum)
3.9
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Specialty Museum
NS Documentation Centre of the City of Cologne
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Specialty Museum
Kunsthaus Rhenania
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Specialty Museum
Kathe Kollwitz Museum
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Cologne

©
Garden
Botanical Gardens Flora
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Specialty Museum
Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus
4.1
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Religious Site
Shrine of the Three Kings
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
Outdoor Activity
Stadionhopper Mark Mauderer
5.0
Duration: 4 hours

Historic Sites in Cologne

See all ›
©
Religious Site
Gross St. Martin
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Cemetery
Melaten-Friedhof
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Historic Site
Domschatzkammer
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Religious Site
Saint Gereon's Basilica
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Nearby attractions in Cologne

©
Landmark
KolnTriangle
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
©
Zoo
Koelner Zoo
4.3
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Cultural Tour
Freewalk Cologne
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Mass Transportation System
Cologne Central Station
3.6
Duration: 30 minutes
©
Cultural Tour
Freewalk Cologne
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
World heritage site
Cologne Cathedral
4.8
Duration: 2h 30 min
©
Neighborhood
Historic Old Town
4.3
Duration: 4 hours
©
Walking tour
Walking tours
4.3
Duration: 2 hours