Perhaps the most well known attraction in Cologne is the Kolner Dom, Cologne’s grandiose cathedral. At 157 meters tall, the gothic cathedral is one of the world’s largest churches and Germany’s most visited landmark. If you arrive in Cologne by train, you cannot miss the cathedral, as it towers over you when you exit the train station.
The Kolner Dom is the most visited landmark in Germany.
Entrance to the Kolner Dom is free, but it is worth it to pay €2.50 (reduced rate of €1.50) to take the steps to the top of the cathedral. With over 500 steps, the climb is not easy, but the magnificent views of Cologne and the Rhine River at the top make the hike worthwhile.
You can also visit the cathedral treasury, which features holy relics, sculptures, textiles and other items dating as far back as the 4th century. Cost to visit the treasury is €4, with a reduced rate of €2. If you would like to visit the treasury and climb the tower, you can purchase a combined ticket for €5, or a reduced rate of €2.50.
The Kolner Dom is a beautiful representation of Gothic architecture.
The main hall of the cathedral is open daily from 6 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Keep in mind that you cannot explore the main hall during services. The choir area and altar is closed during confession, held Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The treasury chamber is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The tower is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. from November to February, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in March, April and October and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May to September.
Guided tours of the cathedral are available in English Monday through Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and on Sunday and holidays at 2:30 p.m. The tour, which lasts 45 minutes, costs €6 (€4 at the reduced price) and should be scheduled ahead of time.
The Kolner Dom is a beautiful display of Gothic architecture and is worth a visit whenever you are in Germany.