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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  • Myself and my dad decided to take a visit their yesterday. The staff or volunteers was helpful and it’s good to explore to take photography whilst the working on the building is going on. The stain... 
    Myself and my dad decided to take a visit their yesterday. The staff or volunteers was helpful and it’s good to explore to take photography whilst the working on the building is going on. The stain...  more »
  • [Most Magnificent Cathedral in Europe] An astonishingly tall, enormous, and imposing Gothic cathedral with an extensive history. The cathedral is free to enter but to truly make it a ‘complete’ and... 
    [Most Magnificent Cathedral in Europe] An astonishingly tall, enormous, and imposing Gothic cathedral with an extensive history. The cathedral is free to enter but to truly make it a ‘complete’ and...  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.
  • Majestic, grand and all those similar adjectives. This is the main attraction in cologne and is worth it. The space around the cathedral is also relaxing. The insides of the cathedral is breathtaking. Also you can climb the tower which is also, literally, breathtaking, since there are 500 odd steps to climb. Visit as early as possible to avoid crowd. It is specially beautiful at night with all the lights, it looks surreal.

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