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Cologne Cathedral - 5 Things to Know Before Visiting

Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany

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About Cologne Cathedral

In 1996 Cologne Cathedral was declared as a world heritage site and it is Germany's most visited landmark. At 157 m, it is the tallest twin-spired church in the world, the second tallest church in Europe and the third tallest church in the world. Its construction began in 1248 but stopped around 1560 until the 1840s, and completed in 1880. About 20,000 people visit the church everyday.

Attractions Near Cologne Cathedral

Augustusburg and Falkenlust Palaces
Augustusburg and Falkenlust Palaces13.04km from Cologne Cathedral

The Augustusburg and Falkenlust Palaces were built at the beginning of the 18th century in Brühl. It is a UNESCO cultural World Heritage Site since 1984. It was used as a building for guests of the state by the German President till 1994, as it is not far from Bonn, which was the capital of the Federal Republic of Germany at that time.

Phantasialand16.56km from Cologne Cathedral

This theme park that was opened in 1967 in Brühl attracts around 2 million visitors annually. It has six themed areas such as Berlin, Wuze Town and Deep in Africa. It also has many roller coasters, water rides and thrill rides.

Schloss Benrath
Schloss Benrath25.19km from Cologne Cathedral

Benrath Palace completed in 1770 is a Baroque-style palace in the residential suburb, Benrath. It was built for the Elector Palatine Charles Theodor and his wife, Countess Palatine Elisabeth Auguste of Sulzbach and has been proposed to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The main building called corps de logis is a museum with guided tours.

House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany

The House of the History of the Federal Republic of Germany was opened in 1994. It is a modern history museum in Bonn, Germany, and one of the most famous museums in the country. The place exhibits German history since 1945, and it has over 75,000 political cartoons and caricatures.

Rheinaue Park
Rheinaue Park28.58km from Cologne Cathedral

It is a 160-hectare recreational area called the Rheinaue by locals located in Bonn city. Designed as a park, it features many beautiful plants, buildings, and artworks.

Classic Remise Dusseldorf
Classic Remise Dusseldorf29.76km from Cologne Cathedral

Opened in 2006 in a tram depot, Classic Remise Dusseldorf is a center for vintage cars. This landmrk building consists of garages, services and dealers for classic cars, shops for spare parts, clothing, model cars, accessories and restaurants.

Where is Cologne Cathedral

Discover More Attractions in North Rhine-Westphalia, Where Cologne Cathedral Is Located

North Rhine-Westphalia

North Rhine-Westphalia is the most populated state in the country, with 17,912,134 people representing 21.5% of the population. It is located in western Germany, covering an area of 34,084 km, which makes it the fourth largest state out of 16 states in Germany.

What Visitors Say About Cologne Cathedral

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Nele Lenze
Nele Lenze
This cathedral is huge and was built between 1248 and 1880. We visited on a sunny day and enjoyed the gothic architecture. Near the treasury you can find a small section that addresses some controversies around the cathedral for example its role in the Holocaust and that the church kept its anti-semitic decoration on the outside structure.
The visit is free but if you like to walk up the tower you need to pay 6 Euros and take a separate entrance on the side of the church.