Cologne Cathedral (Dom)

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Domkloster 3, Cologne, Germany
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Cologne Cathedral (Dom) Reviews

JasperO JasperO
51 reviews
The big Dom Mar 20, 2013
When you visit Cologne, you could not miss this big Cathedral. The towers of the cathedral are 157meters high and you can see them from all over the city.

At the cathedral you can watch the cathedral itself, bring a visit to the treasure chamber or you can climb the towers. For the visit of the treasure chamber you will have to pay a fee of 5 euros. The climb of one of the towers will cost you 3 euros. Visit the catherdral is free.

When you are in the cathedral you can see how big it is. You can walk around in this big building. In the back of the cathedral you can find the altar. The windows of the cathedral are all made of stained glass and had beautiful images about stories from the Bible.
Almost the total cathedral
The cathedral
The cathedral in Cologne
The cathedral inside
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Cho says:
Reading this and looking at your photos of the Dom cathedral brought back fond memories of my visit there. Thanks for sharing.
Posted on: Dec 23, 2015
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WalterC WalterC
389 reviews
Very much worth going Mar 08, 2010
Located right by the train station, the Cologne Cathedral is a huge Gothic church, that towers really high. It is the first thing to notice when exiting out of the train station.

Also called the Koln Dom or Koln Cathedral, this cathedral took a very long time to complete. Constructed started in 1248 during the Middle Ages, and was completed by 1880. Yes, it took over 6 centuries to build this thing. The cathedral suffered damage during World War II, but surprisingly, it was still standing, and one of the few that remained standing. That is remarkable, when considering the fact that almost all of Germany was flattened by bombs. Since then, it has been restored to its original appearance over the years.

It is free to enter inside, and well worth the time, as the place is just huge. There are really nice parts to see, like the various chapels, frescos, stained glass windows, and the Shrine of the Three Kings. Plus some statues as well. Outside of the cathedral, there is a Roman arch, and just looking at the outside is worth it itself.

Keep in mind that during the winter months, the cathedral is NOT heated at all. So yes, you will be freezing inside, just as much (if not more so) as you would be outside.

There is the option of climbing to the top of one of the spires. This part is not free, and you can only reach the top by climbing over 500 steps in a winding, twisting stairs, with no elevator. And once you reach the top, the views are nice, but not as great as it could be. That is because there was a fence around the deck, making it hard to take photos. Considering the difficult climb to the top, this was really disappointing.

If there was a reason to visit Cologne, this cathedral would definitely be one reason, at least for the interior. The climb to the top of one of the spires was a little bit of a letdown. But still, I came to Cologne mainly for this place, and it did not disappoint. Very much worth visiting!
front of cathedral
Roman arch
inside cathedral
statue
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WalterC says:
Yeah, I can't believe they actually continued working on it, even though the original architects would be long gone, and the architecture style would probably be outdated soon enough.
Posted on: Dec 24, 2015
Zagnut66 says:
Those contractors really stretched out that construction job.
Posted on: Dec 23, 2015
WalterC says:
Thanks!
Posted on: Dec 23, 2015
Africancrab Africanc…
775 reviews
The Feeling of Smallness when you get inside Feb 07, 2009
One of Cologne’s biggest tourist and religious attraction is the Cathedral; it was the highlight of my visit back in 1998. The focus changed of course in 2009, but nevertheless, a must see! It is a spectacular sight to see, it towers the skyline of Cologne and can be seen from across the town. It is hard to fathom how it was constructed back in the day. Construction of the Dom began in the 1200s but completed many years later in 1880. It is the largest Gothic Church in Europe. Its original purpose was to house the reliquary of three kings and a worship house for the Roman Emperor, but the construction was halted for some reason for many years.

It is a testimony to faith and the unfailing spirit of human endeavors. It is one of those attractions that one must visit, tour and take time to appreciate the details of, in order to fathom the significance of it.

My mistake was visiting in the summer; the crowds are incredibly big, making it almost uncomfortable to tour. The steps and plaza area were almost unbearable. In the winter of 2009 however, I was able to fully enjoy touring the cathedral, it was still busy, but nothing like what happens in the summer (June – August). With a friend, we tried to climb the 509 stone steps to the top of one of the spires, but I was in no physical shape to go the distance. But if you can, be adventurous and go to the top, I hear it is quite something.

I will tell you what I enjoyed; the interior and artifacts. The exterior looks ragged, but that is from surviving the fires of World War II; a constant reminder too of the destructive nature of wars. It is a relief that many of the religious artifacts were preserved and can be seen.

The Cathedral was named a UNESCO Cultural World Heritage Site in 1996. Because of its importance and delicacy, there is a height limit on buildings constructed near the cathedral.
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Africancrab says:
Thank you David and Alyssa
Posted on: Jul 19, 2012
alyssa_ob says:
Nice! I was there in August 2011...but I don't think I've gotten around to writing reviews yet. The view from the top was nice but the hike up in summer was quite hot and crowded.
Posted on: Jul 18, 2012
davidx says:
You get a well deserved smile but I don't like having to think it was over 50 years since I was there!
Posted on: Jul 18, 2012

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