Köln Dom (Gothic Cathedral)

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Domkloster 4, Cologne, Germany

Köln Dom (Gothic Cathedral) Cologne Reviews

17 reviews
Dizzy Dom Jan 08, 2012
One word I would use to describe the Gothic Cathedral in Koln Germany was MASSIVE! The cathedral itself on the outside is stunning. If you are not completely gobsmacked when you see it, then I would be interested in speaking with you. I went a couple days before Christmas. It was crowded on the outside, but I guess most people don't want to climb the 507 steps to the top. Once we paid we made our way up. I didn't know that it was going to be spiral staircase with traffic going up and down. Talk about motion sickness. Anything that makes me walk in a small circle over and over again is bound to make me sick. Lets just say I was happy to make it out of there! It can get crowded on the weekends and its not heated inside. If your going to climb to the top don't forget a marker-water-and good shoes.
Myself standing in front...just ca…
Big bell inside...it went off whil…
The tunnel
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kbuch050 kbuch050
8 reviews
A breathtakingly beautiful Gothic Cathedral Jan 12, 2011
How does one begin to describe something so magnificent?

Once the tallest architectural masterpiece in the world, The Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) is definitely one of the world's most impressive cathedrals today. Construction of this ornate church began in the 12th Century, and took approximately 600 years to complete. The site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List of culturally important sites in 1996.

The Kölner Dom's most reverant relic is the golden and jewel encrusted Sarcophagus of the Magi, which is said to hold to the skulls of the Three Magi who visited Christ. The cathedral contains many other intricate works of art and sculpture, including: The Gero Cross, the Chapel of the Virgin, and the Madonna of Milan. Additionally, the expansive Gothic nave leaves many onlookers in awe.

For the more adventurous, purchase a pass for 2,50 Euro to climb 533 steps up the winding stairway of one of the cathedral towers. If you need a short break en route, there is a short passageway where you can see two of the old cathedral bells. Once you reach the top and catch your breath, a panoramic view of the city of Köln awaits you, along with the picturesque Rhine River.

Whether it is a sacred religious site, relics of another time, or impressive architecture that you seek, memories of the Kölner Dom will undoubtedly touch your heart for years to come.
a Kölner Dom altar
Kölner Dom Nave
Kölner Dom
Kölner Dom Bell Tower
AshleyShrson says:
Enjoy the places Cologne has to offer you
Posted on: Jun 08, 2013
tallguy464 tallguy4…
4 reviews
Amazing Jun 17, 2011
All I can say is this cathedral is amazing! I walked out of the train station and immediately was confronted by this massive awe inducing cathedral. If your travelling anywhere near Koln (cologne) you need to stop by and take a look at this cathedral!
inside the cathedral
lilypad83 lilypad83
5 reviews
A must-see for every visitor and local Apr 27, 2010
The cathedral is something every visitor, recently new resident and local has to see - from the inside and out.

I moved to Cologne a few years ago and everytime I walk close by the cathedral I am awed. Don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing it :) I'm not really religious, but there is something about it that makes me keep coming back.

If you can, you should go on one of the quided tours of the cathedral. They give a lot of nice little insights and I personally think such tours are just better than reading about how the cathedral was built from a pamphlet. :)

Entrance to the Cathedral is of course free. If you like to also get a great view of the city from the top you can climb the spiral staircase up one of the towers for a small fee of currently 2,50 Euro.

So if you're ever in Cologne be sure to stop by the most famous and beloved sight!
The Cathedral at dusk
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Tinavoyage says:
Thanks for sharing & your´re so right! I live close by (city of Essen) and this place is truly beautiful! Reall worth seeing :-)
Posted on: Jan 12, 2011
Eric says:
Cool! Thanks for sharing :)
Posted on: Jul 20, 2009
jacki118 jacki118
13 reviews
i lost count after 347... Sep 03, 2008
what do you do when you're in cologne, have an hour to kill and a burning desire to beat the sh*t out of your thighs? go up the dom tower.

it's a spiralling maze of stairs. after 100 you'll want to rest and you'll also ask yourself how many more there are. i wish i could tell you the exact number, but exhaustion impaired my ability to count. plus there was a kid in front of me counting in german which threw off my english.

don't give up. you'll get a rest about half-way to see these huuuge gargantuan bells. the guy in the little booth is very flirtatious as well. he came out of his box and fanned me off with his book. super nice. then when i started rubbing my thighs to get the circulation going, he mimed that he would do it...MY CUE TO LEAVE. i kindly said no, laughed and walked away. i totally could've used another 5 minute rest too. oh well.

the end is near. you get to a look-out point and start thinking to yourself, "am i afraid of heights?" terrible time to consider this. JUST GO. you've made it this far. now instead of a spiral staircase you have these metal framed stairs. pretty sturdy. you get all the way to the top and MERCY, you can see the whole city. it's breathtaking. you forget about how grueling and intense that trek was, you're not tired at all, and you think about nothing. magnificent.

and now, making it down. sure, it's quick. but it's still exhausting. my legs were shaking. i had to sit. once i made it down i went into the cathedral itself and sat in one of the pews. amazing stained glass and statues all over. prayer candles being lit. people taking solace in the silence. people kneeling down in prayer at altars. it was very humbling. and then there's me, the bumbling idiot taking pictures of everything and having a chat with god...

"hey dude, wassup? i'm here man. this is nuts. you did a good job here, bro. look after my mom and my sister. thanks man. peace."

that's my prayer.

maybe you'll make it down to the dom and give a little shout-out like this too!!
the dom. tilt your head. sorry!!
i don't know what bridge this is, …
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homeres says:
i climbed the Dom once, i have no desire to climb it again becuase of the heights issues i have!! sometimes!
Posted on: Oct 13, 2010
homeres homeres
63 reviews
Checking Out the God 'Dom' Cathedral!!!! Mar 30, 2008
it's a work in progress, the title is perfect!!! But if this title offends you, by all means let me know, I will put a writer's disclaimer that you do not have to read my review but u think my title is religiously offensive or using God's name in vain. Thank You.

The Cologne Dom Catherdal is one of the most revered, beautiful church in Germany! There is none like it, I remember when I first stepped outside from the Koln BHF, i was simple in awestruck.

It is one of those structures you can't jus walk by and not notice, it is there and it has survived through WWII, and time as well.

There is a guided tour but if you are like me, jus wandered around the church and discover it for yourself.

There is a fee to climb the 507 steps in the tower (2 euro charge). It is highly not advised to wear heels, going up. And HIGHLY not advised to run while going down, if you want to be the ASS that falls down 507 steps, i hope they catch that on the YouTube!

The top is high, it feels like forever and if you're not in good shape you will probably need a couple breathers cuz it will take a while to climb the tower.

During sunday morning services you probably wont be allowed to take pictures.
...feel the colors?
The Dom
ground level
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diverdan15 says:
Sounds Great I will definitely consider it! THX for the recommendation!
Posted on: May 22, 2012
babbs babbs
2 reviews
Cathedral :) Aug 10, 2008
It is incredible! :) one must definitely climb the stairs and go all the way to the very top!! :) i was very impressed by the views. if the weather was better it would have been splendid but alas it was rainy and cloudy. the stairs are very narrow and one can feel quite constricted going up and down the stairs which can be a set back for those who cannot stand tight and small spaces. A must see Cathedral !

it is also extremely hilarious, that from all the places in Cologne this is where I meet a group of maltese people! hehe. utterly hilarious :)
the view from the top! :)
MelindaGood MelindaG…
2 reviews
beautiful but rude Jul 23, 2008
I have to say this is the most beautiful church you can see..... ever.... it's wonderful!!!! If you can make it, there are free concerts on the organs every Tuesday night..... However... be careful not to upset the actual priests by... living. They can be very pushy and rude, even some catholic friends were kicked out because they didn't recognize them as regular members. Most of the day it's ok to wander through the large sanctuary, but beware for anyone in a robe!
aggiephikt aggiephi…
6 reviews
View from the TOP! Jul 11, 2008
Went to Koln for a short 3 day weekend. Had a blast! One of my favorite things was making the hike up the South Tower of the Koln Cathedral. It was definitely a hike at 510 steps but well worth the effort. The views are amazing!
View from the top of the Dom Cathe…
sarahelaine sarahela…
651 reviews
Dec 09, 2007
Cologne Cathedral is a spectacular cathedral in Cologne. A UNESCO heritage sight, it is one of the largest churches in the world, and seriously tall - a quick check on wikipedia gives the towers a height of 157m. It was started in the 13th century and mostly finished by the middle of the 19th century, and it houses a sarcophagus that allegedly contains the remains of the three wise men from the nativity story. It's literally right outside the station. You can get in for free, although there are charges for the treasury and the tower. The tower is 2€.

The cathedral has spectacular ceilings, mosaics, and amazing windows. It is large, even by cathedral standards, and very beautiful. It's late gothic, so there are many interesting gargoyles and things.

The tower is accessed up some very, very narrow stairs, and there are no controls on people going up or down at different times so you will meet a lot of people and have to squeeze past each other. The tower would therefore be a very, very bad idea in any sort of uncomfortable shoes, if you had any issues with mobility, or if heights or spiral staircases scare you. You climb to just a bit short of the full height of the cathedral and the views over the city and the Rhine are spectacular.

Well worth a trip.
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Hummingbird Hummingb…
72 reviews
A must see! May 18, 2005
The Gothic Cathedral in Koln, Germany should be on everyone’s list of places to see. We only got to spend a short time there, but I must say that the moment you see it and get a chance to walk in the doors you will be changed. Back when this cathedral was built it was thought that the taller the spires and ceiling the closer you were to god and he would hear your prayers easier.

Since the middle the end of the last century they have been trying to remove the coal deposits on the exterior, so every shot of the exterior will include scaffolding which has been up the for years. It takes hard elbow grease to remove the black coal soot. But the detail remains and it is the most magnificent you will ever see.
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seraphimkarlien seraphim…
93 reviews
One of the most beautiful churches in Europe Aug 01, 2001
Cologne cathedral is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful churches, inside and out. It's right next to the train station so even on a short stopover in Cologne you can visit it.

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