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Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt
"Board a comfortable coach in Frankfurt and head north on a relaxing 2-hour drive to Cologne in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The old city at the River Rhine is famous for its diverse art scene vibrant nightlife and the annual Cologne Carnival. On arrival in Cologne join a double-decker bus sightseeing tour followed by a guided visit of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom). Learn about the history and impressive architecture of the Cologne Cathedral -- one of the largest Gothic churches in often referred to as the Shrine of the Holy Three Kings.Continue your day trip to Cologne's picturesque historic old town with its Roman buildings and medieval city walls. Your expert guide will tell you about Cologne's 2000-year history and introduce you to top Cologne attractions
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Private Tour: Cologne City Highlights
"Start your tour with a pickup from your Cologne hotel and travel into the center of town with your private guide. While relaxing in the comfort of your air-conditioned minivan chat with your guide about the places on your itinerary and if you would perhaps like to focus on one area more than another simply let your guide know.The first stop on your sightseeing tour is Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) the city’s symbolic landmark and one of Germany’s most striking Gothic monuments. Learn about the Roman Catholic cathedral from the outside of the building while admiring its large frontal facade and then head inside to explore independently. After strolling around the captivating place of worship
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Private Tour: Cologne City Highlights
"Start your tour with a pickup from your Cologne hotel and travel into the center of town with your private guide. While relaxing in the comfort of your air-conditioned minivan chat with your guide about the places on your itinerary and if you would perhaps like to focus on one area more than another simply let your guide know.The first stop on your sightseeing tour is Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) the city’s symbolic landmark and one of Germany’s most striking Gothic monuments. Learn about the Roman Catholic cathedral from the outside of the building while admiring its large frontal facade and then head inside to explore independently. After strolling around the captivating place of worship
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An Impressive Cathedral

Cologne's cathedral (Kölner Dom) is one of the most impressive and also biggest churches in Germany. It may even be the biggest one if consider its size and not its height, but I'm not sure about that. Anyway, it was built in Gothic style but has basically been a construction site ever since. Even today, parts of it are constantly being refurbished or renewed or finished...
The inside is great: a vast Gothic room with beautifully coloured windows through which the sun shines and leaves a strange light inside the church. More impressive still is the view from up the tower. To get on top you have to climb 509 steps (no lift available!), but the view over the Rhine with its many ships, the roofs of the city, the people looking as tiny as ants in the surrounding pedestrian zone, or - as long as the air is clear - the nearby area is marvellous! This is a sight that you definitely shouldn't miss!

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King_Golo
Nov 18, 2016

Look out for the details

Update June 2015:
After many, many times in the cathedral I've only now found out why the shrine of the three wise kings sometimes can be seen quite close and sometimes only from afar through a fence. I realised that I always used to be there on a Saturdayafternoon, when there is confession time in the cathedral and when the entrance to the shrine is cut off by an extra fence. During the week it is open and you can get much closer . So if you want to take a good picture, make sure you visit on a weekday.

Apart from the shrine of the three wise kings,which everybody tries to get a glimpse of, there is so much more to see in the cathedral.
Whenever I'm in Cologne I step into the cathedral and discover some new detail I haven't seen before. This time I decided to really look at the carvings on the benches, aren't they beautiful? Since it's so dark inside the cathedral, I had to use flash and could only see most details later at home on the computer. My favourites are the reading boy and the reading woman, but I also like the little devil very much.

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christine.j
Jun 14, 2015

Cologne Cathedral Treasury

Whilst the cathedral itself is free to visit, the treasury is not.

But, it is worth every cent of the admission price to see the treasures there.

Understandably, there is no photography allowed, so the 1 image on this page is from Wikipedia.

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stevemt
Aug 03, 2014

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral - what can I say that has not been said many times before?

It is beautiful, serene, peaceful, and many more things besides.

A pity that visitors cannot get up to the area round and behind the high altar, but I guess, them is the rules.

Well worth a visit, and then come back again to see the parts you missed the first time.

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stevemt
Aug 03, 2014
 
 
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It's not like you could ignore it...

How could you NOT go to the Dom? It's spires are visible from so many points in the city. In fact, I recommend staying in a hotel near to it so you can use those spires as a guide to get you home when you've had too much Kolsch and are a little confused...

But seriously, we walked by the Dom all the time while in Cologne and every time, I had to stare at it and naturally, take pictures. I put a travelogue together with those photos. Check it out - you know you want to...

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garridogal
Dec 03, 2012

High Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Mary

Officially the Cathedral in Cologne is Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria, or in English: High Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Mary. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and a World Heritage site that gets thousands of visitors a day - it is the main thing to see in Cologne - and you can't really visit without seeing it.

I've seen the Dom twice. Once in 1950 when the rest of the city was in rubble around it, and once in 1964 after a long plane trip. The Cathedral is visible from almost everywhere in town and this was even more the case after WWII. There was nothing standing around the cathedral for several blocks. The tall twin spires were an easily recognizable navigational landmark by Allied aircraft raiding deeper into Germany in the later years of the war.

Opening hours:

November - April / 6:00 - 19:30 hours
May - Oktober / 6:00 - 21:00 hours

During mass sight seeing is not possible.

Now there is an option for a Tower climb which I'm absolutely sure we did not do in 1950 as the Cathedral was still being re-supported from the structural damage from the 70 hits that it took during the war.

Opening hours:
January - February / 9:00 - 16:00 hours
March - April / 9:00 - 17:00 hours
May - September / 9:00 - 18:00 hours
October / 9:00 - 17:00 hours
November - December / 9:00 - 16:00 hours

Admission charge:
Adults / EUR 3,00
Family-Card / EUR 6,-
reduced (schoolchildren, students, handicapped persons with passes) / EUR 1,50,-
combined entrance treasure chamber / tower / EUR 6.-
reduced combined entrance treasure chamber / tower / EUR 3.-
Family-Card: combined entrance treasure chamber / tower / EUR 15.-

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grandmaR
Jun 01, 2012

Climb the Cathedral

To be full your experience you have to climb one of the towers. There are 533 steps in a narrow cylindrical tower! You can feel the adrenaline while climbing and it deserves the view - the whole city from 360 degrees landing. There are 2-3 places where you can stop and have a little rest and on the last one you can see one of the biggest bells I have ever seen.

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mirchica
Apr 24, 2012

The Cathedral

It is impossible to visit Cologne and not visit the Koln Dom St. Peter und Maria. This is the secon tallest church in the World and largest in Northern Europe. Inside there were two huge organs and beautiful colourful windows. Downstairs of the Cathedra you can enjoy The Treasury. The Cathedral stood intact during the bWorld War II as they heave used it as a landmark.

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mirchica
Apr 24, 2012
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"Beautiful Cologne"
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Admire the Magnificent Cologne Cathedral

Also known as Kolner Dom, this massive cathedral is not to be missed. If you leave Cologne without visiting it you'll really be missing out! Cologne Cathedral is the most beautiful church I have ever seen; it's sweeping height makes Paris' Notre Dome look like a doll house. At 474 ft long, 284 ft wide and 515 ft tall, it is the largest Gothic church in northern Europe. And every inch of the structure is covered in ornate stonework and gorgeous statues.

On the inside, pay special attention to the large gold box in the back center of the church. This is the Shrine of the Three Kings, made by Nikolaus von Verdun in 1181-1220 to hold the relics of the Three Kings. These were brought to Cologne from Italy in 1164 by Emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa.

No admission is charged to enter the cathedral unless you are entering as a part of a guided tour.

Hours:
November - April / 6:00 - 19:30 hours
May - October / 6:00 - 21:00 hours
Understandably, the church asks that all sightseers leave during mass.

You may climb one of the towers for a fee of 3 euro.

Tower Hours:
January - February / 9:00 - 16:00 hours
March - April / 9:00 - 17:00 hours
May - September / 9:00 - 18:00 hours
October / 9:00 - 17:00 hours
November - December / 9:00 - 16:00 hours

Information about guided tours and the treasury can be found on the cathedral's website (linked to below).

I have written three blog posts about this incredible landmark. To see them (and tons of extra photos), follow these links:

Exterior: http://address-the-world.blogspot.com/2012/02/cologne-part-1-kolner-dom-exterior.html

Interior: http://address-the-world.blogspot.com/2012/02/cologne-part-2-kolner-dom-interior.html

Details: http://address-the-world.blogspot.com/2012/04/cologne-round-2-part-4-details-of.html

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carrie.kindred
Apr 16, 2012

The Cathedral Treasury

Since the 10th century The cathedral of cologne has been home to many treasures; stored safely in their treasury. These were purpose built rooms, but not open to the public.

The first public display was undertaken in 1867!

The 21 October 2000, saw the opening of the treasury in converted underground vaults. There is a total of 500sqm split across 6 exhibitions rooms.

You can access the treasury from the station or from the cathedral itself.

The treasury is fully accessible to the disabled.

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gordonilla
May 14, 2011

We should meet at the Cathedral

The cathedral is the home of the Cologne Bishopric; this institution dates from the 4th century. The first documented Bishop is Maternus and there is note of him as far back as 313 AD.

I have been reading the guide of the Cathedral, and as with most medieval cathedrals across Europe, their construction is not a quick or easy job to carried out and complete.

It seems that the present cathedral sits on the remains of a structure which had been consecrated in 870 AD. This building was 95m (312 feet) long.

In 1164, the Archbishop (Rainald von Dassel) transferred "the bones of the three Magi" from Milan to this original cathedral. Von Dassel died in 1167, his successor was Phillip von Heinsberg, and it is thought the work was commenced on the cathedral we see today on his instruction. The last piece of construction work ceased in 1560,

However, there were things and amendments needed and in 1846 Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia laid a ground stone, and work recommenced. By 1880, the last finial was placed at the top of the south tower; to mark the importance of this work; Kaiser Wilhelm I was present.

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gordonilla
May 14, 2011

The big cathedral

The cathedral is really the landmark of Cologne. You can see it from almost everywhere in Cologne. Just when you walk out of the trainstation you're infront of the cathedral. Its also possible to climb the stairs to the top to have a magnifent view over the city of Cologne.

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Apr 04, 2011

Things to Do Near Cathedral - Kölner Dom

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Römisch-Germanisches Museum

I love Roman-Gremanic Museum next to the Dome. Everybody comes for the Dome, and the Museum is littlebit overseen, but it has lots to offer. Worth spending few hours looking trought This particular...
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Hohenzollern Brücke

The Hohenzollern Bridge was constructed between 1907 and 1911 and replaced old Cathedral Bridge known as Dombrücke. The new bridge, named Hohenzollernbrücke after the Hohenzollern dynasty, was...
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Groß St. Martin

First church at this place was founded yet in 960 A.D. Present church dedicated to saint martin of Tours was constructed between 1150 and 1250 and this is one of twelve Romanesque Churches of Cologne....
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St. Kunibert's Church

This church dedicated to Saint Kunibert (590-663) who was the tenth bishop of Cologne in Frankish times. He built at this place a church of Saint Clement and later he was buried there. New church was...
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Claudius Therme

This place looks amazing, I spotted it when we were coming into land(?!) in the Rhine park after our cablecar adventure! After seeing it, I heard from various people in our hostel that it was...
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Beethoven House

Beethoven was born in a small room at the back of this house in 1770. The front part, at that time, was a pub called Im Mohren, which is why that is written across the front of the building. The...
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