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  • Hours: Nov - Apr 6am - 7:30pm, May - Oct 6am - 9pm. No sightseeing permitted during services
  • Admission: Free. Tower Climb: € 2.50, Treasury: € 4

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Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral)

The Kölner Dom, also known as the Cologne Cathedral, is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. In the 19th century, it was the tallest building in the world. Amazingly, it would take 632 years to complete.

Begun in 1248, the Kölner Dom was commissioned as a suitable place to house the relics of the Three Kings, acquired and delivered by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. Construction was predictably slow, beginning with the east wing. At some point in 1473, construction came to a stop and it remained at rest for four centuries, marked by a crane that loomed over the south tower; until 1842, when a civic organization raised the bulk of the money to finish construction. In today’s dollars, the cost for finishing Kölner Dom would be over a billion dollars. Finally, in 1880, Germany’s largest cathedral was completed.

The Kölner Dom’s sheer scale projects an indomitable spirit, and as such, it is a symbol of the city. In World War II, it bore the brunt of 70 airborne bombs, yet still remained intact, towering over the otherwise flattened city. Today, it is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne, and a bastion of Catholicism in Germany. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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As a symbol of the city, of Catholicism in Germany, and a testament to human imagination and ingenuity, the Kölner Dom is one of the most popular attractions in all of Germany, receiving as many as 30,000 visitors a day.

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Cologne Christmas Sunday Brunch Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Capture the Christmas spirit as you cruise along the majestic Rhine River through the grand old city of Cologne and indulge in a decadent brunch buffet. Admire ...  Read more

Location: Cologne, Germany
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00

Private Tour: Cologne City Highlights

Get to know Cologne on a 2-hour comprehensive sightseeing tour, led by a private guide. Rest your feet and travel around the city by private minivan, hopping ...  Read more

Location: Cologne, Germany
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $69.42

Cologne Combo: Sightseeing Cruise and Meal at Hard Rock Cafe Cologne

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 11 Reviews

Combine a 1-hour Rhine River sightseeing cruise with a skip-the-line pass to eat at Hard Rock Cafe Cologne! Simply select one of six start times for the ...  Read more

Location: Cologne, Germany
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $28.87

Cologne Sightseeing Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

Enjoy a one-hour panoramic Rhine River sightseeing cruise and soak in the spirit of Cologne. The Rhine River provides access to many of the city’s major ...  Read more

Location: Cologne, Germany
Duration: 1-2 hours

From USD $10.60

Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt

4.5 star rating: Recommended 10 Reviews

Explore the historic city of Cologne on this full-day trip from Frankfurt! Travel by luxury coach to Cologne and enjoy a guided tour of the city. Visit the ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $181.64

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