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  • Address: Cologne, Germany
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Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) Tours

With its imposing Gothic façade and dramatic twin towers, the Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the city’s most recognized landmark. Protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the magnificent cathedral is one of the most important in Germany and dominates the city skyline.
 
The Basics
No city tour of Cologne is complete without a visit to the Cologne Cathedral, and most sightseeing tours include at least a photo stop at the famous landmark. Visible from all over the city, it’s possible to see the cathedral on a walking or biking tour, admire the views on a Rhine River cruise, or visit on a day trip from nearby cities, such as Frankfurt.
 
Visitors to the cathedral can also explore the interiors, visit the Treasure Chamber, and climb the bell tower for a spectacular view of the city.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • There is an entrance fee to climb the tower and visit the Treasure Chamber.
  • In addition to being a tourist attraction, the cathedral also hosts regular masses, choir performances, and organ recitals.
  • While there is no official dress code to enter the cathedral, it’s recommended to dress modestly.
  • Most areas of the church are wheelchair accessible.
 
How to Get There
Cologne Cathedral is located at the western end of Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne Old Town. The cathedral stands right next to Cologne Central Station and can be easily reached on foot from many of the central attractions.
 
When to Get There
The cathedral is open year-round, but with some 20,000 daily visitors, it can get extremely busy, especially in the peak months of July and August. To avoid the crowds, opt for an early morning or evening visit.
 
Inside the Kölner Dom
The real highlights of Kölner Dom are inside. Most notable is the Shrine of the Magi, or shrine of the Three Wise Men, containing relics of Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. Visitors can also admire stunning stained-glass windows, the bronze altar by Elmar Hillebrand, and the Gero Crucifix. Visitors can climb the South Tower to take a peek at St. Peter's Bell and view the treasury’s holy relics, sacred artworks, and gold, bronze, and ivory sculptures.

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Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt, Frankfurt, null
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Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt

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Explore the historic city of Cologne on this full-day trip from Frankfurt to enjoy a guided tour of the city. Visit the world-famous Cologne Cathedral ...  Read more

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

From USD $214.11
Cologne Sightseeing Cruise, Cologne, Day Trips
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Cologne Sightseeing Cruise

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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: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $12.04
Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise, Cologne, Day Cruises
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Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise

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Explore the historical city of Cologne at your leisure with this hop-on hop-off bus tour and Rhine River sightseeing cruise. With a ticket valid for 24 hours, ...  Read more

Location: Cologne, Germany
Duration: Flexible

From USD $27.37
Rhine River Evening Panorama Cruise in Cologne, Cologne, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Rhine River Evening Panorama Cruise in Cologne

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In the evening, this tour weighs anchor in Cologne for a two hour evening panorama cruise against the magnificent backdrop of the cathedral city. The tour ...  Read more

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

From USD $20.37
Cologne Rhine River Dinner Cruise, Cologne, Night Cruises
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Cologne Rhine River Dinner Cruise

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Relax on a 3-hour Rhine River dinner cruise, enjoying panoramic views of Cologne as you dine on a buffet of regional specialties, including drinks. While ...  Read more

Location: Cologne, Germany
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.75
Cologne Super Saver: Sightseeing Cruise and Meal at Hard Rock Cafe Cologne, Cologne, Dinner Cruises
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Cologne Super Saver: Sightseeing Cruise and Meal at Hard Rock Cafe Cologne

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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.)

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Private Tour: Cologne City Highlights, Cologne, Dining Experiences
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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 $80.46
Cologne Christmas Sunday Brunch Cruise, Cologne, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Cologne Christmas Sunday Brunch Cruise

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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 $50.81

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