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Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) Tours

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Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)
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.
Address: Cologne, Germany
Admission: Varies
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Cologne Sightseeing round-trip CruiseDay Cruises

Cologne Sightseeing round-trip Cruise

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Admire beautiful Cologne from the water on a sightseeing cruise along the Rhine River. Choose from a range of departure times and watch top Cologne attractions including twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, the Old Town and the Hohenzollern Bridge unfold as you cruise along the world-famous river. Buy drinks such as the much-loved local Koelsch beer from the bar, and hear about Cologne’s long and illustrious history while you sail. If you wish, choose to enjoy a longer, 2-hour evening cruise to see Cologne’s sights sparkling with lights along the riversides.
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Cologne City Tour - Historical Tours

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Cologne City Tour - "Cathedral City Experience on the Rhine"

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DISCOVER UNKNOWN DETAILS OF COLOGNE Welcome to an interesting and exciting journey through 2000 years of city history - from the Roman city foundation (CCAA) Colonia to "Kölle" to today's Cologne. Discover on this special Cologne CITY TOUR not only the already obvious, but especially for visitors Cologne rather hidden and thus less known attractions of the internationally famous Rhine metropolis. "Unknown details": Experience has shown that many tour visitors - even if they live and / or work in and around Cologne - have come to know many new, previously unknown, fascinating backgrounds, places and details of Cologne on our tours ... Learn the The popular, cosmopolitan city of the cathedral can be known to us in a different way by discovering surprising and unexpected details that are only really known to a few people at the KÖLN-CITY TOUR.
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Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing CruiseDay Cruises

Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise

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Explore the best of Cologne on this narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit many of Cologne’s top attractions—like Cologne Cathedral and Cologne City Hall, plus visit the Old Town district, bustling Roncalliplatz, the historic Alter Markt square and much more. Select the 1-day pass, then board at any of the 16 stops and get to know this landmark of High Gothic architecture in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary in English and German. Audio guides in nine languages also available. A Rhine River sightseeing cruise is also included.
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Cologne All-inclusive Evening CruiseHalf-day Tours

Cologne All-inclusive Evening Cruise

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Looking for a unique way spend an evening in Cologne? Take a leisurely dinner cruise along the city’s dazzling waterfront! Spend three hours floating along the Rhine River, savoring delicious regional cuisine and listening to music spun by a live DJ. Stroll the deck at sunset, indulge in a freshly prepared buffet and complimentary drinks, and take in beautifully illuminated sights such as Hohenzollern Bridge and Cologne Cathedral after dusk.
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Cologne Walking tour of Old Town Private and Luxury

Cologne Walking tour of Old Town

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Cologne is one of Germany’s biggest cities, which can make it daunting for a first-time visitor to navigate around. Avoid the hassle of getting lost by going on this guided walking tour of the Old Town. It’s a great way to get your bearings, and to learn about the city’s history too. See Cologne Cathedral, the Town Hall, Great St. Martin’s Church, the Old Market Place, and more.
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Cologne: 1-Hour Sightseeing FlightPrivate and Luxury

Cologne: 1-Hour Sightseeing Flight

Board a private plane and share your pilot’s passion for flying while you soar above the sights of Cologne (Köln). Seeing the city from the air is an unforgettable way to learn about the landscape, with informative commentary provided by the pilot. You’ll have stunning views of UNESCO-listed Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) and beyond to the Rur Reservoir.
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Small-Group Bike Tour of Cologne with GuideMountain Bike Tours

Small-Group Bike Tour of Cologne with Guide

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With its scenic waterfront, grand bridges, and UNESCO-listed Cathedral, Cologne offers an atmospheric backdrop for a cycling tour. This bike tour ensures that you maximize your time, exploring much further than a walking tour. The circuit takes in landmarks such as Cologne Cathedral, Hohenzollern Bridge, and the Rhine River, including plenty of photo stops along the way.
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Cologne Walking tour with a visit to world famous CathedralHalf-day Tours

Cologne Walking tour with a visit to world famous Cathedral

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Cologne Private Walking TourPrivate and Luxury

Cologne Private Walking Tour

Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany, founded by the Romans in AD 50, when it was called “Colonia Claudia Ara Aggrippinensium”. Rome's imperial governor lived here and the city was quickly considered one of the empire's most important trade and manufacturing centres north of the Alps. Thereafter it was occupied by the Franks and was made an archbishopric (the office of an archbishop) by Charlemagne. It survived World War II and it is today considered a major cultural centre with museums ranking among the best in the world.
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Private Tour: Cologne City HighlightsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Private Tour: Cologne City Highlights

Visit beautiful Cologne on this private, guided sightseeing tour, great for those with limited time in the city. Enjoy personalized attention while learning about the history of the city, a landmark of High Gothic architecture set amidst the reconstructed Old Town. See the Cologne Cathedral and the Romanesque Catholic Great St. Martin Church, plus visit bustling Roncalliplatz, the historic Alter Markt square and much more. Cologne hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Cologne 1933-1945 Walking Tour Private Sightseeing Tours

Cologne 1933-1945 Walking Tour

Explore how the inhabitants here coped with their daily life in the dark times of 1933-1945. Find out why Cologne Cathedral apparently stayed free of damage after more than 200 air raids and why the old town had to be rebuilt completely. What happened to the enemies of Hitler’s regime and to those opposing the National Socialist dictatorship? In those dark years, all the achievements of the Weimar Republic were abolished in just an instant. During this guided tour, you will visit several sights with a reference to this decade. Experience the city’s history and main events of the period with our professional guide!
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Sancta Colonia: Through the Heart of Cologne Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMapPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Sancta Colonia: Through the Heart of Cologne Walking Audio Tour by VoiceMap

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Magic Christmas Tour in CologneChristmas

Magic Christmas Tour in Cologne

The exclusive tour only in the Christmas period! This special times brings magic Cologne city. Together with the professional local guide, you will visit the most beautifully decorated places. You will feel spellbound with the charming atmosphere in the streets which you can feel only this time of the year! What is the story of the Christmas tree? Who was the first to decorate it in the world? What magical things can happen during the Christmas period? Have you heard about Christmas spells? You will hear miraculous Christmas legends about Cologne city. You will visit the old-fashioned Christmas Market situated in Kölner Dom. What makes it so popular? What local products is must taste at Christmas? Fill your heart with the joy and experience magic of Cologne city.
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Rhine River Evening Panorama Cruise in CologneAudio Guides

Rhine River Evening Panorama Cruise in Cologne

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Experience Cologne’s magical nighttime landscape from the water on this evening Rhine River cruise. Dine and drink à la carte from the onboard restaurant against the backdrop of illuminated landmarks like the famous Cologne Cathedral. With comfortable amenities and unparalleled views of riverside landmarks, it’s a memorable way to spend an evening in Germany’s fourth-largest city.
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Discovery walk in Cologne: Highlights & Hidden GemsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Discovery walk in Cologne: Highlights & Hidden Gems

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Discover the popular attractions of Cologne as well as its hidden secrets on this interactive city discovery game. You won’t have to learn how to use new devices, as the game can be accessed from your smartphone. It can also be used on multiple devices at once, so you won’t have a problem if your battery dies. Solve 15 clues and discover Cologne’s old town gems while you're playing. It’s a great way to go sightseeing and have fun at the same time.
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Cologne Night Tour - Night Tours

Cologne Night Tour - "Torch Tour with Till vun Kölle"

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UNIQUE NIGHT GUIDED TOUR IN COLOGNE: THE IDEAL MIX OF ENTERTAINMENT & KNOWLEDGE Your special night experience on the weekend! You can expect an atmospheric and really extraordinary nightly torch tour with the legendary Till of Cologne: When the sun goes down and sinks in the Rhine, the nocturnal Cologne awakens to new life and shows its other side for the guests of the TILL NIGHT GUIDANCE. In the magic of the night, reinforced by the moonshine, sometimes forgotten history and people come to life. The legendary TILL takes you on nocturnal paths through winding streets and hidden corners of the city. You wander with him through past centuries from Colonia to Kölle back to today's Cologne. TILL will illuminate your path with his torch, so you can see hidden and undiscovered even in the dark.
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Sightseeing tour Cologne with a private tour guide only for you or your group!Private Sightseeing Tours

Sightseeing tour Cologne with a private tour guide only for you or your group!

Discover Cologne with all your senses! We are offering sightseeing tours in Cologne, Germany, for groups, individuals and businesspersons. Our clients benefit from our local guides. The tour is not centered only around the historical facts and the famous Dom Cathedral, but also around the local culture and people, culinary highlights, hidden gems and insider stories. Please feel free to reach out. Tour timings and itinerary are flexible and can be changed depending on availability and demand. --- Travel brings power and love back into your life .--- by Rumi
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COLOGNE GHOST TOUR: Haunted City Center Exploration Game (Cologne Cathedral)Private Sightseeing Tours

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COLOGNE GHOST TOUR: Haunted City Center Exploration Game (Cologne Cathedral)

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Embark on a quest around Cologne by solving clues that will take you to the most haunted places in the city, all with the help of your smartphone. Unlock new stories as you discover on your own Cologne Cathedral, Domplatte, the historic Old Town, and more. + Discover the most haunted streets, villas, and squares in the city + Find out the horror stories of the people who used to live there + Solve clues on your phone while you visit the haunted Cologne You are invited to discover the captive souls, the spirits and the mysterious skeletons of Cologne with an interactive city exploration app. Each clue will lead you from one place to another, giving you exact directions, so you won’t need a map, a GPS or a guide. When you solve it and guess the answer, the secret story of that place is unlocked. Along the way, you’ll find horror stories that will give you the chills. Dare you go on this tour?
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Photogenic Cologne with a LocalCultural Tours

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Cologne Kölsch Tour & Beer TastingPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Cologne Kölsch Tour & Beer Tasting

Go ahead and experience the local beer jewel – Kölsch. It is a classic tour during which you will roam through at least 3 brewery pubs around the area of Cologne Cathedral to taste different types of the typical Cologne beer named Kölsch and get to know their special atmosphere. You will find out more about the history of this top-fermented light beer and its traditions, as well as its production and what it makes different to other beers. Taste this bright and clear beer with a straw-yellow hue. Cologne’s general history will be of concern, too. Come and join our professional guide for a sip of Kölsch.
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The Best of Cologne Walking Tour Private Sightseeing Tours

The Best of Cologne Walking Tour

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11 Cologne stories - an exciting scavenger huntAttraction Tickets

11 Cologne stories - an exciting scavenger hunt

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Discover Cologne playfully, with a scavenger hunt! You can expect a modern city rally, where you come across tricky puzzles and interesting information about Cologne's history. Feel like Sherlock Holmes and reveal the secrets of the city. Playfully gain new insights and have fun. On the approx. 2.5km long route you will learn interesting facts and myths, meet women who have shaped the development of Cologne, get to know the attractive places of the Rhine metropolis. Immediately after the start you dive into a world full of hidden clues and enigmatic pictures. At the end of each task, exciting information about the respective sights awaits you. ⭐ HIGH lights »Independence of tourist guides and groups »Only a smartphone with internet connection needed »Suitable for individuals and groups »Playful mediation of interesting contents »Informative, exciting, amusing »Already from 6 Euro per person
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11 Cologne stories - an exciting scavenger hunt tourSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

11 Cologne stories - an exciting scavenger hunt tour

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