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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne

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Must see · World heritage site · Architectural Building · Church
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World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral is one of the country's most-visited landmarks. Its imposing spires are visible from many locations around the city. This is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe, measuring 144 m (474 ft) long, 86 m (284 ft) wide, and 157 m (515 ft) high. Begun in 1248, the cathedral wasn't finished until 1880, when its two spires gave it the largest facade of any church in the world. The city's medieval builders planned this grand structure as a place of worship for the Holy Roman Emperor. Despite being left incomplete for so many centuries, the cathedral was always seen as a masterpiece of architecture and an important reminder of Christianity's strength in medieval Europe. For unbeatable views of the surrounding area, take the 509 stairs to the top of the south tower. See Cologne Cathedral and all Cologne has to offer by arranging your trip with our Cologne online tour planner.
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  • A beautiful inspiring Cathedral. A wonderous place to light a candle for someone. Free to enter when we were there, very majestic. 
    A beautiful inspiring Cathedral. A wonderous place to light a candle for someone. Free to enter when we were there, very majestic.  more »
  • Beautiful and majestic are the two words that come to my mind. It's huge and beautful from outside as well as inside. Only disappointing thing is that they do not light it up during the dark... 
    Beautiful and majestic are the two words that come to my mind. It's huge and beautful from outside as well as inside. Only disappointing thing is that they do not light it up during the dark...  more »
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  • Majestic, grand and all those similar adjectives. This is the main attraction in cologne and is worth it. The space around the cathedral is also relaxing. The insides of the cathedral is breathtaking. Also you can climb the tower which is also, literally, breathtaking, since there are 500 odd steps to climb. Visit as early as possible to avoid crowd. It is specially beautiful at night with all the lights, it looks surreal.
  • Located in the heart of cologne, right next to the train station. This cathedral is so magical and the view is breathtaking. Would suggest early hours to avoid the crowd. Also there are some relaxing places outside the cathedral. Beautiful at night with lights on. This is also under one of the UNESCO world heritage sites.

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