The Cologne Cathedral is Cologne’s iconic image. It is also one of five UNESCO World Heritage sites in the NRW.
The spot the cathedral sits on has been a religious destination for over 1600 years. The current structure didn’t start construction until 1248. It took over 600 years to complete. It finished in 1880.
The convenient location, right next to the Hauptbahnhof, makes it a perfect starting point for a day trip in the city. Pick up a brochure for a small fee and conduct a self-guided tour of the interior.
For those who want to spend more time at the cathedral, climb the tower. The reward? Views of Cologne and the Rhein. Round out the cathedral tour by visiting the treasury.
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Added bonus: the DOMFORUM
Interested in learning even more about the cathedral? Head to the DOMFORUM right next door. They’ll arrange guided tours depending on interests. English tours are available during certain times of the day. There are even tours aimed towards entertaining younger children. The DOMFORUM screens films about the history and significance of Cologne’s cathedral.
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