Why Visiting the Cologne Cathedral in Germany Is Fascinating

Cologne Germany is the fourth largest city in Germany located in the western part of the country. Known for several Romanesque cathedrals present here, this place continues to entice visitors for a pilgrimage. This is most especially to the Cologne Cathedral where the biblical Three Kings / Magi / Three Wise Men: Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar are buried.

Cologne Cathedral or Kölner Dom

Cologne Cathedral (Kolner Dom) is the most famous cathedral in Germany because of its Gothic architecture. This building stands tallest in the whole of Cologne at 157 meters. With a fantastic view over the Rhine river, this is a must-visit place when in West Germany. But there are a lot more to do here than just that.

Cologne Cathedral Germany

  • Cologne Cathedral or the Kölner Dom
  • Address: Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany
  • Website: http://www.koelner-dom.de/

Things To Do in Cologne Cathedral

This church is huge. In fact, it is bigger than a football field and has an overall area of approximately 8,000 square meters. Coming here is a top tourist attraction for lots of things to do such as the following:

Marvel at the Cologne Cathedral’s Gothic Architecture

Be awe-inspired at the 2000-year-old structure that is built since the year 1248 and finished in the year 1880. The 500 years of construction is splendid in its history and outcome.

With all the outstanding complex sculptures, intricately stained glasses, golden and elaborate details, it is no wonder why over six million spectators come here yearly.

Believe me, I myself was in wonder of all the craftsmanship and ingenuity I see inside and outside the Cologne Cathedral. I could not imagine the number of people involved in creating this magnificent building and how lofty this structure is.

Cologne Cathedral gothic architecture

The priest friend I was tagging along to told me one of the reasons why gothic churches are designed to be lofty pointing up – it is because gothic churches aim to lift people’s hearts up as soon as one enters the church. Indeed!

Visit the Shrine of the Three Kings

Secondly, visiting the Cologne Cathedral is fascinating for it houses the Shrine of the Three Kings or Three Wise Men (German Dreikönigsschrein). Viewing it is magical when you think of the relics that this shrine houses. Set inside an enclosure yet elevated with glass, this shrine is spectacularly adorned with elaborate golden sculptures of other prophets.

On July 20, 1864, the shrine was opened, and remains of the Three Kings and the coins of Philip I, Archbishop of Cologne were discovered. An eyewitness report reads:

“In a special compartment of the shrine now there showed – along with remains of ancient old rotten or moulded bandages, most likely byssus, besides pieces of aromatic resins and similar substances – numerous bones of three persons, which under the guidance of several present experts could be assembled into nearly complete bodies: the one in his early youth, the second in his early manhood, the third was rather aged. Two coins, bracteates made of silver and only one side striken, were adjoined; one, probably from the days of Philipps von Heinsberg, displayed a church (See Note), the other showed a cross, accompanied by the sword of jurisdiction, and the crosier (bishop’s crook) on either side.”

Walk up 533 Steps Up the Tower

For the healthy and adventurous pilgrims or visitors, climbing up the South Tower offers an adorable challenge and reward to view a panorama of the whole city of Cologne at 100m height.

Also, passing through one of the eight big bells of the church on the way up is a delight.

St Peters Bell at Cologne Cathedral Kolner Dom

Explore the Cathedral Treasury

Enjoy a tour in the cathedral’s Medieval Sacristan Crypt that is open daily to view works of art made of gold, silver and other metals that are from centuries to millennium years old. Other relics and religious items are found here as well that will fascinate visitors of all kind.

Getting Here

Getting here is very easy as this is just next to the Cologne Central Station. Just a minute walk out of the train as soon as you arrive Cologne Hauptbahnhof (HBF) and you’re here.

The nearest airport from here is the Cologne Bonn Airport at just 15 minutes away by train or public bus. However, if you decide to come here from Frankfurt Airport, it takes you at least an hour to arrive. Nevertheless, it is still worth the visit just like other places of interest in Germany.


Do take the time to read my other travel guides in Germany such as my remarkable Snow Experience in Ruhpolding and my fantastic tour of the Bavaria in Lake Konigssee and the Underground Salt Mine – Salzbergwerk. Moreso, know here why Millions of Visitors enjoy the Heidelberg Castle in Heidelberg Germany.

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Lyn Durante

photo credits to commons.wikimedia for some photos.


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Hi There! Thanks for reading and welcome to my blog. I am Lyn, a mom to two adorable daughters, currently residing in Adelaide, South Australia. I have lived two countries, visited 3 continents and can’t wait to travel more. Photography, arts, kids fun, family travels and all things inspirational delight me. I am not born affluent but I can attest that dreams do come true with perspiration and inspiration. Lucky enough to be given a second life, I don’t want to waste my time not being able to create beautiful moments. Because what we do with our time is what we do with our lives. I hope I can inspire you in your life’s journey.

5 thoughts on “Why Visiting the Cologne Cathedral in Germany Is Fascinating

  • 19/08/2017 at 17:56

    Germany is my daughter’s second country. She has German parents with whom she lived for a year. She speaks German. The only person in my family who has visited Germany.

    • 20/08/2017 at 00:52

      Hi, Ngobesing Romanus! Thanks for sharing. Well, it seems that the universe is creating with you a certain connection to Germany. I won’t be surprised if you visit this wonderful country sooner or later. Cheers to that!

  • 01/09/2017 at 14:04

    Wow, Darcee & I are flying into Cologne on the 19th and are thinking about staying there 5 days. The Cathedral is definitely being added to the list of things we want to do. To see the Shrine of the 3 kings, how amazing. Going to have to wear good shoes to climb all of those stairs for sure

    • 01/09/2017 at 19:04

      Hi Eric, you and Darcee will definitely enjoy it there. Grab the chance to swing by lots of other places in Germany too. Their rail transportation is really efficient and the country is really awesome. Visit Bavaria too – their alps, lake, underground saltmine. Anyways, sooo happy for you both. Enjoy!

    • 01/09/2017 at 19:12

      By the way, your blog is really terrific. You crack me up with your anti-bucketlist. =)


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