Welcome to the Cologne Cathedral in Germany

Want to visit one of the most enormous & gorgeous cathedrals in the world? Take a trip to see the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany. The Roman Catholic cathedral is also referred to as the Kölner Dom in German. You will adore its splendor & beauty. Keep reading to learn a little bit more about this stunning cathedral.

Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom


History:
The construction of the cathedral began in 1248. Goodness gracious; that's a really long time ago! The cathedral itself is 474 feet tall (144.5 meters) & 283 feet wide (86.25 meters); the towers are 515 feet tall (157 meters). It's enormous. It's difficult to get it all in one photo. In fact the Cologne Cathedral is the largest Gothic church in northern Europe.

Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom

Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom

The Cologne Cathedral is genuinely gargantuan. You have to back up pretty far in order to get the whole thing within frame for your photo. Spot it from outside & gasp with surprise. Head inside & see what riches lie within. I like to think of it as a museum because there's an abundance of beautiful religious art inside.

Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom
Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom

Let's start with the exterior. It's the first thing you see. Take a look at the main entrance with its 19th century decoration. There is plenty to look at, that's for sure. You could stand around browsing each statue, each figure, but a photo lasts longer & is less time-consuming. So that's what I did.

Cologne Cathedral, Kölner DomCologne Cathedral, Kölner DomCologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom
Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom
Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom


There are furnishings, windows, tombs, monuments, floor mosaics, & cathedral bells. When I went back to the Kölner Dom website, I was surprised by just how many significant works were held within its confines. A lot. If you can't make it to Cologne, Germany, you can do a virtual tour on their site. It tells you about every piece & where it's located within the cathedral.

Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom
Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom

The entire cathedral is massive. Don't feel bad because you're not the only tourist there. It's one of the biggest tourist hubs in Cologne. Many people were there taking photos, praying, & enjoying the glory of Cologne Cathedral. On another note: I couldn't help but be captivated by the creepy looking door handle. It's truly creepy no? It's sad. It kind of reminds me of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Have you ever visited Germany? How about the cologne cathedral? What's your favorite cathedral, church, religious structure that you've ever visited? :]

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53 comments

  1. Lovely piece on Cologne Cathedral! I went to school close to it and we used to sing in the cathedral choir once in a while...memories :) It is pretty grand. You get used to it when you live there though. Love the intricate door handle, never noticed it before!
    x Chris

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    1. I'm so interesting Chris. I bet the cathedral choir sounded beautiful. :]

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  2. amazing photos

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  3. We don't have any cathedrals here where I live, but I'd love to visit the Cologne Cathedral. It's so haunting and gothic. It's freaking humongous, and I'm a little terrified just looking at the photos! Hahaha <3

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    1. Haunting. That's the perfect word Bash! :]

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  4. Wow stunning place dear! I have studied its architectural style when I was in high school and I find it so magnificent! ^-^
    xoxo
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    1. That's so interesting Roberta. It's architecture is so unique. :]

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  5. this cathedral is so so gorgeous! love these shots
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  6. I have been there! Back in 2010! Gorgeous place! I loved Germany!
    Dora
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    1. This is the only place I visited in Germany still have to go back again. :]

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  7. These photos are beautiful! I like the architecture♥♥

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  8. It's absolutely gorgeous! My brother's been there and I am insanely jealous of him! I love the handle, honestly; it's creepy, it's sad, it's gothic.

    Have a great week, Carmen!

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    1. The handle is one of many creepily beautiful details at the cathedral. :]

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  9. Wow this is absolutely stunning! Loving all of the detail! So beautiful! Thanks for sharing this!

    Danielle
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  10. Thanks for the history. I will be visiting there in November so at least now I know some about it :) It looks stunning! x

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    1. That's awesome! You should definitely visit. :]

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  11. Wow, so gorgeous! I always loved the architecture of cathedrals. Thanks so much for sharing :)

    Have a wonderful day, beauty!

    XO,

    Jalisa
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    1. There's something so magnificent about them, isn't there? :]

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  12. Stunning photos. The Cathedral is gorgeous! !

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  13. I've visited in many years ago and was really impressed by the gothic architecture of it. Fascinating building which is always restored! ;))

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    1. That's true. They were restoring it while I was there too. :]

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  14. This cathedral is amazing. Thanks for sharing your amazing photos with us. I love seeing all these amazing places you get to travel to.

    Kathy
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  15. gorgeous photos. I've never been to Germany but saw gorgeous basilicas in Italy.. stunning cathedral churches everywhere in Italia!
    xo Jamie
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    1. Italy has some magnificent architecture, cathedrals, & basilicas. :]

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  16. wow!! breath taking structure! :D

    Have a great week!
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  17. Gorgeous!! I need to plan a trip to Germany. For this and chocolate and beer :)

    Jamie
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    1. If you want chocolate & beer and & maybe even a waffle head to Belgium. :]

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  18. Amazing! Looks beautiful. Nice post

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  19. Oh wow, you are so lucky to see that cathedral! It's AMAZING!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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  20. Oh that's my home, I'm from Düsseldorf which is not far from Cologne. I have seen the cathedral a million times but still take a photo every time I go to Cologne cus I find it so cool! :)
    Glad you like it, it's definitely a huge piece of history there in the middle of the city. :)

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    1. That's so fantastic. It's interesting to think something that's local & you've seen it so many times is something another person has never seen in their life. :]

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  21. I seriously have to visit the Kölner Dom - so beautiful and picturesque! I have been to Germany, but I only visited Berlin and it was just for a couple of days. I'm learning German, so I definitely have to go back to Germany one day.

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    1. I'd love to head back to Germany to & really get to explore it more too. :]

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  22. Thanks for sharing such beautiful shots of the cathedral. My father lives in Germany, so I'm definitely going to put this on my list of places to see when I'm there next.

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    Vanessa

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    1. Definitely put it on your list of sites to see Vanessa. It's magnificent. :]

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  23. I've visited Germany before, but I haven't been to the cathedral. Looks very grand. There's something similar in Austria. Awesome shots, Carmen.

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    1. Many thanks. I visited Vienna a few years ago but I'd love to go back. :]

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  24. Such a gorgeous place! I've been to Germany long time ago (Kile) but would love to travel the world and see such splendid architectures! Have a great week! Hugs! www.monalisas.no

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  25. I struggled to get full photos of Cologne cathedral too. It's so beautiful though, you picked up on some lovely details I missed inside, great photos!I travelled from the north to south of France and little villages in between, saw the most amazing cathedrals and churches.

    x Síle
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  26. great photos! i've only been to the black forest in germany, not any of the cities. i would love to visit cologne some day!

    Sher
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  27. Oh gosh, this takes me back, haha. I used to live nearby, and my friends and I would take the train in to go shopping nearby/hit up venues to see shows. I still remember pulling up on the S6/S11 and the cathedral would be the first thing we'd see.

    Stephanie @ Sartorial Diner

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  28. Loved this post, you always brighten up my evenings! Xx



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  29. What an amazing place to visit! That door handle is so strange. The smaller part even looks as though it's crying. I love that you took a close up of that.
    ~Lili
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  30. Wow, must've been a great experience. Would definitely love to go there someday!

    Thanks for sharing

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  31. the cathedral is so beautiful..i would love to visit this place someday..you must have had an overwhelming experience Carmen!

    xoxo Eva | www.becausepassion.com

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  32. This architecture is incredible! Especially love the gilded doors. What a treat to get to see that in person!

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  33. I have been to Cologne 11 times & have always visited the Cathedral. It is really a sight to behold! They are permanently working on cleaning the outside of it & never seem to get too far! ;-) xx

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  34. I love that cathedral! Even when I only pass through Cologne, I get excited!

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  35. Can't get enough of these pictures. Have a fabulous week darling.
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