Want to visit one of the most enormous & gorgeous cathedrals in the world? If you're looking for things to do, 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. There are plenty of day trips from Cologne too.


Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom History of Cologne Germany

History of Cologne Germany

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 history of Cologne Germany is that Cologne Cathedral is the largest Gothic church in northern Europe.



Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom History of Cologne Germany

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 history of Cologne Germany museum because there's an abundance of beautiful religious art inside. You can travel nearby since there are day trips from Cologne.

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.

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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 Koln
Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom Koln

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? Do you have any ideas for day trips from Cologne? Do you know the history of Cologne Germany? :]


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History of Cologne Germany Cologne Cathedral day trips

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