The Gothic-style Cologne Cathedral dominates the skyline, and is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the city. Officially known as the High Cathedral of St. Peter, it’s the second tallest building in Cologne and is visited by 1000s of people each day. This wonderful structure was hit 14 times by large aerial bombs during the Second World War, meaning it had to go under significant reconstruction. This new restoration period saw the use of modern techniques, which you may be able to spot when gazing upon its walls.
Explore an incredible UNESCO siteThe cathedral is located in Cologne Old Town, in the heart of the city. It dates as far back as the 13th century, although it was not completed until the 19th century. The building is Cologne’s most famous landmark, and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Take a guided tour of its walls and climb the 533 steps to the top of the South Tower for spectacular views of the city and beyond to the Rhine. You could also venture down into the crypt to discover the Treasure Chamber, where chalices, crosses and religious works of art are on display. The cathedral contains the Shrine of the Three Holy Kings too – a medieval golden reliquary, said to contain the relics of the Magi; Caspar, Balthazar and Melchior.
The cathedral at ChristmasIf you’re visiting over the holidays, be sure to check out the wonderful sight of the cathedral rising up above the Christmas markets at night. Lights from the stalls brighten up the sky, providing a breathtaking background for your photos.
You can take a leisurely 30-minute walk through the city to the cathedral from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cologne. Or, speak to our hotel staff about taxi and public transport options.