Cologne Cathedral is an impressively tall church that took over 600 years to fully complete. It was the tallest building in the world until the Eiffel Tower was built in 1884.
Today, it is the tallest cathedral in Germany and is known for its twin towers with ornate architecture and windows that have beautifully stained glass.
This cathedral has a long history in the hundreds of years it took to be built, even being used by Napoleon as a prison and stable when he occupied the area for a short time.
The South Tower
The South Tower allows visitors to climb up to the top with 533 steps where they will have great views of the whole city. Cologne Cathedral is the second tallest building in the whole city and is often used as a landmark for orientation. At the top, visitors can admire St. Peter’s Bell, the largest church bell that exists and swings freely.
The Cathedral Treasury
The Cathedral Treasury, inside of the church’s crypt from medieval times, contains historical items from as early as the 4th century. There are a variety of notable pieces on display, including holy relics from the church, ancient artwork, sculptures, property of Archbishops throughout the ages, and even discoveries of graves.
Shrine of the Three Kings
One of the highlights of the Cologne Cathedral is the Shrine of the Three Kings. Located just beyond the main alter in the church, an ornate sarcophagus holds the remains of the three men who followed a star to where the birth of Jesus occurred. The church that stands today was originally built because the prior church was considered not good enough to be the home for these remains.
The airport is just a 14 minute ride from Cologne central station with S-Bahn line 1 (Cologne-Troisdorf), and just an 11 minute trip with the Regional Express train RE 8 (Rhein-Erft-Express).
Rail timetables are available at Deutschen Bahn (German Railway) Official Website.
Many ICE long-distance trains also stop at the airport train station.
Airport transfers can be booked with travel agencies or corporate service companies.
From Cologne, take the S-Bahn (suburban railway) No. 7 to Porz Markt, from there with Bus No. 161 to the Airport and back.
Bus stops are T1 / A Untergeschoss, T2 / D, Busbahnhof, Verwaltung and Luftfrachtzentrum.
From Bonn, take the SB 60, Cologne Bonn Airport – Main Station Bonn – Cologne Bonn Airport.
Don't forget to get KölnCard
Tourists can use the public transport for 24 hours and you also receive reductions of up to 50 % from more than 100 partners.
The closest Airport to the Cologne Cathedral is Cologne Bonn Airport (Köln Bonn Airport), located between Cologne and Bonn.
The airport is well connected to the road network although to the bus and railway network. The new Intercity-Express (ICE) railway station is right in the centre of the Airport. From there you can get straightforward to the city of Cologne.