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.


Cologne Cathedral

Getting there


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.

 Timetable information of Cologne Public Transport (KVB)
 Download timetables of Cologne Public Transport (KVB)
 Timetable information of Transport Association Rhein-Sieg (VRS)

From Bonn, take the SB 60, Cologne Bonn Airport – Main Station Bonn – Cologne Bonn Airport.

 Timetable information Bonn

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.

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Cologne Cathedral
Original Name
Kölner Dom
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Year of Registered
Cathedral, Registered in 1996