Cathedral St. Peter and Mary

The Cathedral is the heart of the City of Cologne. It forms the centre and provides the measure for everything else. 144 metres long, 86 metres wide and with 157-metre-tall spires. It stands on a flat-topped hill that has been a place of worship since the beginning of the city's history.

Cologne's Cathedral St. Peter and Mary
Address: GoogleMapsDomkloster 3
50667 Cologne
Phone: 0221/17940-200
Fax: 0221/17940-299
Opening hours: Cologne Cathedral is open daily from 6 a.m. to 7.30 p.m. It is not possible to view the Catedral during services. Only group guided tours which are arranged by Domforum and KölnTourismus Board are allowed in Cologne Cathedral.
Holy mass: Sun. and public holidays: 7 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m. (Chapter mass), 12 p.m., 5 p.m, 6.30 p.m.; Vespers and short service: 6 p.m.
Mon.-Sat.: 6.30 a.m., 7.15 a.m., 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 6.30 p.m.; Midday prayers: 12 p.m.; Short service: 6 p.m.
Confession: Mon.-Sat. 7.45 a.m. - 9 a.m.; Sat. 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

The interior sights include the golden shrine of the three Magi (around 1200), the Gero crucifix, the first monumental crucifix in Northern Europe (before 1000) and the altar painting of the city‘s patron saints by Stephan Lochner (around 1450). Besides the medieval stained glass windows since August 2007 a new Cathedral window by Gerhard Richter can be visited. Additionally there are the carved choir stalls and choir screen paintings from the 14th century and since 1998 the »Swallow‘s nest« organ in the central nave which weighs around 30 tons.

Cathedral guided tours (groups):

KölnTourismus GmbH


GoogleMapsKardinal-Höffner-Platz 1
50667 Köln
Phone 0221/221-23332
Fax 0221/221-24848

Focal points: guided tours in German and foreign languages. Travel groups, school classes.

Domforum – Cathedrals Visitors’ Centre


GoogleMapsDomkloster 3
50667 Köln
Phone 0221/92584720
Fax 0221/92584731

Focal points: guided tours in German, church, children‘s and youth groups and school classes. Guided tours for individuals and daily multivision shows about the Cathedral are available in the Domforum (opposite the main portal).
Mon.-Sat. 10:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m.; Sun. 2:30 p.m.; meeting point: main portal, inside
Includes free admission to the multivision show. In case of special events short term changes are possible.

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