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The Facade of Cologne Cathedral

I am going to show you the 360 views of the facade of Cologne Cathedral in Germany – before I’ll take you inside. This imposing Gothic Cathedral is Cologne’s most famous landmark and the pride of its people – regardless of their religious affiliation. And true enough, from a glance outside, the cathedral is nothing short of stupendous and magnificent!

The Facade of Cologne Cathedral (Germany) Koln Travel Blog
The Facade of Cologne Cathedral (Germany).

If you look at its sky-scraping spires, you feel nothing but like a tiny human in front of a towering giant.

The Facade of Cologne Cathedral (Germany). Koln Travel Blog
The Facade of Cologne Cathedral (Germany).

Cologne Cathedral (aka Cathedral Church of St. Peter) stands right on Rhine River.

The Facade of Cologne Cathedral (Germany).
The Facade of Cologne Cathedral (Germany).

You can’t miss its colossal structure which can be seen anywhere on almost everyone’s rooftop.

View from the Koln Sky Tower Germany Travel Blog
The Facade of Koln Cathedral (Germany).

Its two enormous towers have dominated Koln’s skyline since 1880.

The Facade of Koln Cathedral (Germany).
The Facade of Koln Cathedral (Germany).

The northern tower rises at 157.38 meters while the southern tower stands 7cm shorter.

The Facade of Koln Cathedral (Germany). Cologne Travel Blog
The Facade of Koln Cathedral (Germany).

The foundation of this cathedral was laid on August 15, 1248 – the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.

The Facade of Koln Cathedral (Germany). Cologne Travel Blog
The Facade of Koln Cathedral (Germany).

Cologne Cathedral is the second tallest building in the city, second only to Colonius Cologne Telecommunications Tower.

Cologne Travel Blog Koln Cathedral (Germany).
The Facade of Koln Cathedral (Germany).

With 8,000 sqm. of floor space, Koln Cathedral can host more than 20,000 people.

The religious statues at the entrance door (Germany). Travel Blog
The doors of Koln Cathedral

The church is famed for the shrine of the three wise men whose bodies are believed to be buried here.

At the back of the Cathedral (Cologne, Germany). Travel Blog
At the back of the Cathedral (Cologne, Germany).

That’s why, pilgrims from around the world visit this cathedral, hoping to have a glimpse of the remains of the Three Wise Men: Melchor, Balthazar, and Gaspar.

The Facade of Koln Cathedral (Germany). Cologne Travel Blog
The Facade of Cologne Cathedral (Germany).

Koln Cathedral is also Germany’s most-visited tourist destination with 20,000 people visitors everyday.

The religious statues at the entrance door Germany Travel Blog
The statues at the door of the Cathedral in Cologne, Germany.

In 1996, UNESCO declared Cologne Cathedral as a World Heritage Site.

Köln Catedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.
Köln Cathedral is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1996.

Before you enter, appreciate the detailed religious statues at the main doors.

The Gothic facade of Kölner Dom is massive (Germany).
The statues at the door of the Cathedral in Cologne, Germany.

When you are inside, don’t forget to admire the marvelous art of stained glass windows.

The Gothic facade of Kölner Dom is massive (Germany).
The Gothic facade of Kölner Dom is massive (Germany).

And if you are healthy enough, challenge yourself to climb the stairs all the way to the top!

The Gothic facade of Kölner Dom is massive (Germany).
The Gothic facade of Kölner Dom is massive (Germany).

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Where to Stay in Cologne

I stayed at Hostel die Wohngemeinschaft. You can book it via: Booking.com, TripAdvisor, Expedia, and HostelWorld.

Though it is around 30-40 minutes walk to the Cathedral, I love it here because the beds are comfortable. Each bunk had its own curtains so you can have your own privacy. It’s clean and the staff members are friendly. I was even allowed to check-in early because the bed/room was already available. Or maybe, they just saw my tired eyes and I really needed a rest. 😀 Since the hostel is around the university area, cheap bars are basically right in every corner. There are a host of restaurants and grocery stores, too. For medium-priced accommodations, click here.

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