Our guided tours aim at opening up the history of the architecture, art and faith of our cathedral for you. Building work began in 1248, but it was not until 1880 that the completion could be celebrated. The reason for building a massive new cathedral was the transference of the Magi’s relics from Milan to Cologne in 1164, thus establishing Cologne as one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Europe. At first a golden shrine, still present in the cathedral, was created as precious frame for the relics.
The major part of the preserved objects dates from the years before and after the dedication of the choir in 1322 – amongst them numerous mediaeval altars, windows and sculptures. After building work had come to a standstill in the early 16th century, the unfinished nave and the steeples were eventually completed between 1842 and 1880.
In 1996, Cologne cathedral was recognized as world heritage monument.
Monday – Saturday 10.30 am and 2.30 pm
Sunday and Feastday 2.30 pm
For this tour a registration is not required/This tour does not require registration. The tour lasts 45 minutes approx.
Adults: € 8,00 Children and Students: € 6,00
For participants of the open guided tour, the charge for the tour guide system (wireless communication system) and the multivision are included in the price.
Tickets for open guided tours (max. 40) may be purchased all day in the DOMFORUM until 15 minutes prior to the preferred tour.
At the meeting point remainder tickets will be available as of 15 minutes prior to the preferred tour until the beginning of the tour.
Main portal, inside
Please note: Services and religious ceremonies always take precedence. Therefore guided tours are sometimes liable to be cancelled at short notice. Maintenance concerning the cathedral or the organ may cause acoustic disturbance with no advance notice. We apologize for any inconvenience.