Opening times

Mon-Sat 9.30am-5pm/Sun 1-5pm

Special Opening times

Thurs 16.2. / Sun 19.2. / Mon 20.2. closed


Domkloster 3, 50667 Köln
Tel.: 0221 92584720
Guided tours of the cathedral
and Cologne churches
Tel.: 0221 92584730
Fax: 0221 92584731
Telephone times:
Mo-Thu 10 am – 12 noon / 1 pm - 3 pm
Fri 10 am - 12 noon


Events and programme as PDF for downloading:

Kirchenführungen Jan.-März 2023

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d. kath. Kirchengemeinden Köln

Public guided tours

Cathedral Interior

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.


This tour lasts aprox. 60 minutes.


Adults: € 10,00  Children and Students: € 8,00


Tickets for public guided tours may be purchased in advance online or directly at the DOMFORUM, starting 14 days before the tour.


For participants of the open guided tour, the charge for the tour guide system (wireless communication system) is included in the price. 

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. - Meeting point: DOMFORUM, Domkloster 3, 50677 Köln. Please arrive 10 before the tour at the DOFMORUM, where you will be handed your headphones and later meet your guide.


ATTENTION: For our tours we recommend wearing a medical mask!


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