Hardly any visitor to Cologne does not pay a visit to the Cologne Cathedral. And if you’re already standing in front of it, then of course you should also go inside. Sporty visitors also pay a visit to the tower. But be careful, the 533 steps up to the south tower cannot be shortened with an elevator. You can expect a vigorous workout for your thighs and stamina. And a head for heights is also recommended for the last stretch….
10 things you should know about Cologne Cathedral:
- Cologne Cathedral is the cathedral of the Archbishopric of Cologne, which means it is a Roman Catholic church.
- The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral was laid on August 15, 1248. It was not until 1880 that the last components, namely the towers, were completed. So it can be said that the construction time was more than 600 years.
- In 1996, the Cologne Cathedral was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Cologne Cathedral is also a biological wonder. Dozens of animal and plant species live here: gulls, kestrels, bats and crows, as well as mice and, from time to time, barn owls. Lichens and mosses and lilacs, shrubs and even small trees have taken up residence. 1000 tons of biomass can be found (estimated) in the Cologne Cathedral.
- There are 800 seats in the pews and about 1500 seats with extra seating and about 2,800 standing places.
- The south tower is 157.22 meters high, the north tower a few centimeters smaller. The length of the Cologne Cathedral is 144.58 m, the total width 86.25 m.
- Visitors can enter the cathedral on weekdays between 10:00 and 17:00 and on Sundays between 13:00 and 16:oo and visit the treasury or climb the south tower. Guided tours are also offered.
- A total of 11 bells hang in Cologne Cathedral, the largest, the ‘Dicke Pitter’ has a weight of 24,000 kg.
- Every year, about 6 million people visit the Cologne landmark.
- The distance from PhiLeRo Hotel Cologne to the Cologne Cathedral is about 6 km.
Very exciting are also the sagas & legends that entwine around the Cologne Cathedral.
To the sagas and legends