Kölner Dom, or better known as the Cologne Cathedral can be seen from every corner of Cologne. The only cathedral still stands proudly when Cologne was destroyed by bombing in World War II. Not only become a magnet for tourists, UNESCO finally confirmed the Cologne Cathedral as one of the world heritage sites.
This gothic masterpiece stands right in the heart of Cologne and including the second highest building in Cologne after the telecommunications tower and is the third tallest cathedral in the world. It took six centuries to complete this gigantic building, was built in 1248 and was completed in 1880. Construction of the Catholic cathedral was originally intended as the resting place of the relics Dreikönigsschrein or the Shrine of the Three Holy King. The gold clad sarcophagus containing the bones of the Magi (Three Holy King), which is in the tradition of Christians known as the three strangers who visited Jesus after his birth. They presented gold, frankincense, and the fig tree for Jesus. Then the three men known as Magi.
Cologne Cathedral not only keep the charm of the historical value, but the building is capable of charming the eyes of millions of tourists. Like the characteristic of gothic building, the cathedral is also a high conical shape with a pointed crest. The high tower reaches 157 meters, from the tower platform, visitors can enjoy views of the city of Cologne along the Rhine. But to enjoy the beautiful scenery, visitors must climb stairs as much as 509. Inside the cathedral there is Treasury Chamber which includes a Dreikönigsschrein, Gero Cross, the oldest cross made of oak in the year 976, and Milan Madonna. Milan Madonna in the form of wood carving from the 13th century.
There is no charge to enter the hall of the giant cathedral, but if you want to enter the Treasury Chamber, you could be charged a fee of € 5 and up to the top of the tower will have to pay € 2.50. Business provides a tour guide to get around the church for € 3. The tour lasts for 45 minutes and use English. The Church is open from 06:00 am – 19:30 pm every day, except when conducting the service, the church is closed for tours. Treasury Chamber is open every day from 10.00 am – 18.00 pm and the tower is open from 09.00 am – 18.00 pm. To reach the Kölner Dom you can take a train or metro and get off at the Dom / Hauptbahnhof. Cologne Cathedral is located right next to the station center of Cologne.