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Your visit to Cologne Cathedral

Your visit to Cologne Cathedral

Opening hours

Opening hours: daily from 06:00 - 20:00.
Touristic visits are usually possible between 10:00 and 20:00 (mondays to saturdays) and between 8:00 and 20:00 on sundays. Times may differ during liturgy.

You can only access the cathedral by appointment, which can be booked at the entrance. Appointments can't be booked in advance.

Please wear a FFP2 mask or similar during your visit and keep sufficient distance from other people. Cathedral attendants will make sure that the number of visitors does not exceed 200. Please stick to the predefined routes.

Service hours

Masses at Cologne Cathedral are held at the following times:

On workdays at 6:30, 7:15, 8:00, 9:00, 18:30 (devotions at 18:00 Monday to Friday)
On sundays at 7:00, 8:30, 10:00, 12:00, 17:00, 19:00; Divine Office at 18:00

You have the opportunity to go to confession on working days. You find the confessionals at the chapels in the ambulatory.

All masses can be visited without advance registration, although we recommend registering in advance for the masses on Sunday at 10:00 and 12:00 and the Divine Office on Sunday evening at 18:00. By registering you secure your spot and avoid waiting time: (in German). You may also register by phone (+49 221-17940-222) from Wednesday to Friday between 11:00 and 13:00. Tickets are not transferable.

Please wear a medical face mask during mass. Medical masks are so-called surgical masks, FFP2 or similar masks without breathing valve.
Please respect the following rules:

  • If you feel sick or unwell, please do not attend mass at Cologne Cathedral.
  • Please join the queue outside the West Portal and use the markings on the ground to keep a safe distance from others.
  • Once your ticket has been checked, the cathedral attendant will show you to a marked seat. You may not choose your seat. You may not change your seat either.
  • During the liturgy, please stay at a safe distance from all other mass-goers and do not make any physical contact with them (i.e. shaking hands for the sign of peace). Family members don't need to keep distance.
  • When going to Holy Communion, please use the designated paths and the markings on the ground and keep a safe distance from others. It is not possible to receive Holy Communion on the tongue during mass, but will be given after each mass at the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament.
  • Once mass has ended, please leave the cathedral swiftly via the transepts, keeping the required distance from others at all times!

Guided tours

All guided tours are currently cancelled till further notice.

General information on tours in Cologne Cathedral
All tours of Cologne Cathedral must be registered in advance. Only authorised or registered cathedral tour guides are permitted to conduct tours inside Cologne Cathedral. In other words, individuals, groups, and travel companies must book a group tour of Cologne Cathedral either with the Cologne Tourist Office: Köln Tourismus or the DOMFORUM.

Individual visitors may explore the cathedral by themselves outside Mass times. Tours shall be allocated to available tour slots. A maximum of 10 tours per hour and a maximum of 25 people per group are permitted in the cathedral.

For information about guided tours on the roof, in the excavations, in the treasure chamber as well as to the bells please contact:

The DOMFORUM organizes guided tours of the interior of the cathedral. Please observe the regulations concerning guided tours of groups in Cologne cathedral. Unless otherwise indicated, tours will be conducted in German. 

Guided tours in English
Saturday, Sunday and Feastday: 14:30
Meeting Point: DOMFORUM, Roncalliplatz

Adults: € 8,00
Children and Students: € 8,00
In case of special events short term changes are possible.

For further information or booking please contact: 
Monday - Thursday 10:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 15:00
Friday 10:00 - 12:00
Tel: +49 (0) 221 92 58 47 30

© Hohe Domkirche Köln, Dombauhütte; Foto: M. Unkelbach

Important notices

Dear visitors to Cologne Cathedral,
We are happy to welcome you to the Cathedral St. Peter at Cologne. This cathedral was built to the glory of God and is to this day, above all, a house of prayer and worship. The cathedral protects the precious relics of the Three Kings. By entering the cathedral, you acknowledge the following rules.

Domordnung Italiano • Chinese • Arabic

§8 The cathedral rules are effective as of October 1, 2019.

Provost emeritus Gerd Bachner


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