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

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

Anyone who would like to attend one of the Sunday masses or the evening mass on saturdays (6.30 p.m.), must reserve a ticket for that mass. The tickets are free of charge and are not transferable. Reservations can be made online at

Morning masses on working days (Monday to Saturday) will be open to the public. No tickets or reservations are required for these masses. Here too, however, a maximum amount of people will be allowed to attend mass. Once this number has been reached, no one else will be allowed into the cathedral. The data of all those attending mass will be recorded to ensure that any chain of infection can be traced if required.

In order to ensure that we can celebrate the liturgy together in a responsible manner during the coronavirus pandemic, we ask you to observe the following rules:

  • If you feel sick or unwell, please do not attend mass in Cologne Cathedral.
  • If you would like to attend one of the Sunday masses, which will be open to the public from 10 May, or the evening mass on working days (6.30 p.m. Monday to Saturday), which will be open to the public from 11 May, please reserve your seat in advance. Reservations can be made at from 6 May. Once you have registered, you will receive a ticket. You must bring this ticket with you to the mass. Every Wednesday at 9 a.m., the masses for the coming week will be opened for online reservations. You can order a maximum of two free tickets per reservation.
  • For those who do not have access to the Internet, you can reserve tickets by calling 0221 17940 222 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Please note that tickets are not transferable and that you will not be allowed into the cathedral without a valid ticket.
  • Starting on 4 May, you can attend morning working day masses (Monday to Saturday) without registering in advance. Here too, however, a maximum of 122 people will be allowed to attend mass. Once this number has been reached, no one else will be allowed into the cathedral. The data of all those attending mass will be recorded to ensure that any chain of infection can be traced if required.
  • We urgently recommend that you wear a face mask on your way to the cathedral, while waiting in the queue outside the cathedral, and inside the cathedral itself.
  • Please join the queue outside the West Portal and use the markings on the ground to keep a safe distance from others. Doors will open about an hour before mass begins. 
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • Once mass has ended, please leave the cathedral swiftly using the South Portal (exit Roncalliplatz), keeping the required distance from others at all times! Once you leave the cathedral and are on Roncalliplatz, please observe the ban on gatherings in public places!

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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