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.
We welcome you to join our masses, devotions and stay for personal prayer.
The cathedral is also open for silent prayer and personal devotion. During daytime Masses and special evening events, the cathedral is closed to tourists! Please note: during important events, it may be necessary to close off certain parts of the cathedral at short notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this might cause.
You have the opportunity to go to confession (in German language) 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 www.koelner-dom.de/zugangskarten.
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:
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
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
(1) All visitors respect the dignity of this holy place and refrain from loud talking or running.
(2) Sightseeing is generally permitted whenever no service is being celebrated at the main altar in the center of the cathedral
(3) Music and singing outside of services is not permitted.
(4) Parents or adults accompanying children or youth observe their supervisory responsibilities.
(5) Visitors respect closures and areas which are off limits to sightseeing.
(6) Cell phones etc. are to be placed in “silent” mode. Talking on the phone is only permitted outside the cathedral.
(7) Clothing should be appropriate for the house of God. Sleeveless or cropped tops are considered inappropriate as are short shorts or skirts. Men may cover their heads for health or religious reasons. Religiously offensive or racist symbols will not be tolerated.
(8) Food and drink are to be consumed outside the cathedral.
(9) Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not permitted in the entire cathedral building.
(10) Persons who are visibly drunk may not enter the cathedral.
(11) Drugs of any kind (as defined by the Controlled Substances Act (BtMG)) are forbidden.
(12) Scavenger hunts etc. cannot take place inside the cathedral.
(1) Taking pictures without a flash and recording videos with reasonable technical components is permitted outside of services for private use. During services, it is possible only from one’s place. Respectful cooperation is to be observed in that recordings do not directly contain other visitors. Those taking pictures or making videos must, in any case, respect the dignity of the location and follow the instructions of cathedral personnel.
(2) Private “photo shoots” are forbidden.
(3) Recordings with tripods require the permission of the cathedral provost.
(4) The use of model airplanes and unmanned aircraft (drones) is not permitted in the cathedral or over the property outside.
(5) The publication of pictures or videos for non-private use — i.e. editorial reports, commercial and ideological promotion (including private websites and social media) — must have prior permission.
(6) These rules are excerpts from the regulations for taking pictures and recording videos in the cathedral. Please see the complete and concrete regulations at www.koelner-dom.de/fotografierenundfilmen.
(1) Luggage should be kept with you at all times. The owner is responsible for costs incurred by storage of luggage. Only luggage the size of a standard carry-on bag (max 55 x 40 x 20 cm) may be brought into the cathedral.
(2) Wheelchairs, rollators and licensed electric wheelchairs are allowed in the cathedral; other wheeled vehicles and bicycles must remain outside.
(3) Weapons (including potential weapons and CS-gas) are prohibited throughout the cathedral.
(4) Folding chairs, stools and the like may not be brought.
(5) Balloons, confetti and streamers are forbidden throughout the cathedral.
Distribution of printed matter requires the express consent of the cathedral provost.
Animals, with the exception of guide-dogs, must remain outside.
(1) Cathedral tours are only possible with a guide licensed for such tours at the cathedral.
(2) Tour participants are to be informed of the cathedral rules.
(1) The instructions of the security personnel and cathedral guards are to be followed at all times.
(2) Persons not following the cathedral rules or the instructions of the staff may be asked to leave.
(3) Cathedral guards do not serve as cathedral guides.
Provost emeritus Gerd Bachner
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