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Your visit to Cologne Cathedral

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Your visit to Cologne Cathedral

Opening hours

COVID-19: updated information for visitors

This section contains the rules of admission for Cologne Cathedral, the tower, the Cathedral Treasury, and guided tours.
Please note that we reserve the right to change the rules of admission given below at any time depending on the daily incidence rate in the City of Cologne.

Opening hours: daily from 06:00 - 20:00
The Cologne Cathedral world heritage site is, as a rule, open to tourists on working days (Monday to Saturday) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and on Sundays between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and the tower narthex after the evening Mass until 8 p.m. Because Masses take priority, we reserve the right to change opening hours. Please consult our up-to-date Mass times page before your visit.

It is generally possible to pray or light a candle in the tower narthex during a liturgy.

The following conditions apply to visits to Cologne Cathedral:

From 3 April 2022, do I still have to wear a mask in Cologne Cathedral, the tower, and the Cathedral Treasury?
Because incidence rates are currently high, we recommend that until further notice, all visitors to the cathedral wear a mask (medical or FFP2) – regardless of whether they have come to the cathedral to pray or attend mass or are visiting the cathedral as tourists (either on their own or as part of a tour).
The same applies to the tower and the Cathedral Treasury.
During tours of the cathedral and special areas (excavations, roof, etc.), visitors must wear a mask because it is not possible to ensure adequate social distancing in some parts of these areas due to a lack of space.

What other Covid-19-related rules apply from 3 April 2022?
The 3G rule (which required visitors to be fully vaccinated, have recovered from COVID, or have tested negative within the previous 24 hours) no longer applies to Cologne Cathedral, the tower, and the Cathedral Treasury. This means that people can once again visit Cologne Cathedral, the tower, and the Cathedral Treasury without providing evidence that they have been vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19.
There will no longer be a 'one-way system', cathedral attendants will no longer be checking evidence of vaccination/test results at the entrance, and special areas such as the crypt are now open again.
We still recommend that everyone wears a mask (a medical or FFP2 mask – see above) at all times.

What rules apply for people attending mass in the cathedral?
It is recommended that everyone attending mass in the cathedral wears a mask (a medical or FFP2 mask – see above) at all times.
We recommend that people attending mass keep a distance of 1.5 metres from people from different households in the pews. There are, however, no longer place markings in the pews. Because limits on the number of people attending liturgies in the cathedral have been lifted, it is no longer possible or necessary to register for mass/get a ticket.

What rules apply for people attending concerts in Cologne Cathedral?
People attending concerts in Cologne Cathedral no longer have to provide evidence that they are vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19.
We recommend that everyone attending concerts in the cathedral wears a mask (a medical or FFP2 mask – see above) at all times in the cathedral and keeps a distance of 1.5 metres from people from different households in the pews.

Is there holy water in the fonts at Cologne Cathedral again?
The baptismal water (Easter Water) will be blessed during the Easter Vigil. Afterwards, the holy water fonts will be refilled.

 

Climbing the tower:

The South Tower of Cologne Cathedral and the belfry are open to visitors between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. You will find more information here.

 

Visiting the Cathedral Treasury:

The Cathedral Treasury is open to visitors between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. You will find more information here.

Service hours

Masses at Cologne Cathedral are held at the following times:

Working days (Monday to Saturday):
Mass: 6.30 a.m., 7.15 a.m., 8.00 a.m., 9.00 a.m., and 6.30 p.m.
Devotion: Monday to Friday, 6.00 p.m.

Sundays:
Mass: 7.00 a.m., 8.30 a.m., 10.00 a.m., 12 midday, 5 p.m., and 7 p.m.
Divine Office: 6.00 p.m.

Please consult also our up-to-date Mass times page. 
It is recommended that everyone attending mass in the cathedral wears a mask (a medical or FFP2 mask – see above) at all times.
We recommend that people attending mass keep a distance of 1.5 metres from people from different households in the pews. There are, however, no longer place markings in the pews. Because limits on the number of people attending liturgies in the cathedral have been lifted, it is no longer possible or necessary to register for mass/get a ticket.

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

First Sunday of the month: Chapter Mass in Latin

Many Catholics whose native language is not German visit Cologne Cathedral and celebrate Mass with us, especially on Sundays. In order to ensure that they can pray with us and not just silently in their own languages, the High Mass at 10 a.m. on the first Sunday in the month is, as a rule, celebrated partially in Latin. The parts in Latin are the well-known texts that are used in every Mass. This means that all Mass-goers – whatever their native language – can pray together.

You will find the Latin texts and a German translation in the Gotteslob prayer book, Numbers 582 to 591.

Guided tours

Please note the following:

  • No more than 20 people are allowed on each guided tour of Cologne Cathedral and the Cathedral Treasury.
  • No more than 12 people are allowed on each guided tour of the roof and excavation area. For these tours, visitors must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Guides and visitors must cover mouth and nose with a medical mask or a mask of a higher standard.
  • People on the tour must adhere to current rules on social distancing, which means standing 1.5 metres apart.

Tickets for public tours can be purchased up to seven days in advance in the foyer of the Domforum. 
For more information, visit: www.domforum.de/domfuehrungen

Tours of special areas (roof, excavation area, Cathedral Treasury, Cologne Cathedral at Night, etc.) are now open for bookings again (www.domfuehrungen-koeln.de). The 2G rule (visitors must provide evidence that they have been fully vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19) also applies to tours of special areas. Visitors must also wear a medical mask for the entire duration of the tour.

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:
www.domfuehrungen-koeln.de

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. 
DOMFORUM


Guided tours in English
Mon-Fr 3 pm
Sunday and Feastday 3 pm
For this tour a registration is not required. The tour lasts 45 minutes approx.

Adults: € 10,00
Children and Students: € 8,00
Tickets for public guided tours (max. 12) may be purchased in advance at the DOMFORUM at until 15 minutes prior to the preferred tour.
For participants of the open guided tour, the charge for the tour guide system (wireless communication system) is included in the price. 
Meeting point: DOMFORUM

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

 

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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