We warmly welcome you to Cologne Cathedral. You can find all important information for your visit here.
Opening hours
Touristic visits
Service hours
Special opening hours
Tower Climb
Treasure chamber
Opening hours
JANUARY - DEZEMBER
06:00 - 20:00 hours
Touristic visits
MONDAY - SATURDAY
10:00 - 20:00 hours
SUNDAYS AND HOLYDAYS
08:00 - 20:00 hours

During the liturgy, access to Cologne Cathedral is restricted to the narthex.
The updated mass times are listed in our mass time schedule.
All tourists must wear a face covering in the cathedral. The cathedral attendants will monitor the observance of social distancing rules and will make sure that no more than 300 people are in Cologne Cathedral at any one time. Tourists must keep to the designated, cordoned off route at all times when viewing the cathedral. The ambulatory remains closed for the time being.


Holy Services

Mass times in Cologne Cathedral – Update 12.05.2020

For several weeks now, masses in Cologne Cathedral have been closed to the public.
Starting in early May, masses in the cathedral will gradually be opened to the public again.
However, strict hygiene measures will be in place and must be observed by all.

Starting on 4 May 2020, mass will be celebrated in Cologne Cathedral at the following times:

Working days (Monday–Saturday): 6.30 a.m., 8 a.m., 10 a.m., and 6.30 p.m. (only open to the public from 11 May).
Sundays: 7 a.m., 8.30 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 midday, 5 p.m., and 7 p.m.

Starting on 10 May, 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 from Wednesday, 6 May 2020 at www.koelner-dom.de/zugangskarten.

Starting on 4 May, 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 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.

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 www.koelner-dom.de/zugangskarten 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. Please use the contact-free disinfectant dispensers outside the cathedral to sanitise your hands.
  • 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!

Thank you for your co-operation. God bless and stay healthy!

There are no guided tours, and the tower and the treasury are closed.

Services with Cardinal Woelki

01.11.2020
10:00
Pontifikalamt an Allerheiligen
02.11.2020
18:30
Requiem an Allerseelen (JGD f. Kardinal Meisner u. Vorgänger)
24.12.2020
00:00
Christmette
25.12.2020
10:00
Pontifikalamt am 1. Weihnachtstag
31.12.2020
18:30
Pontifikalamt zum Jahresabschluss

Limited access during the following days:

May 2020

June 2020

July 2020

August 2020

September 2020

October 2020

18.10.2020
14:45 - 15:30 visit not possible
25.10.2020
visit not possible

November 2020

01.11.2020
Allerheiligen
13:00 - 16.00 visit not possible
10.11.2020
from 16:30 visit not possible
11.11.2020
visit not possible

December 2020

06.12.2020
visit not possible
13.12.2020
from 16:30 visit not possible
25.12.2020
1. Weihnachtsfeiertag
13.00 - 16.00 visit not possible
26.12.2020
2. Weihnachtsfeiertag
13.00 - 16.00 visit not possible
28.12.2020
till 12:30 visit not possible
The Tower climb
March - April
09:00 - 17:00 hours
May - September
09:00 - 18:00 hours
October
9:00 - 17:00 hours
November - December
09:00 - 16:00 hours

The Tower and the Treasure chamber will be closed on the following days:
New Year, "Women's Carnival", Carnival Weekend, Carnival Monday, November 11th, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve.

Last admission is 30 minutes before closing.

Admissionn charge
Adults
€ 5,00 | € 2,00*
Family Card
€ 10,00
Combi-Card
€ 8,00 | € 4,00*
Family-Combi-Card
€ 16,00

Combi-Card: combined entrance treasure chamber / tower
* schoolchildren, students, handicapped persons with passes

You will find the entrance of the tower outside the cathedral, next to the main entrance, on the right handside)

Tip: Following a decision of the Metropolitan Chapter the bell cage stays shut on all Sundays and bank holidays until 12.30 hours. Visitors, who really want to hear the ringing of the bells can get in touch with the Dombauverwaltung, which offers special guided tours of the bells on working days. All visitors will be provided with professional ear protection, without which the visit would be damaging to their health.

Treasure chamber
Opening hours
10.00 - 18.00 hours

The Tower and the Treasure chamber will be closed on the following days:
New Year, "Women's Carnival", Carnival Weekend, Carnival Monday, November 11th, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Eve.

Admission charges
Adults
€ 6,00 | € 3,00*
Family Card
€ 12,00
Combi-Card
€ 8,00 | € 4,00*
Family-Combi-Card
€ 16,00

Combi-Card: combined entrance treasure chamber / tower
* schoolchildren, students, handicapped persons with passes

Guided tours

Tel.: +49 221 - 17940-555
Appointments:  Monday - Thursday 10.00 - 12.00 hours and 14.00 - 16.00 hours