Information

Opening hours

The Cologne Cathedral is the cathedral (Episcopal Church) of the Archdiocese of Cologne and is under the patronage of St. Peter. The cathedral was declared in 1996 by UNESCO World Heritage Site.
You are cordially invited to attend any of our Masses, devotions, choir performances, and organ recitals. The cathedral is also open for silent prayer and personal devotion. Please feel free to explore the cathedral on your own and at your own pace. Alternatively, you can take one of our guided tours. 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. Please note our special arrangements for visiting groups and school classes.

Daily opening times
6.00 - 7.30 hours (November to April)
6.00 - 9.00 hours (May to October)
Please notice there are special opening hours on holydays

Opening times for tourists on Sundays and holidays
13.00 - 16.30 hours

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Special opening hours

You are cordially invited to attend any of our Masses, devotions, choir performances, and organ recitals. The cathedral is also open for silent prayer and personal devotion. For special Events and during holy services a visit is not possible. Please notice there are special opening hours on holydays

Visiting hours during holydays:

13.00 - 16.30 hours

2016
01.11.2016 (Allerheiligen)
25.12.2016 (1. Weihnachtsfeiertag)
26.12. 2016 (2. Weihnachtsfeiertag)

2017
01.1.2017 (Neujahr)
06.1.2017 (Dreikönige)
14.4.2017 (Karfreitag) 11:30 – 14:00 Uhr
17.4.2017 (Ostermontag)
25.5.2017 (Christi Himmelfahrt)
5.6.2017 (Pfingstmontag)
15.6.2017 (Fronleichnam)
01.11.2017 (Allerheiligen)
25.12.2017 (1. Weihnachtsfeiertag)
26.12. 2017 (2. Weihnachtsfeiertag)

2018
01.01.2018 (Neujahr)
06.01.2018 (HI. Dreikönige)

A visit is not possible:

2017
19. 01. 2017 till 10.30 h
21. 01. 2017 from 11 -14.00 h
28. 01. 2017 from 10.30- 12.30 h
23. 02. 2017
25. 02. 2017
26. 02. 2017
27. 02. 2017
05. 03. 2017
23. 06. 2017
24. 06. 2017
21. 09. 2017 Domwallfahrt
22. 09. 2017 Domwallfahrt
24. 09. 2017 Domwallfahrt
29. 11. 2017
11. 11. 2017
25. 11. 2017 bis 12.30 h


Information for groups and school classes

General Information about Guided Tours at Cologne Cathedral

All guided tours at Cologne Cathedral must be registered in advance and may be conducted only by authorized or registered Cathedral guides. Private individuals, groups or travel agencies must therefore book a guided group tour at Cologne Cathedral via either the Cologne Tourist Board or the DOMFORUM. As was previously the case, the Cathedral is open to individual visitors without restrictions whenever services are not being held.
The individual tours will be scheduled during the time periods reserved for tours. The number of tours is limited to ten tours per hour, and the size of the groups is limited to 25 people.
In addition, all group tours must be equipped with group guidance systems. These are radio-operated audio systems; each visitor is issued a small receiver and a headset to which the tour guide's remarks are transmitted through a microphone. The use of different frequencies makes it possible to conduct several group tours at the same time in the same area without interference. One objective of this sys-tem is to keep down the noise level within the Cathedral, thus helping to safeguard the interests of visi-tor groups and worshipers alike. In addition, this technology enables the participants to understand more clearly the explanations provided by their Cathedral guides.
A fee is charged for each group, and an additional rental fee is charged for each group guidance system issued to an individual visitor. Groups that may have already brought group guidance systems with them must pay a flat service fee. However, groups of children or young people receive the group guidance system free of charge. Children's groups are required to use a group guidance system only starting with the fifth school year.
Further details and price information are available from the following organizations:

DOMFORUM
Visitors' Centre for Cologne Cathedral
Domkloster 3
50667 Köln
Tel. +49 (0)221/ 92 58 47 30
Telephone hours: Mo – Thu: 10 a.m. to 12 noon / 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.,
Fri: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Fax +49 221/ 92 58 47 31
www.domforum.de

KölnTourismus GmbH
Service-Center at Cologne Cathedral
Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1
50667 Köln
Tel. +49 221 / 221 30400
Telephone hours: Workdays: 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fax +49 (0) 221 / 221 30410
www.cologne-tourism.com
info[at]koelntourismus[dot]de

If space permits, smaller groups (maximally ten people) can join the public tours conducted by the DOMFORUM:
in English:
Monday – Saturday
Sundays and holidays
10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
2:30 p.m.
Meeting point: Inside the main Cathedral entrance (at the information sign)

Information for school classes

All guided tours at Cologne Cathedral must be registered in advance and may be conducted only by author-ized or registered Cathedral guides. Private individuals, groups or travel agencies must therefore book a guided group tour at Cologne Cathedral via either the DOMFORUM or the Cologne Tourist Board. As was previously the case, the Cathedral is open to individual visitors without restrictions whenever services are not being held.
The number of tours is limited to ten tours per hour, and the size of school groups is limited to 30 people (including the accompanying adults). The individual tours will be scheduled during the time periods re-served for tours.
All group tours must be equipped with group guidance systems. These are radio-operated audio systems; each visitor is issued a small receiver and a headset to which the tour guide's remarks are transmitted through a microphone. The use of different frequencies makes it possible to conduct several group tours at the same time in the same area without interference. One objective of this system is to keep down the noise level within the Cathedral, thus helping to safeguard the interests of visitor groups and worshipers alike. In addition, this technology enables the participants to understand more clearly the explanations provided by their Cathedral guides.
Groups of children or young people receive the group guidance system free of charge. Children's groups are required to use a group guidance system only starting with the fifth school year.
Registration
1. Specialized teachers of religion, art or history may be issued a one-time guide's license to conduct an independent group tour. The prerequisite for this is a registration application in writing on the school's official stationery. A registration fee of €10 per school class will be charged.
2. School classes can also book a guided tour via the DOMFORUM or the Cologne Tourist Board. Details concerning prices are provided at:

DOMFORUM
Visitors' Centre for Cologne Cathedral
Domkloster 3
50667 Köln
Tel. +49 (0) 221 / 92 58 47 30
Telephone hours: Mon – Thu: 10 a.m. to 12 noon / 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.,
Fri: 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Fax +49 221/ 92 58 47 31
www.domforum.de

KölnTourismus GmbH
Service Centre at Cologne Cathedral
Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1
50667 Köln
Tel. +49 221 / 221 30400
Telephone hours: Workdays: 8 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Sat: 9 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Fax +49 221 / 221 30410
www.cologne-tourism.com
info[at]koelntourismus[dot]de

Additional note
In order to maintain peace and quiet in Cologne Cathedral, we request that teachers accompanying school groups refrain from organizing any group activities — for example, "rallies" — in the Cathedral.

Tower Climb

The Tower climb

Opening hours:
January - February  9.00 - 16.00 hours
March - April  9.00 - 17.00 hours
May - September  9.00 - 18.00 hours
October  9.00 - 17.00 hours
November - December / 9.00 - 16.00 hours

ON 24.6.2017 THE TOWER CLIMB CLOSES AT 16.30H. LAST ACCESS 16.00 H

Admission charge:
Adults  EUR 4,00
Family-Card  EUR 8,00
reduced (schoolchildren, students, handicapped persons with passes)  EUR 2,00
combined entrance treasure chamber / tower  EUR 8,00
reduced combined entrance treasure chamber / tower  EUR 4,00
Family-Card: combined entrance treasure chamber / tower  EUR 16,00

(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

The Treasure chamber

Opening hours:
Monday - Sunday
January - December  10.00 - 18.00 hours

ON 24.6.2017 THE TREASURE CHAMBER CLOSES AT 16.45H.

Admission charges
Adults EUR 5,00
reduced  EUR 2,50
family card (max. two adults with children)  EUR 10,00
combined entrance treasure chamber & tower  EUR 6,00
reduced / EUR 3,00
family card combined entrance treasure chamber & tower  EUR 15,00

Guided tours:
Tel.: +49 221 - 17940-555
Appointments: Monday - Thursday  10.00 - 13.00 hours

The Priest's office

The Priest's office

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday 9.00 - 12.00 hours
14.00 - 17.00 hours
except Wednesday afternoon

Address:
Dompfarramt
Domkloster 3
50667 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 - 17940-200
Fax: +49 221 - 17940-299
e-mail:pfarrbuero[at]dompfarramt-koeln[dot]de
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The Seat of the provost

The Seat of the provost

Opening hours:
Monday - Friday  9.00 - 13.00 hours

Address:
Dompropstei
Margarethenkloster 5
50667 Köln
Tel.: +49 221 - 17940-100
Fax: +49 221 - 17940-199
e-mail: dompropstei[at]metropolitankapitel-koeln[dot]de

 

 

 

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