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Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

There have been churches on the site of Cologne Cathedral since the 4th century. However, it was not until 1248 that this city on the Rhine became home to one of the foremost cathedrals in the Christian world – a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. When it was completed in 1880, it was the tallest building in the world.

This new style, which was referred to only much later as 'Gothic', originated from France where people were marvelling at magnificent churches such as Notre Dame. The people of Cologne wanted to have their own version; but, of course, it had to be even grander, taller and more beautiful.

Attracting more than six million visitors every year, Cologne Cathedral is one of Germany's most popular tourist attractions. The two mighty towers are the tallest dual spires in the world and offer fantastic views of Cologne and the surrounding region. The cathedral is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Mary rather than the Three Kings, whose relics were transferred to Cologne from Milan in the 12th century and have since been kept in a golden shrine that made the cathedral an important pilgrimage site. The cathedral treasury also contains priceless artefacts including St. Peter's reliquary and chain, and the Gero Cross, the oldest intact life-size crucifix in the western world. Other attractions include the stained glass windows, carved choir stalls and 14th century paintings. A number of cultural events are held in and around the cathedral, including the organ recitals that take place every Tuesday in summer, and the choir performances held once a month from September to June in front of the shrine housing the relics of the Three Kings. A rather more secular feature of Cologne is its famous carnival – a time of year when the people of the city really let their hair down!

Opening times, tours and tips

Opening times

November to April: 6am to 7.30pm daily; May to October: 6am to 9pm daily

Sundays and holidays: 1pm to 4.30pm

Closed to visitors during church services and during special events in the evening.

Tip for your visit

The cathedral and treasury can be explored individually or as part of a guided tour; tower ascents are also possible. Guided tours several times a day in German and English.

Further information:

www.koelner-dom.de

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Događaji

Upheaval and avant garde, form and functionality, rigour and beauty: modernism is a broad term that has shaped an entire century and remains influential today. Hardly any other museum has concentrated as exclusively on this era as Cologne's Ludwig Museum, whose collection starts in the early 20th century and traces developments right to the present day in remarkable breadth and depth.

The history of this fascinating museum, which together with the Philharmonic Hall has occupied an architecturally striking building right next to Cologne Cathedral since 1986, began with Peter and Irene Ludwig's endowment of around 350 works of modern art. Within a few decades, it had grown into the biggest collection of Pop Art outside the USA including Roy Lichtenstein's Maybe and Andy Warhol's Brillo Boxes. In addition to the Pop Art, today it owns the third-largest Picasso collection worldwide and an extensive collection of Russian avant garde from before and after the revolution, as well as important works of German Expressionism and Surrealism. Artistic movements such as Bauhaus and De Stijl, Nouveau Réalisme and Fluxus bring us to the contemporary art which the museum resolutely acquired, the most recent piece never being more than a few months old. German art of the 1970s and 1980s and installations by the younger avant garde therefore also found their way into the Ludwig Museum, completing the survey of the intriguing era of modernism through contemporary works.

Sljedeći termini:

21.09.2019 - 19.01.2020

12.10.2019 - 02.02.2020

16.11.2019 - 01.03.2020

Mjesto održavanja manifestacije

Museum Ludwig
Bischofsgartenstraße
50667 Cologne

Ne odgovaramo za cijene, termine i radno vrijeme.
Set against the backdrop of the cathedral (Dom), Cologne’s landmark, the Christmas market “am Dom” presents craftsmen in 160 pavilions. The cathedral is not only here as a real building, but also as in ‘Dom-Speculatius’. The Neumarkt (new market) leads us into the realm of angels. 
In the warm light of the starry Christmas sky, we can wonder at the elaborately designed houses with artistically decorated gables, and an angel darts by from time to time. There’s a fairytale paradise for children on the Rudolfplatz. while things are more rustic in the historic old town, in the "Markt der Heinzel", which is dedicated to the ‘Heinzelmännchen’, the house gnomes from a famous Cologne legend. You will also be surprised by a romantic Christmas village idyll in the Cologne City Gardens (Stadtgarten). And, located directly on the Rhine, by the Chocolate Museum, you can immerse yourself in the maritime flair of the Harbour Christmas Market in the Rheinauhafen. Handicrafts related to the subjects of ports and sea voyages can be found in the pagoda tents, which are shaped like ships’ sails, and you can enjoy mulled wine (Glühwein) and the sailors in the “Trudel”, a three-masted wooden ship. Fall into the spirit of a real sailor’s Christmas with shanties, Christmas classics, pirate juggling and much more. Newly established in Cologne, between the Sparkasse bank and Westgate on Rudolfplatz square, is Christmas Avenue, the gay and lesbian Christmas market with shows and variety entertainment.

Sljedeći termini:

25.11.2019 - 23.12.2019

od 11:00 do 21:00

Mjesto održavanja manifestacije

Weihnachtsmärkte in Köln
Innenstadt
50667 Cologne

Ne odgovaramo za cijene, termine i radno vrijeme.

Although the neighbouring cities of Cologne and Düsseldorf do not always see eye to eye on everything, they have joined forces every autumn since 2009 to host the successful Düsseldorf Cologne Open Galleries event – the 'dc open'.

For one weekend, some 70 galleries in both these Rhineland cities run joint initiatives to promote the region's outstanding art scene and present their latest exhibitions and works.

Sljedeći termini:

03.07.2020 - 12.07.2020

Mjesto održavanja manifestacije

Galerien in Köln und Düsseldorf
Brüsseler Straße 5
50674 Köln

Ne odgovaramo za cijene, termine i radno vrijeme.

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