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Cologne Cathedral and Great St. Martin Church

Cologne Cathedral – a church packed with unique art treasures

A church and museum rolled into one: Cologne Cathedral is not just one of the largest and most prominent cathedrals in the world, it is also home to fascinating and moving old art treasures of former beauty. It truly is a World Cultural Heritage Site.

Europe's once most famous pilgrimage church still majestically towers above Cologne city centre to this day. Pilgrims still come here, even after 750 years, but it is mainly tourists, worshippers and art connoisseurs from around the world who visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site (classified as such in 1996). The cathedral is wondrously adorned in major art treasures, including the winged altar at the heart of St. Mary's Chapel, which was painted in 1442 and is a masterpiece from the late Gothic Cologne School of Painting. Visitors are advised not to come to the cathedral during Advent or Lent, as the wings of the altar are closed during these periods.

The one-of-a-kind Shrine of the Three Kings is the largest, most artistically significant, and, in terms of its content, most ambitious reliquary of the Middle Ages. The Milan Madonna is utterly captivating. The original is said to have come with the relics of the Three Kings, but legend has it that it was destroyed during the fire in the Old Cathedral. The colourful stained-glass windows are spectacular. The oldest one dates back to the 13th century, whereas the newest is just ten years old. The low C note of St. Peter's Bell – the world's largest free-swinging bell – is moving, as is the pleasant sound of the Angelus Bell, the oldest preserved peal in the Western world. Take a seat in the choir stalls – where German emperors and the Pope once sat – and lap up the sound of the bells...

Cologne Cathedral

Opening hours: November to April: 6am to 7:30pm; May to October: 6am to 9pm; tours of the cathedral available on Sundays and bank holidays: 1pm to 4:30pm

Entry: free

Nearest train station: Cologne

Tours of the cathedral: for a fee. For more information (in German), visit: www.domfuehrungen-koeln.de; cathedral treasury and tower tour: for a fee. For opening hours, visit:


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.

Kommende begivenheter:

21.09.2019 - 19.01.2020

12.10.2019 - 02.02.2020

16.11.2019 - 01.03.2020

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Museum Ludwig
50667 Cologne

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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.

Kommende begivenheter:

25.11.2019 - 23.12.2019

fra 11:00 fra 21:00

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Weihnachtsmärkte in Köln
50667 Cologne

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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.

Kommende begivenheter:

03.07.2020 - 12.07.2020

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Galerien in Köln und Düsseldorf
Brüsseler Straße 5
50674 Köln

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