The Churches of Cologne, Cologne

For centuries, Cologne has been regarded as a very important religious center. The Cologne Cathedral is renowned as a symbol of Christianity and is part of the estimated 30 or so churches located in this German Catholic city.
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The Churches of Cologne Map

Guide Name: The Churches of Cologne
Guide Location: Germany » Cologne (See other walking tours in Cologne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Author: derek
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Church of St. Severin

1) Church of St. Severin

The Basilica of St. Severin is an early Romanesque basilica church located in the Südstadt of Cologne (Köln) and it is one of the twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne. It was established in the late 4th century as a memorial chapel and extended several times. The oldest parts of today's building date back to the 10th century. It was designated a Basilica Minor by Pope Pius XII in 1953. The former collegiate church is dedicated to St. Severin of Cologne.

Saint Severin of Cologne (in...   view more
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Church of St. Pantaleon

2) Church of St. Pantaleon

The beautiful Church of Saint Pantaleon enjoys the distinction of being one of the 12 Romanesque churches in Cologne. It was built over a Roman villa ruins as a dedication to a Greek martyr in the 10th century. Right next to this church, a Benedictine Abbey was founded by Emperor Otto the Great’s Brother, Archbishop Bruno in 957. Consecrated on 24th October, 980 by Archbishop Warin of Cologne, Saint Pantaleon church has a small east apse, a flat roof, square transepts and Westwerk in...   view more
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Church of St. Cecilia

3) Church of St. Cecilia

One of the 12 Romanesque churches in Cologne’s old city, St. Cecilia's church is located close to the famous Gothic church of St. Peter and it dates back to the 12th century, 1130-60. Since 1956, the church has been the home of the Schnütgen Museum for medieval art. To enter Saint Cecilia church, you must pay a small entry fee. Remember that this church is not open on Mondays. Originally, this church was constructed for the Canonesses community. The fine nun’s gallery located at the...   view more
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Antoniterkirche

4) Antoniterkirche

Cologne is a city that every avid tourist must visit at least once. This city has a unique charm and warm atmosphere that entices tourists to come back repeatedly. Cologne is known for its Gothic and Romanesque churches. Among the Gothic churches, the Antoniterkirche holds a special place. Located close to the main shopping street of the city, this Protestant church is frequented by those who wish to pray in absolute peace and quiet. Antoniterkirche is a very peaceful church built around 1350 to...   view more
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Cathedral Gross St. Martin

5) Cathedral Gross St. Martin (must see)

Cologne is very famous for its 12 Romanesque churches, much as for the exquisite and majestic Gothic churches. Among these dozen churches, Gross St. Martin holds a special place in the hearts of people who live here. This church is also visited by tourists from across the world. It was constructed by the Archbishop Bruno the Great on remnants of a Roman chapel (circa 960 AD) on what was then an island in the Rhine and dedicated to Saint Martinus. Later it was transformed into a Benedictine...   view more
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Minoritenkirche

6) Minoritenkirche

Cologne is a city of exquisite churches. Visitors from around the world throng this city to enjoy the unique atmosphere, ambience and beauty of these Romanesque and Gothic churches. Minoritenkirche is one of the popular churches here, a must visit tourist attraction.

The Dom Cathedral and Minoritenkirche St Maria Empfangnis were constructed around the same time in Cologne. Minoritenkirche is a huge Gothic church built by Franciscans in the 1200s. As compared to the other churches in the...   view more
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Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

7) Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) (must see)

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom, officially 'Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria') is a Roman Catholic church in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne, and is under the administration of the archdiocese of Cologne. It is renowned as a monument of Christianity, of German Catholicism in particular, of Gothic architecture and of the continuing faith and perseverance of the people of the city in which it stands. It is dedicated to Saint Peter and the Blessed Virgin...   view more
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St. Andreas Church

8) St. Andreas Church (must see)

St. Andrew's Church (German: St. Andreas) is one of twelve churches built in Cologne in that period. Archbishop Gero consecrated the church in 974, dedicating it to St. Andrew, although an earlier church at the site was dedicated to St. Matthew. In the 12th century, the church was rebuilt in the Romanesque style and was probably completed after the great fire of Cologne in 1220. This church also features a number of attractive middle age sculptures, paintings, and murals. In the crypt of...   view more
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Church of St. Ursula

9) Church of St. Ursula

The Church of St. Ursula is located in Cologne the Rhineland, Germany. It is one of the twelve Romanesque churches of Cologne and was designated a Minor Basilica on 25 June 1920. While the nave and crossing tower are Romanesque, the choir has been rebuilt in the Gothic style. It is built upon the ancient ruins of a Roman cemetery, where the 11,000 virgins associated with the legend of Saint Ursula were supposedly buried. The church has an impressive reliquary created from the bones of the former...   view more
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Church of St. Agnes

10) Church of St. Agnes

St. Agnes is a neogothic Catholic church that was consecrated in 1902 and is the second-largest church in Cologne after the Cologne cathedral. It was founded by a school teacher who wanted to commemorate his dead wife and St. Agnes. The Church of St. Agnes is easily recognized for its idiosyncratic church tower that looks very much like a chess castle. With 80m (260 ft) in length and 40m (130 ft) in width, the church occupies an area of 2,155 sq.m. (23,200 sq ft). The tower has a height of 61m...   view more
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Walking Tours in Cologne, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Cologne

Create Your Own Walk in Cologne

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cologne is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Straddling the river Rhine, Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and a major European metropolis and cultural center. The latter is manifested in the richness of impressive architecture and fine museums found in the city. When in Cologne, make sure to explore the city's most popular places of interest with the help of this orientation walk!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Architectural Landmarks in Cologne

Architectural Landmarks in Cologne

Cologne boasts Gothic, Neo-Romanesque and modernist architecture, such as the Cologne Cathedral, the 12 Neo-Romanesque Churches and some new glass and steel architectural splendors. The city has also some impressive remains that weren't destroyed during the war. Follow this tour to admire Cologne's best examples of architecture.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
Rodenkirchen Walk in Cologne

Rodenkirchen Walk in Cologne

Rodenkirchen is the southern city district of Cologne. The district is known for its bridge, the impressive St. Maternus church and the two green parks which make Rodenkirchen an important district. Rodenkirchen offers you the opportunity to taste a bit of Cologne's food and culture, by visiting the famous Zum Treppchen and the Youth Kammeroper. Take this tour to find out more about Cologne's distinctive district, Rodenkirchen.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Shopping Tour of Cologne

Shopping Tour of Cologne

Cologne is a remarkable city, with a traditional profile combining German and French elements. This tour is to help you shop for some truly good items, starting with delicious chocolates and biscuits to a wide selection of exclusive souvenirs for friends and family.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Beerhouses Tour in Cologne

Beerhouses Tour in Cologne

Beer is an important part of Germany's culture. German beer is considered among the best beer in the world due to the German Beer Purity Law, which says that the only ingredients that can be used for producing beer are water, hops and barley. In Germany there is a wide variety of beer specialties. One of them, Kolsch beer, is brewed in Cologne. Take this tour to visit the most popular beerhouses in Cologne.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km
Nightlife in Innenstadt-Sud

Nightlife in Innenstadt-Sud

Known as a city for students, Cologne is home to a large number of clubs. The colorful nightlife scene consists of different types of clubs, including nightclubs, lounges, and live concert clubs. Take this tour to experience the rhythm of Cologne's nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km