The Cologne Cathedral

After our adventures in Amsterdam, we took a high-speed train to Cologne, Germany (approximately 3 hours, one-way).  The most well-known site in Cologne is the Cologne Cathedral, which is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe. Construction began in 1248 and it was finally completed in 1880.  During World War II, the cathedral survived 14 hits by aerial bombs. 

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cologne cathedral germany
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cologne germany cathedral
cologne germany cathedral
cologne germany cathedral
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cologne germany cathedral
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 The steep spiral staircase leading up to the top of the Cologne Cathedral.

The steep spiral staircase leading up to the top of the Cologne Cathedral.

 Inside of the bell tower

Inside of the bell tower

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 Quite noisy and loud if you are up there while the bells are playing

Quite noisy and loud if you are up there while the bells are playing

 The last set of stairs up to the top of the Cologne Cathedral (533 steps total)

The last set of stairs up to the top of the Cologne Cathedral (533 steps total)

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cologne cathedral germany
 View from the top of the Cathedral

View from the top of the Cathedral

 View from the top of the Cathedral

View from the top of the Cathedral

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cologne cathedral germany
cologne cathedral germany
cologne cathedral germany
cologne cathedral germany