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Great Cathedrals of Germany

Trier Dom, one of the great cathedrals of Germany (cc)

Great Cathedrals of Germany

If you like cathedrals, you'll love Germany, for Germany has some of the world's greatest cathedrals. There are Doms (cathedrals) and Kirches (churches) in virtually every German city, town and village, a majority of them Gothic or Romanesque, soaring triumphantly in spires, one more impressive than the other. Still, since one must be selective, among the most famous, most popular, most picturesque, and greatest German cathedrals (and churches), here are the top 10:

[ Pages of interest: Great Castles of Germany and Famous Museums of Germany ]


Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, GermanyCologne Cathedral

The Gothic cathedral in Cologne is the most stunning cathedral in the world. It is also the largest Gothic building and third-largest church in the world. It was 800 years in the making and is well worth a journey to see... Read more



Speyer Cathedral, Speyer, GermanySpeyer Dom

This pure Romanesque cathedral in Speyer is the largest Romanesque structure in Germany and, unlike most others, is free of later Gothic additions... Read more



Trier Cathedral, Trier, GermanyTrier Dom

The Dom in Trier is an amazing piece of architecture. It has elements of all styles from the Roman period onwards, not necessarily all blending harmoniously. It was once the largest church in the Roman Empire... Read more



Marienkirche, Luebeck, GermanyMarienkirche

The Marienkirche in Lübeck is one of the finest examples of brick Gothic in northern Germany. Further excellent examples are in Wismar, Rostock, Bad Doberan, and Stralsund... Read more



Marienkirche, Luebeck, GermanyPassau Cathedral

The cathedral in Passau has an interesting Gothic choir and rather plain Baroque exterior. The interior is High Baroque and has the largest church organ in the world – 17,388 pipes and 231 stops... Read more



Regensburg Dom, Regensburg, GermanyRegensburg Cathedral

The cathedral in Regensburg is the largest Gothic building in Bavaria. Its tower should have been much higher, but finances interfered before the laws of physics could... Read more



Limburg Cathedral, Limburg, Lahn Valley, GermanyLimburg Cathedral

The Late Romanesque cathedral in Limburg in the Lahn Valley already shows the spirit of the Gothic style to come. It was repainted inside and out in its original bright colors... Read more



Wieskirche, Steingaden, Bavaria, GermanyWieskirche

The Wieskirche, near Steingaden in Bavaria, represents the pinnacle of the Bavarian Rococo period. This masterpiece is in the middle of the meadows far removed from any major town... Read more



Frauenkirche, Dresden, GermanyFrauenkirche (Dresden)

The Baroque Frauenkirche in Dresden, erected in the 18th century, collapsed following air raids at the end of World War II. Reconstruction was delayed until the 1990s. It is fast reaching completion... Read more



Frauenkirche, Munich, GermanyFrauenkirche (Munich)

The iconic, Late Gothic Frauenkirche, dating from the mid 15th century, is located in Munich, Bavaria. The church's 98-meter-high, copper onion-domed towers are the symbols of Munich. The church is more than 100 meters... Read more


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