The platform of Cologne Cathedral’s South Tower offers an impressive view from a height of 97.25 m. In order to enjoy the impressive view across the city and the Rhine from this spot you must first climb the 533 steps.
St. Peter’s Bell/Petersglocke—the world’s largest free-swinging bell (24000 kg)
It is here in the South Tower Belfry that the transition from the quadrangular ground plan of the lower floors to the free polygon of the topmost floor takes place. While the base walls are still built as a square, the walls of the area around the windows form an octagon, roofed by a star vault.
The stone spiral staircase of the ascent ends at the third and last floor of the tower, at the height of 70.36 m.
With each successive step, the uninterrupted views through its eight unglazed windows of the architecture of the cathedral, to the city beyond and the surrounding landscape continually change.
Colonius is the Cologne telecommunications tower, which was finished in 1981, located to the north west of the city centre. At the time of its completion the Colonius was 252.9 m. high. In 2004 a radio tower added by helicopter increased the height to 266 m.
From here also, larger than life-size limestone figures of angels, created by Cologne sculptor Peter Fuchs between 1873 and 1876, can be seen beneath the baldachins of free-standing pinnacles. p.s. Those on the south tower hold the instruments of the passion of Christ, and those on the north tower hold a variety of musical instruments.
Passing the pavilion built in 1991 for the tower ascent supervisory staff and through a door in the north-eastern bass wall, the visitor finally reaches the exterior viewing platform of the spire.
It’s so worthy to climb and see such incredible views.