Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany, founded by the Romans in AD 50, when it was called “Colonia Claudia Ara Aggrippinensium”. Rome’s imperial governor lived here and the city was quickly considered one of the empire’s most important trade and manufacturing centres north of the Alps. Thereafter it was occupied by the Franks and was made an archbishopric (the office of an archbishop) by Charlemagne. It survived World War II and it is today considered a major cultural centre with museums ranking among the best in the world.
Admire the facade of the cathedral of Cologne, a gothic masterpiece unique in the world. Learn about the legends and mysteries that propelled it on the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites. Discover the City Hall, the oldest in Germany and therefore composed of many different architectural styles, with a Gothic tower and a Renaissance style loggia and cloister. Stop by the Archeological zone of the Jewish Quarter. Learn about the long history of the Jews living in Cologne and learn about the 17-metre-deep shaft of the Mikveh, the Jewish ritual bath, that was excavated in the area. Even today, the level of the Rhine can be read at the bottom of the Mikveh. This and much more to be seen and discovered in a city to be remembered.
Facade of the Cologne Cathedral
Peters Brauhaus and some of its famous beers
Archeological zone of the Jewish Quarter
The Romanesque Catholic church of Great Saint Martin
How the cities survived the Second World War
UNESCO listed Cathedral
Many famous breweries from the city
Germany’s oldest city hall
Jewish Quarter and its Archeological zone
Church of Great Saint Martin and it’s interesting history