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Visit Koln – One of The Oldest Cities in Germany

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Koln

Koln is one of the largest and oldest cities in Germany. An important cultural center, this metropolis boasts plenty of interesting tourist attractions, besides the gorgeous architecture and set of exciting museums. Although the city was destroyed during the Second World War, it was quickly rebuilt, becoming a vibrant and dynamic city.

Koln Dome

Dome

The most famous building in Koln, the Dome with its imposing towers rises towering over other buildings of the metropolis. The construction of this Dome began in 1248, one of the largest architectural projects from the medieval period. The works, however, stopped after more than two hundred years, was resumed only in the nineteenth century when it was finally completed. Currently, Koln Dome is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, a true Gothic beauty with two towers 157 meters high which dominates the city’s landscape.

If you dare to climb the 500 steps to the top, you will be rewarded with superb panoramic views over the entire city. The Dome also boasts an array of colorful stained glass, the interior is decorated with lots of works of art, some dating from the Middle Ages. The Koln Dome is located in the Three Kings Altar, where, according to legend, are relics of the three Magi.

Zoo

Zoo

With over 7,000 animals housed in a fleet of dozens of hectares, Koln Zoo, the oldest zoo in Germany is a great place for those traveling with family. The little ones will be fascinated by the species of baboons and lemurs that roam freely through their spaces. Also, do not miss the park of Asian elephants, housed in a Moorish building, or Monkey Island with artificial Amazon forest.

Aquarium

Aqua

Near the garden there is also an aquarium with 70 basins that shows the colorful marine life, specific to different habitats, from the Rhine River, which crosses Koln, in the Pacific Ocean.

Ludwig Museum

Ludwig

Koln boasts with more than 30 museums, which include a “delicious” chocolate museum, and Fragrance Museum, founded by Johann Maria Farina, who invented cologne. However, the most interesting is the Ludwig Museum, housed in a modernist building, just behind the Duomo.

The gallery was named after the famous chocolatier Peter Ludwig, who donated the institution 350 works of modern art. Today, the museum boasts the largest collection of pop art outside the United States, including works by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. Also, the Picasso museum’s collection is one of the largest in the world after the one in Barcelona and one in Paris. Here art lovers can admire the works of the most important artistic movements of the last century.

Romanesque churches in the Old Town

Church St. Gereon

Church St. Gereon

A city as old as Koln has a long and tumultuous history, which can be seen best on its winding streets. Besides Koln Dome, the metropolis boasts 12 Romanesque churches scattered through the old center, these architectural works being among the most important sights in the city. These churches have been altered over the centuries, and most were partially destroyed during the Second World War. However, churches have been rebuilt, so that today are some of the finest examples of medieval architecture in Europe.

Church of St. Martin

Church of St. Martin

Many of these buildings date from Roman times – eg Church St. Gereon was originally the chapel of a Roman cemetery, while others were built over ancient temples and churches from Roman times. Among the most beautiful church include St. Martin. Originally built over several buildings used for storage, these colorful buildings were then integrated into building architecture. Another Romanesque church not to be missed is the church of St. Pantaleon, built in the tenth century villa over a Roman villa. The church boasts a series of colorful murals on the ceiling.

Of course the city of Koln has plenty of other attractions that will surprise you, and if you have enough time, you can do a walk across metropolis rooftops with a cable passing over the old town and connects the two sides of the Rhine.

What other sights in Koln would you add on our list?

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23 Thoughts on “Visit Koln – One of The Oldest Cities in Germany

  1. Gjessi on July 1, 2016 at 2:47 pm said:

    Wow that’s really beautiful. Hope I can visit there some day as well, really inspiring

  2. preet on July 3, 2016 at 5:41 pm said:

    a lovely place to go family tour..

  3. Samela Generoso on July 10, 2016 at 8:51 pm said:

    
    I loved the photos, are very beautiful

  4. aliben on July 11, 2016 at 4:30 pm said:

    Beautifull arcitecture ,difficult to find it today

  5. Satya Prakash on July 17, 2016 at 10:27 am said:

    its awesome to read about such cities. the pictures of The most famous building in Koln,Church of St. Martin,Ludwig Museum,zoo,aquarium are very beautiful. i would like to go there at least once in my life.

  6. Anubhab Langthasa on July 22, 2016 at 2:56 pm said:

    Really informative and what a beautiful place 🙂

  7. Nijo on July 24, 2016 at 1:23 pm said:

    I really want to visit this awesome place…

  8. Jewel on July 24, 2016 at 6:48 pm said:

    Awesome city

  9. jorge on August 2, 2016 at 7:02 pm said:

    thats amazing!

  10. edinson erraez on August 3, 2016 at 4:18 pm said:

    Wow that is very nice. I hope to be there with my famila someday be fantastic

  11. Graciela on August 15, 2016 at 2:27 am said:

    Wow, what a beautiful place! I would love to go!

  12. mehedi hasan on August 20, 2016 at 11:48 am said:

    lovely.waiting for visit.

  13. ptcarul on August 20, 2016 at 7:03 pm said:

    camera stiles are very good, nice place, soon i will try to visit

  14. SWATHI on August 31, 2016 at 5:15 am said:

    OMG!seriously what a beautiful place…i wish i can go there at-least once in my life time… 🙂

  15. Really nice place, that was like a city of dream. soo inspiring…

  16. very beautiful city i love to visit it and i will . i like oldest cities like koln .

  17. Amazing, Awesome. if i can, i will visit !

  18. it’s so amazing and historical. i really wanna go there

  19. Vincenzo on October 10, 2016 at 8:17 pm said:

    Wow this is amazing always heard of it,, but never been ,so beautiful and wanting to visit,

  20. heavenbounds on October 12, 2016 at 12:56 am said:

    this is great. i cant believe what am seeing

  21. Charu Satish on November 7, 2016 at 1:24 pm said:

    its historical and amazing, worth a try….

  22. Gabriel on November 15, 2016 at 9:28 pm said:

    Amazing place, I’d like to visit soon.

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