Why is Cologne Worth Touring?
Beyond history and culture, Cologne is also one of the German cuisine’s champions. From brewers honorable as age and tradition, with the famous Kolsch beer and the unique city delicatessen, to rich restaurants, you will find more than 3000 distinct regions in the whole city.
Here, the headline is on ethics and quality, but you will also find specialties of international culinary art, at great standards but prices to match. Life here is like food: colorful, amusing, hard to forget and easy to enjoy.
In Cologne the number of monuments, old buildings and other attractions is notable, the entire city is an open-air museum that relies upon you to explore its long and beautiful history.
Here is a list of Cologne touristic attractions that you should categorically see if you visit this city:
– Krieler Domchen – in the smallest and oldest remnant of the church established around 900 in Suitbert-Heimbach-Platz, three Carolingian stone monuments remind of a church that was located in the same place and was destroyed by the Normans.
– Roman churches – Cologne is a city of churches. Like no other German city, twenty monasteries and churches of the nuns monasteries are positioned in an area limited by the the city’s Gothic walls, churches that are among the most famous in Western Europe.
– City Hall or Hansasaal was established in 1330, with the Renaissance arch and the tower that were attached later. The building complex sustained heavy damage during the Second World War and has gone through reconstruction until 1972.
– City Gates – Severinstor, Eigelsteintor, Hahnentor, three of twenty city gates of the Gothic citadel (1180 – 1220) were well preserved and are used today in specific ways. Ulrepforte tower and other renovated sections of the city walls can be seen along the circular boulevard, Sachsenring.
– Overstolzenhaus was the home of a Roman patron, used today by the Cologne Media College.
– Old town homes / the Fish Market – town houses (XIV-XVII centuries) in and around the Old Market and Martinsviertel district.
– Gurzenich Manor – representative with its ballroom for citizens of Cologne (XVth century). Today, it serves as a center for international congresses.
– Zeughaus – city’s former arsenal (1594 – 1606), today the Cologne City Museum.
– Hansahochhaus – at the time of its construction (1920), it was entitled the “skyscraper” of Europe. Today is a commercial and administrative building. Inside you can discover the warehouse with the biggest audio media selections in Europe (Hansaring).
– Flora / Zoo – the gardens were designed in 1863. The Botanical Garden was established in 1914. The place, which was devastated during the Second World War, has been fully rebuilt and now has a collection of plants with approx. 12,000 species. Cologne Zoo is located next to the gardens.
– House 4711 – new Gothic headquarter of the producer of the famous “Cologne”. The number “4711” refers to the numbering system of houses, adopted by the French who came to leadership in 1795. For greater clarity, all private houses were numbered sequentially from 1 to 7404, (Glokengasse).
– Opera / Theater – both buildings (1957 – 1962) of Offenbachplatz were established by Wilhelm Riphahn and are able to receive 1400 spectators (Opera) and 920 (Theater).
Tourists can’t moan about hotels when visiting Cologne; the city offers more then 230 hotels of several categories, from cheap ones to private five-star hotels.