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Koln Sights and Landmarks Guide, Germany

Koln, also known as Cologne, is the fourth largest city in Germany after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. Despite its relatively large size, Koln retains an air of uniqueness like few other large cities. Parts of the city look like cutouts from a storybook, with picturesque houses in bright colours, dwarfed by looming cathedrals and ultra-modern structures. The charm of Koln consists in a feeling that nothing is out of place there. If you decide to spend some time in Koln, prepare yourself for an overwhelming experience: museums, churches and picturesque old neighbourhoods on one hand, bustling cafes, restaurants and nightclubs on the other. This Koln Sights Guide will tell you all about the must-see places in this amazing city.

Koln Sights - Architecture and important buildings

The Kolner Dom is probably the most well-known landmark of the city, and one that every tourist has got to see when visiting Koln. This amazing Gothic structure is over seven centuries old, and it is the second tallest church in the world. While you can enter the cathedral for free, there is a fee if you want to climb up to one of the towers. The Kolner Synagoge is another sight to see, especially for those who have a taste for unusual architecture. Koln has several neighbourhoods where you can find historic buildings. The local term for these quarters is ‘veedels’, and there are several of them. Agnesviertel is the city’s bohemian hangout, complete with quaint old buildings, gloomy cafes and independent art galleries. The Hohenzollern Bridge across the Rhine is perhaps not the most visually pleasing of Koln’s sights, but it is undeniably impressive, especially when seen at night (and from afar). The Colonius is another rather striking structure, looking like something out of a science-fiction film. Colonius is a 266 telecommunications tower on top of which you can sit and drink a cup of coffee and admire the city sprawling at your feet.

Koln Sights - Museums and galleries

Koln has a remarkable number of museums and galleries, and most of them are not your average fare. The Wallraf-Richartz Museum hosts art dating back from the Middle Ages, as well as more recent pieces. Kolumba, the art museum of the archbishopric of Koln, is a true feast for the eyes, comprised of medieval ruins, art and culture. Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum für Völkerkunde is an ethnological museum where you can find anything from Polynesian artefacts to Native American art. Schokoladenmuseum, or the chocolate museum, is one of Koln’s most recent additions. And it is a great place where you can find out tons of interesting facts about chocolate (plus a free tasting).

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  • WazlingCologne, the city of Roman ruins
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    Cologne is one of the oldest cities in germany and nice to look at. There you can barely see history in every part of the normal life. A lot of ancient roman buildings are partly preserved and can still be seen. Also a great historic museum in the center shows a wide variety of findings from all...
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