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Praetorium

Kleine Budengasse 2, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Ranked #21 of 85 Attractions in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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Berlin, Germany
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15 reviews 15 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Nice reminder of the long history of the city, presenting the ruins of a Roman palace from the 4th century. A quiet place to visit away from the busy city center.

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Kapolei, Hawaii
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51 reviews 51 reviews
30 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

What a great unexpected surprise to find the ruins of the Praetorium, a governors place of sorts, under the Köln Town Hall. When we purchased or ticket to the Roman-German Museum the clerk asked if we wanted a combined ticket with the Praetorium Ruins and after asking what these were and where they were we readily agreed. After our time... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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207 reviews 207 reviews
67 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

When people think of Cologne, they tend to thing of the Catherdral. But Cologne's history goes back a lot further--to Roman times. Interestingly a lot of the newer buildings seem to be build where their counterparts were in Roman times. Thus the catherdral is built on an old Roman temple complex, and the City Hall or Rathaus is built on... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Just walking around this excavated Roman building, and through a real Roman sewer, was an amazing experience. We went using our Cologne Card to reduce the entrance fee, and it was worth it. We compared it to being at the Xian warriors, in China. Also, the excavations going on nearby in the Jewish quarter give it context.

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montreal
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

It is impressive to see the ruins however there is little explanation in the place unless you are German. So if you do not have a tour guide to explain what is going on then it is a quick tour.

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Dublin, Ireland
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259 reviews 259 reviews
62 attraction reviews
132 helpful votes 132 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014

I'll be honest, I didn't even know this place existed until visiting Cologne for the Christmas markets and then just happening past it by accident one day. But it is very impressive indeed and could I think be a bit more prominently advertised. The ruins and what they've excavated from them are fairly extensive and give you a great sense... More

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Under current Colonia has a piece of the great Roman Empire. Stepping into the Praetorium is like entering time tunnel and return to the time of the Roman governors and their engineering works, like as old sewer system,a masterpiece of engineering.

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Cologne, Germany
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

I'm not really into history, I don't know much about it and I don't necessarily like reading about it but seeing the remains of a building from the roman times was really fascinating. There is a model to show what it used to look like, however what remains is only a small portion, although it is huge. The original building... More

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Montgomery, Texas, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

This was a really neat place to visit and find out about the ancient history of Cologne. It's amazing to think that the exhibits are hundreds of years old. I actually snuck a feel on one of the bricks before I was gently told not to touch anything. But, to be able to touch something that old was amazing. We... More

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Halifax, Canada
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59 reviews 59 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

The exhibit protects a ruined Roman foundation that you can walk around and a walk through a tunnel that was once a Roman sewer. Besides these two things there is a single small room with a couple of artifacts etc on display. As a stand alone museum there is not much here, but then, they don't charge much to see... More

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