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Praetorium

Kleine Budengasse 2, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Ranked #21 of 87 Attractions in Cologne
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Ancient Ruins
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

This place was so interesting. Walking in an old Roman sewer is lots of fun! As for the artifacts, I couldn't read much coz most of it is in German but you get the idea anyway. Only €3.50 and lockers are free so you can put your heavy bag away for a while and just take your camera. Fascinating, at... More

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Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
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77 reviews 77 reviews
47 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Get away from the crowds and the noise around Cologne Cathedral and go underground!! It is fantastic to see these Roman buildings in situ and they are very impressive. The only downside is that there is very few English explanations so you may be left with lots of questions!

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Berlin, Germany
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15 reviews 15 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
20 helpful votes 20 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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217 reviews 217 reviews
69 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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13 reviews 13 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
135 helpful votes 135 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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42 reviews 42 reviews
31 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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
12 helpful votes 12 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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