Historic Old Town
Historic Old Town
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Neighborhood: Altstadt-Nord
How to get there
  • Koln Central Station • 7 min walk
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Jotum
Knoxville, TN1,550 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Although about 80% of the city was destroyed in WW2, this area was rebuilt to be much like it was before the war. It has narrow cobble stone streets with nice shops and restaurants. (Note the cathedral was not destroyed: either by order to avoid it or because it was a good navigational landmark to guide planes to other targets.)
Written September 10, 2022
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Emily A
Madrid, Spain269 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
As a tourist, I thrive on the old town districts and this was my first German one. It did disappoint. Walk and enjoy, take it all in, read the historic plaques, take a free tour, sit and enjoy nature and ancient Roman and middle ages architecture. I love the old gates and Romanesque buildings especially, on and those lovely squares with cobble stone streets.
Written July 18, 2021
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Walgreenguy
Chattanooga, TN78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Food, food, food and beer, beer, beer. A great place to spend an evening, or two, or three. So many places to eat and drink. I did two nights and don’t think I made a dent. Food and beer are very reasonable. Quiet in the afternoon but come 5 pm or so....it’s time to get the party started! And as quick as it starts, it ends just as abruptly. By 9:30 pm the streets were near empty. This was during the week, so I imagine that the weekends are outrageous. Just don’t miss this area!
Written February 9, 2020
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Malissa H
13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
A beautiful historic district. It's a small area so won't take a lot of time to explore. If/when the museums are open they will likely make the experience something you can spend more time on. I would recommend sitting down for a glass of beer and schnitzel.
Written July 3, 2022
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy6,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
The Cathedral, the Rathaus and the Gross St. Martin church are absolutely stunning. Then there are pretty squares, secondary attractions and modern buildings too as the city was nearly destroyed during WWII. Lots of places to eat & drink.
Written August 23, 2020
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Toyotababy
Memphis, TN324 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
OMGOODNESS! What an awesome, beautiful place...what a great place to just enjoy the sights, sounds and good eating. We walked around Old Town enjoying the beautiful old buildings and statutes. Visited the Cathedral...WOW!
SO WORTH VISTING!!! Even our 3 grands 12, 10 and 8 were impressed!! 😅
Written November 10, 2023
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Razorfish
Little Rock, AR3,866 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 • Couples
My wife and I walked through Historic Old Town Cologne after our morning tour of the Cologne Cathedral on our Viking Rhine River Cruise. The different colored buildings were very picturesque. This area around the Cathedral was one of the few places in Cologne not bombed by the Allies during WWII. I’m glad Historic Old Town survived the War.
Written September 1, 2022
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jasjam98
Reading, UK661 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
We took a free walking tour . Small area of cobbled streets , painted buildings, cathedral, Roman ruins , stumbling blocks. Backs on the the Rhine . Grab a Kölsch and sausage or pork knuckle in one of the many restaurants. Loads of places to sit and take it all in .
Written August 27, 2022
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santo t
Auckland, New Zealand7,590 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Couples
It is not all the original buildings coming from many centuries ago, because some of the historical buildings or iconic buildings in the old city centre actually were rebuilt from ruins after heavily damaged bombing during World War II. Anyway, at least visitors can learned from information available at each place what was before, what was happened during WWII, and what have been done after, when they are strolling at this old city centre. The main itinerary reference line is from Cologne Central Station as a starting point to Heumarkt as the other end point. Along this line you can see many main attractions such as Cologne Cathedral, Roman Germany Museum, 4711 Eau de Cologne Shop, Rathaus, Farina Perfume Shop, Alter Markt, Great St Martin Church, and Heumarkt. Enjoy your walks on paving cobble stones road, easy walk on gentle level roads, see and stop at plenty restaurants or cafes as you wish, and finally you can have a nice closure by Rhine River Cruise start from the wharf near Great St Martin Church and admire the Cologne old buildings from different angle, from the Rhine River, beautiful.
Written January 22, 2019
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina65,232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Friends
Touring Old Town and the Cologne Cathedral Square, one can see that life is full of many exciting, passionate, and different people, who make it more interesting. This is a great place to have some delicious German food and beer, and people-watch.

In Europe, I’m attracted to the Old Town sections of the various cities. I find these to be the most interesting and beautiful.
Written June 5, 2018
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