Historic Old Town

Historic Old Town, Cologne: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Historic Old Town Reviews: 4.5/5

Historic Old Town
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Address
Neighborhood: Altstadt-Nord
How to get there
  • Koln Central Station • 7 min walk
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The Weak Knee Traveler
Singapore, Singapore11,772 contributions
Rebuilt After WWII
Dec 2019 • Solo
As Cologne was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Germany during WWII, a lot of stuff has been rebuilt and hence it is not really a typical old city from medieval ages, etc. Hence, it is not as spectacular compared to other old European cities.
Written November 7, 2020
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy4,249 contributions
Amazing architecture
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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Walgreenguy
Chattanooga, TN77 contributions
Eat, drink and be merry!
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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Steve_Grant1
Oldham, UK1,130 contributions
Nice stroll
Jan 2020 • Couples
A rebuilt city centre after the war. A nice stroll around but not spectacular. Good mix of shops restaurants and bars.
Written January 13, 2020
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Steve W
1,276 contributions
a day out
Jan 2020
well this was amazing walking around Historic Old Town it took our breath away and could not believe what we could see Horst and Inger told us of the damage through the Second War it was
incredible and the sad things that went on incredible worth the visit
Written January 13, 2020
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soinic
Lux.936 contributions
Rebuilt after WW2 :|
Jan 2020
Cologne was almost entirely destroyed during WW2, so be aware that this so called "historic old town" was rebuilt after 1945.
Some nice looking oldstyle houses, but also some major architectural sins :(
Wear good shoes to walk on the cobblestones.
Many places to sit down and have a "Kölsch"/beer & typical food.
Written January 4, 2020
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Jeroen C
Ghent, Belgium107 contributions
Quaint narrow streets and small squares near the Rhine
Dec 2019
Fun for a leisurely stroll near the Cathedral.
Several shopping streets all lead towards this area, but in here you either have historic residential buildings or small to medium sized bars and restaurants.
Written December 31, 2019
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Neil K
Liverpool, UK589,958 contributions
Especially beautiful over the Christmas market.
Dec 2019 • Friends
I have been visiting Cologne off and on for about 30 years and it's still a special city for me and the Historic Old Town ( Altstadt ) is without a shadow of a doubt my favourite area especially around the Christmas period when the beautiful and popular Christmas markets are in full swing.
The Christmas markets such as Alte Markt and Dom Markt are amazing, proper festive Christmas markets, the Old Town is not massive ,lots of the buildings that make up the area are post war rebuilds ,world war two bombing more or less obliterated the original Old Town but visiting the likes of Heumarkt and Neumarkt offer lots for the visitor,pubs,bars and restaurants are everywhere,its a major shopping area , beautiful architecture and interesting sites to visit,if your planning a trip to Cologne the Historic Old Town is most definitely well worth checking out.
Written December 26, 2019
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Yara H
Saint Louis, MO73 contributions
Charming
Dec 2019 • Couples
Charming especially around Christmas time. We stayed at a hotel near the cathedral which made everything walkable and absolutely loved it. Of course we were close to all the Christmas markets but also all the stores. Walk around aimless and you will love it too!
Written December 24, 2019
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shamwari
Warsash, UK365 contributions
Super busy nice xmas market
Dec 2019 • Friends
We stayed on an apartment overlooking the alte markt. Beautiful view but as warned noisy. Ear plugs vital as many revellers until early am.
Written December 16, 2019
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