Historic Town Hall, Cologne

Historic Town Hall, Cologne

The Historic Town Hall was built on the site of the Roman Praetorium, which was the Roman Governor of Germania Inferior's seat through 475. An earthquake in the eighth century destroyed the Praetorium.

Historic Town Hall is Germany's oldest city hall. Citizens formed a commune in the 11th century, and Cologne's coat of arms dates to 1114. The roofed hall building is City Hall's oldest building. The building dates to 1330 and features stone figures representing the Emperor, the Privileges, and the Nine Worthies.

The Gothic-style tower was constructed between 1407 and 1414. The five-story tower is 61 meters (200 feet) tall. The tower was Cologne's first secular high-rise and features 130 stone statues. The tower was damaged by World War II bombs but has been restored. The tower's carillon is played four times a day.

The Renaissance-style loggia, known as the Rathauslaube, was completed in 1573. The two-story arcade serves as an entrance to the main hall. In addition, the loggia's balcony was used for public speeches. The upper floor's parapet features a sculpture showing the struggle between a lion and the mayor Gryn.

The Spanischer Bau building was finished in 1615 and features Dutch Renaissance architecture. The name refers to Spanish delegates who were in residence during the Thirty Years War of 1618-1648. The Piazzetta was built after World War II.

Why You Should Visit:
Oldest town hall in Germany; a complex of different architectural styles, pleasant to see. The stone-paved area is perfect for a walk.

Tip:
Nice views from the other side of the river, along with the bridge and the cathedral.

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Historic Town Hall on Map

Sight Name: Historic Town Hall
Sight Location: Cologne, Germany (See walking tours in Cologne)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Cologne, Germany

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