Architectural Landmarks in Cologne, Cologne

Cologne boasts Gothic, Neo-Romanesque and modernist architecture, such as the Cologne Cathedral, the 12 Neo-Romanesque Churches and some new glass and steel architectural splendors. The city has also some impressive remains that weren't destroyed during the war. Follow this tour to admire Cologne's best examples of architecture.
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Architectural Landmarks in Cologne Map

Guide Name: Architectural Landmarks in Cologne
Guide Location: Germany » Cologne (See other walking tours in Cologne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 13
Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
Author: audrey
Museum Ludwig

1) Museum Ludwig (must see)

The popular Museum Ludwig in Cologne was established following a contract signed by Mrs. And Mr. Ludwig on 5th February 1976 donating their art collection to the city of Cologne. Irene and Peter Ludwig, through this contract, agreed to hand over 350 modern artworks from their extensive collection. Located at the building on Bischofsgartenstrasse, Museum Ludwig features a range of contemporary art pieces that reflect the essence of twentieth-century approach. It includes works from Pop Art,...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cathedral Square Floor Paintings

2) Cathedral Square Floor Paintings

The Cathedral [Dom] Square attracts professional artists who come here to draw pictures on the pavement. Among the floor paintings the most noticeable are the portrait of German composer Ludwig van Beethoven and a replica of the world famous Mona...   view more
Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

3) Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) (must see)

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom, officially 'Hohe Domkirche St. Peter und Maria') is a Roman Catholic church in Cologne, Germany. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne, and is under the administration of the archdiocese of Cologne. It is renowned as a monument of Christianity, of German Catholicism in particular, of Gothic architecture and of the continuing faith and perseverance of the people of the city in which it stands. It is dedicated to Saint Peter and the Blessed Virgin...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia

4) Kreuzblume

On the edge of the Dom Square there is Kreuzblume, the old ornament built in mid 19th century. While a classic Gothic-style ornament, it bears resemblance to Neogothic as...   view more
Roman Gate

5) Roman Gate

On the side of Domplatz [Cathedral Square] there is an ancient structure vaguely reminiscent of what was once a Roman wall. Built in the days of the Roman Empire, a symbolic gate now stands in its...   view more
WDR Arcades

6) WDR Arcades

Known as one of the architectural icons of the popular German architect Gottfried Bohm, the WDR Arcades represent a notable steel and glass work. The WDR Arcades are a part of the series of public buildings designed at the end of the 1980s in collaboration with Gottfried Bohm's wife, Elizabeth Bohm. The WDR Arcades are house to the WDR Library, the Historical Archives and the Press...   view more
Peek & Cloppenburg Building

7) Peek & Cloppenburg Building

Peek and Cloppenburg is a spectacular building in Cologne constructed by master architect and builder Renzo Piano. A look at this wonderful building that is today one of the well known landmarks in this city, you will be struck by the creativity and style that flows through it. There is nothing conventional in this building that stands out for its elegance and sophistication. Renzo Piano has certainly built this with a passion that exceeds what is technically possible. This building showcases a...   view more
St. Apostles Basilica

8) St. Apostles Basilica

The Basilica of the Holy Apostles (Basilika St. Aposteln) is one of the 12 Romanesque churches in the Old Town of Cologne, located near Innenstadt's busy Neumarkt. The former collegiate church is dedicated to the twelve Apostles. The church has a basilical plan of nave and aisles, and like Groß St. Martin and St. Maria im Kapitol, has three apses at the east end making a trefoil plan. The basilica is impressive by its "triconch choir" and three towers integrated into it. One of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hahnen Gate (Hahnentorburg)

9) Hahnen Gate (Hahnentorburg) (must see)

You can enter the city of Cologne through 12 gates and the Hahnen Gate, or 'Hahnentorburg' is the most popular among them. It was through this gate that the German Kings arrived in this city after their coronation in Aachen. They paid a visit to the Cologne Cathedral and prayed at the Three Magi shrine. Construction of this gate spanned five years between 1235 and 1240. The land surrounding the gate was owned by a citizen Hageno and the gate was probably named after him. Over a period...   view more
Roonstrasse Synagogue

10) Roonstrasse Synagogue

During the Roman times, it was in Cologne that many Jews settled down. This is the reason why the city has a rich Jewish history. There were a total of six synagogues built in Cologne. All of them were destroyed during World War II. In 1959, only the Roonstrasse Synagogue was reconstructed. Roonstrasse Synagogue, located in Cologne, Germany, is one of the five pre-Nazi synagogues of the locality, which was destroyed on November 9, 1938 during nation-wide attacks on Jewish-owned property when...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
St. Michael Church

11) St. Michael Church

Located in the very center of the Belgian Quarter in Cologne, St. Michael Church is the third largest church in Cologne after the Cologne Cathedral and St. Agnes Church. Built in a Neo-Romanesque style under the design of Eduard Endler, the church was consecrated in 1906. The church is not only famous for its size, but also for its impressive...   view more

12) Colonius

Colonius, or Fernmeldeturm is the telecommunications tower in Cologne and is a popular tourist attraction in Cologne. Built in 1981, at the time of its completion the Colonius was 252.9 meters high. In 2004 a radio tower added by helicopter increased the height to 266 meters. This addition allowed the broadcast of digital television (DVB-T) from the tower in the Cologne/Bonn region. Visitors from all over the world throng this tower to enjoy a stunning view from the 170 meter high viewing...   view more
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13) KölnTurm

At 148.5 meters tall, the Cologne Tower is the tallest office building in Cologne. Construction of the building lasted from June 1999 to November 2001. The reinforced concrete building was built in cooperation between the architectural firm Kohl & Kohl and the Parisian architect Jean Nouvel. It contains a suspended center core and the edge between floors to Pendelstützen. The floor plan of the tower is divided into three areas, with an 18 meter mast to the upper end. Overall, the tower has...   view more
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Walking Tours in Cologne, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Cologne

Create Your Own Walk in Cologne

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cologne is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Nightlife in Innenstadt-Nord

Nightlife in Innenstadt-Nord

Known as a city for students, Cologne is home to a large number of clubs. The colorful nightlife scene consists of different types of clubs, including nightclubs, lounges, and live concert clubs. Take this tour to experience the rhythm of Cologne's nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
The Churches of Cologne

The Churches of Cologne

For centuries, Cologne has been regarded as a very important religious center. The Cologne Cathedral is renowned as a symbol of Christianity and is part of the estimated 30 or so churches located in this German Catholic city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Straddling the river Rhine, Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and a major European metropolis and cultural center. The latter is manifested in the richness of impressive architecture and fine museums found in the city. When in Cologne, make sure to explore the city's most popular places of interest with the help of this orientation walk!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Shopping Tour of Cologne

Shopping Tour of Cologne

Cologne is a remarkable city, with a traditional profile combining German and French elements. This tour is to help you shop for some truly good items, starting with delicious chocolates and biscuits to a wide selection of exclusive souvenirs for friends and family.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
The Museums of Cologne

The Museums of Cologne

Cologne is an important city in Germany with French influence that makes it a major cultural center in the entire Central Europe. It is the home of more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions vary from ancient Roman archaeology to modern graphics and sculpture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Beerhouses Tour in Cologne

Beerhouses Tour in Cologne

Beer is an important part of Germany's culture. German beer is considered among the best beer in the world due to the German Beer Purity Law, which says that the only ingredients that can be used for producing beer are water, hops and barley. In Germany there is a wide variety of beer specialties. One of them, Kolsch beer, is brewed in Cologne. Take this tour to visit the most popular beerhouses in Cologne.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km