The Museums of Cologne, 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.
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Guide Name: The Museums of Cologne
Guide Location: Germany » Cologne (See other walking tours in Cologne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Author: derek
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Chocolate Museum

1) Chocolate Museum (must see)

The Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum was opened by Hans Imhoff on 31 October 1993. It is situated in the Cologne quarter Altstadt-Süd on the Rheinauhafen-peninsula. The exhibition shows the whole history of chocolate, from the beginning at the Olmecs, Maya and Aztecs until the contemporary products and their production methods. The museum belongs to the Top Ten of German museums with 5,000 guidances and 600,000 visitors a year.

A special attraction is the three-meter-high chocolate fountain, at...   view more
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Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum of Ethnography

2) Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum of Ethnography (must see)

The famous Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum of Ethnography is a must-visit destination in Cologne. This museum is a rich resource of cultural and ethnological legacy from the Pacific, West Africa, Oceania, Pre-Columbian America, Indo-China, and Indonesia. Constructed in the year 1901, it showcases the unique and extensive collection of its founder Wilhelm Joest who was a frequent world traveler. Restricted space here has limited the display of collections. A total of 65,000 items are presently...   view more
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Wallraf-Richartz Museum

3) Wallraf-Richartz Museum (must see)

The Wallraf-Richartz Museum is one of the three major museums in Cologne, Germany. It houses an art gallery with a collection of fine art from the medieval period to the early twentieth century. Part of its collection was used for the establishment of Museum Ludwig in 1976. The Madonna in the Rose Bower, is among the Gothic paintings in the collection of the Wallraf-Richartz Museum. It was created by Stefan Lochner, who lived between 1410 and 1451 in Germany, mainly working in Cologne. Jacob van...   view more
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Roman-German Museum

4) Roman-German Museum (must see)

If you have been to Cologne, you would certainly have visited the Roman-German Museum, an important archaeological museum that has a large collection of Roman artifacts from the Roman settlement of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, on which modern Cologne is built. The Römisch-Germanisches Museum, which opened in 1974, is near the Cologne Cathedral on the site of a 3rd-century villa. The villa was discovered in 1941 during the construction of an air-raid shelter. On the floor of the main room...   view more
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Museum of Applied Art (MAKK)

5) Museum of Applied Art (MAKK) (must see)

Museum of Applied Art in the city of Cologne ('Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln', abbreviated MAKK) is a decorative arts museum featuring an extensive collection of porcelain, jewelry, architectural exhibits, weaponry, and furniture.

The city of Cologne decided to found an applied art museum in 1888. Originally, it featured collections of Matthias Joseph de Noel and Ferdinand Franz Wallraf. With the help of endowments, the museum was further expanded. Museum of Applied Art was...   view more
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Cologne City Museum

6) Cologne City Museum (must see)

Cologne City Museum ('Kölnisches Stadtmuseum') is the place to visit if you want to know what Cologne is all about. Here you will find this city’s history, details of lifestyle and all about the people who lived here right from the Middle-Ages. There are knight armors, small-scale town models and Otto engines that tell vivid stories that depict the very essence of this city. Also known as the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum, it was founded in 1888 and shifted in 1958 to Zeughaus, the...   view more
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Rhenish Photographic Archive

7) Rhenish Photographic Archive

If you love collecting photographs as memoirs of your trip, then you must visit the Renish Photographic Archive on your trip to Cologne, Germany. You can find an extensive collection of photographs on the culture, architecture and art of Cologne at the Rheinisches Bildarchiv. This archive is today a part of the Museen der Stadt Köln. Founded in 1925, Renish archive has been meticulously documenting Cologne’s urban development, topography, city museum inventories and public constructions. If...   view more

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-Sud

Nightlife in Innenstadt-Sud

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: 1.8 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
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
Architectural Landmarks in Cologne

Architectural Landmarks in 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.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 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
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