The Old Town is Cologne's oldest quarter with cobblestone streets, where galleries, museums, concert venues, where the Cologne Cathedral and 4711 Cologne House are located. Here you will find traditional restaurants, cafes and breweries.
Altstadt, photo by roba66
Acquaintance with Cologne should begin from the Old Town (Altstadt), from the banks of the Rhine, from the magnificent cathedral and the Heimarkt square. Here is interesting enough to occupy the most energetic excursionist with sightseeing and at the same time give him the opportunity to reinforce his strength in a cafe or bar. There are many pedestrian streets in the Old Town. It will be pleasant and curious for you to walk along the narrow streets paved with cobblestone. It is difficult to get lost here, because the towers of the cathedral are visible from almost anywhere. In the Old Town, public transport works well. Here is the main train station and the Dom / Hauptbahnhof Underground Station.
Cologne (Köln) is a tourist city. On warm days, many street performers and artists gather in the square in front of the cathedral. There are many “living statues” on the boulevard, which at the most unexpected moment change their position, scaring passers-by. Street musicians often perform on pedestrian streets, counting on the favorable attention of those who relax in cafes or bars. In December, a large Christmas market starts operating in the square in front of the cathedral.
Old city, photo TATJANA_2010
Cologne is proud to be rightfully called the city of culture and art. Many large galleries, museums and concert venues are located in the Old Town. The expositions are housed in modern, purpose-built buildings for this purpose, where it is very spacious, with a lot of light and air. Most museums have wardrobes. Visitors are asked to leave large bags in the luggage room. All Cologne museums are closed on Mondays.
10 things to do in Altstadt Cologne
- It is best to walk around the Old Town.
- There are many museums and galleries world-class.
- You can drink coffee or light beer in some beer house.
- Walk from the cathedral to the cobblestone square of Altermarkt, which offers superb views of the city hall.
- Take a stroll through the narrow streets.
- You can get around the entire Old Town in just 20 minutes.
- Go down from the Altermarkt to the river.
- Admire the picturesque houses of the XIV-XVII centuries. on Fishmarkt and the Great Church of St. Martin.
- If the cafe on the promenade does not tempt you, go along the river.
- The most beautiful views of the old city and the mighty Rhine open from the railway or road bridges.
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