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Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)

Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall) Review

The Rathaus is worth a look, even from the outside. (Tours of the interior, for groups only, must be booked at the tourist office.) It's the oldest town hall in Germany, with elements remaining from the 14th century. The famous bell tower rings its bells daily at 9 am, noon, 3 pm, and 6 pm. Standing on pedestals at one end of the town hall are figures of prophets made in the early 15th century. Ranging along the south wall are nine additional statues, the so-called Nine Good Heroes, carved in 1360. Charlemagne, Alexander the Great, and King David are among them. Sculptures of 124 later Cologne heroes, up through the 20th-century, have been added outside at the Town Hall Tower. Beneath a small glass pyramid near the south corner of the Rathaus is the mikveh, a 12th-century ritual bath from the medieval Jewish quarter that surrounded it at that time.

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  • Address: Rathauspl. 2, Altstadt, Köln, 50667 | Map It
  • Phone: 0221/2212–3332
  • Location: Cologne
Updated: 11-14-2013

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