The Rhineland

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  • 1. Dom

    Altstadt | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Köln's landmark embodies one of the purest expressions of the Gothic spirit in Europe. The cathedral, meant to be a tangible expression of God...Read More

  • 2. Römisch-Germanisches Museum

    Altstadt | Museum/Gallery

    This cultural landmark was built in the early 1970s around the famous Dionysius mosaic discovered here during the construction of an air-raid...Read More

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  • 3. Alter Markt

    Altstadt | Plaza/Square/Piazza

    The square has an eclectic assembly of buildings, most of them postwar. However, two 16th-century houses survived the war intact—Nos. 20 and...Read More

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  • 4. Altes Rathaus

    Altstadt | Government Building

    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...Read More

  • 5. Gross St. Martin

    Altstadt | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This remarkable Romanesque parish church was rebuilt after being flattened in World War II. Its massive 13th-century tower, with distinctive...Read More

  • 6. Gürzenich

    Altstadt | Government Building

    This Gothic structure at the south end of Martinsviertel was all but demolished in World War II, but carefully reconstructed afterward. It's...Read More

  • 7. Käthe Kollwitz Museum

    Innenstadt | Museum/Gallery

    The works of Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945), the most important German female artist of the 20th century, focus on social themes like the plight...Read More

  • 8. Kölnisches Stadtmuseum

    Altstadt | Museum/Gallery

    The triumphs and tragedies of Köln's rich past are packed into this museum at the historic Zeughaus, the city's former arsenal. Here you'll...Read More

  • 9. Kolumba

    Innenstadt | Museum/Gallery

    The origins of the official art museum of the Archdiocese of Cologne stretch back to 1853, but the institution received a big boost in 2007...Read More

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  • 10. Museum Ludwig

    Innenstadt | Museum/Gallery

    This museum is dedicated to art from the beginning of the 20th century to the present day. Its American pop-art collection (including Andy Warhol...Read More

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  • 11. Museum Schnütgen

    Innenstadt | Museum/Gallery

    A treasure house of medieval art from the Rhine region, the museum has an ideal setting in a 12th-century basilica. Don't miss the crucifix...Read More

  • 12. Schokoladenmuseum

    Rheinufer | Museum/Gallery

    This riverside museum south of the cathedral is a real hit, and so crowded on weekends that it can be unpleasant. It recounts 3,000 years of...Read More

  • 13. St. Gereon

    Altstadt | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This exquisite Romanesque basilica stands on the site of an old Roman burial ground six blocks west of the train station. An enormous dome rests...Read More

  • 14. St. Kunibert

    Altstadt | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The most lavish of the churches from the late-Romanesque period is by the Rhine, three blocks north of the train station. The apse's precious...Read More

  • 15. St. Maria im Kapitol

    Altstadt | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in the 11th and 12th centuries on the site of a Roman temple, St. Maria is best known for its two beautifully carved 16-foot-high doors...Read More

  • 16. Wallraf-Richartz-Museum

    Altstadt | Museum/Gallery

    This museum contains paintings spanning the years 1300 to 1900. The Dutch and Flemish schools are particularly well represented, as is the 15th...Read More

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  • 17. Weihnachtsmarkt am Kölner Dom

    Festival–Sight

    Of Cologne's four main Christmas markets the Weihnachtsmarkt am Kölner Dom, in the shadow of the city's famed cathedral, is the most impressive...Read More

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