MiQua Archaeological Zone


The square in front of Cologne's historical town hall has for years been ripped open as archaeologists unearthed fabulous finds from Roman times and the medieval Jewish quarter. The area is being developed to include a Jewish museum that will extend underground beneath the Rathausplatz. It will incorporate the Roman Praetorium (governor's palace) and a Jewish mikveh (ritual bath). Completion may happen in 2021.

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1. Historisches Rathaus

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Dating to the 15th century and much restored, the old city hall has fine bells that ring daily at noon and 5pm. The Gothic tower is festooned with statues…

2. Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus

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Credit for inventing eau de cologne is usually given to Johann Maria Farina and dated to 1709. This private museum in the original factory building takes…

4. Praetorium & Roman Sewer

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Remnants of the Praetorium (governor's palace), the political power nexus of Roman Cologne, have been discovered beneath the medieval town hall. In a well…

5. Church of Gross St Martin

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Winning top honours for Cologne's most handsome church exterior is Gross St Martin, with an ensemble of four slender turrets grouped around a central…

6. Römisch-Germanisches Museum

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Sculptures and ruins displayed outside the entrance are merely the overture to a full symphony of Roman artefacts found along the Rhine. Highlights…

7. Kolumba

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Art, history, architecture and spirituality form a harmonious tapestry in this spectacular collection of the Archdiocese of Cologne's religious treasures…

8. Museum Ludwig

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A mecca of modern art, Museum Ludwig presents a tantalising mix of works from all major genres. Fans of German expressionism (Beckmann, Dix, Kirchner)…