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Cologne, founded 2000 years ago by the Romans, is one of the oldest cities in Germany. The twelve Romanesque churches and the famous cathedral attest to how important the city was as a religious center.
Today Cologne has a relaxed, almost provincial atmosphere. Its historic center is ideal to explore on foot. Besides the many ecclesiastic buildings the city also offers a number of interesting museums and historic structures such as the eclectic Rathaus and the Gothic Gürzenich.
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The Gürzenich is a historic Gothic building that was erected in the 15th century as an events and festivities hall. In its heyday it was also used to welcome dignitaries, including several emperors.
Cologne's cathedral, one of the world's largest churches, attracts millions of visitors each year. The cathedral was built over a span of more than 600 years and was the world's tallest building when completed in 1880.
The Overstolzenhaus is a magnificent example of a Romanesque house . It was built in the early 13th century for a wealthy merchant family and is the oldest such remaining building in Cologne.
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