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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 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.
The Colonius is the tallest structure in Cologne. It was built in 1981 as a telecommunications tower and until 1991 its observation deck offered great views over Cologne and its surroundings.
The Hahnentorburg is the most impressive gate that remains of the former medieval city wall that encircled Cologne. It was built in the mid 13th century as one of 12 gates that gave entrance to the city.
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