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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 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.
The Rathaus, Cologne's City Hall, was built in the 14th century and expanded over time. The city hall's tower, the Ratsturm, is decorated with 124 statues of historic figures.
The Hohenzollernbrücke is the oldest of the seven bridges that cross the Rhine river in Cologne. The large rail bridge is also the most photographed, thanks to its prime location near the cathedral.
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