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Cologne: Roman History Self-Guided Audio Guide Walking Tour

1. Cologne: Roman History Self-Guided Audio Guide Walking Tour

Travel 2,000 years into the past on a self-guided walking tour of Roman Cologne, founded by Emperor Augustus himself. The city’s first 500 years of occupation by the Romans permanently shaped Cologne. On this audio guide tour, see the remnants of this ancient city that are hidden in plain sight. Begin the journey in front of the Kreuzblume beside the Cologne Cathedral, where you’ll hear about the city’s old northern gate. Along the way, check out original Roman stairs, and learn how to spot the celebrated Roman soldiers, Marsilius and Agrippa, on the Gürzenich Köln's imposing Gothic facade. The audio guide will point out the Great St Martin Church which was built in the Middle Ages on the foundations of a Roman warehouse in the former Roman temple district, St Maria im Kapitol. Find out why Die Römische Hafenstraße in Köln (a Roman harbor road) was imperfectly rebuilt in Kurt Hackenberg Platz and locate the largest Roman palace in the Rhineland. Hear about an ancient Roman sewer that survived wars, floods, and the industrial revolution, but might soon succumb to German fire protection regulations. Walk down one of the oldest continuously used roads in an urban center north of the Alps. Peer through the window of the Roman-Germanic Museum to see one of the world’s largest and best-preserved Roman mosaics. Find an archaeological gem inside a metro station and learn what the 1969 moon landing has to do with the ancient Romans in Cologne. By the end of the tour, you’ll also know why the Romans founded a city so far from their home, and where to find remnants of their walls in places you may never expect. The walk through the ages comes to an end near the Ubii Monument, the oldest stone tower in Germany.

Cologne: Old Town Historical Walking Tour with GEO Epoche

2. Cologne: Old Town Historical Walking Tour with GEO Epoche

See how Cologne has changed over the centuries on an insightful walk with an expert guide. Visit ancient buildings and compare their facades with pictures from the past while hearing stories of the famous personalities that interacted with them in their prime. Discover the fascinating city center by learning interesting facts about the squares, monuments, and buildings you see. Stop at iconic sites like the Fischmarkt, Schmitzsäule, St. Kolumba, Glockengasse, and the cathedral as you make your way through the lovely streets. Acquire a whole new perspective of the city of Cologne and have a glimpse into the lives of those who populated it way back in the day.

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4.3 / 5

based on 3 reviews

Very interesting tour with detailed stories of Cologne's long history, told by Uwe Schwarzkamp, our friendly and highly informative guide.