"Altstadt" Old Town - Altstadt Tip by Sjalen

Old Town - Altstadt, Cologne: 39 reviews and 73 photos

  St Martin's area
by Sjalen

Easily the most touristy part of the city, Cologne's old town is a nice place to go for a stroll and you quickly find it just below the Dome. Here you can just sit in a bar by the river (but eat somewhere else - see my tourist trap) and watch the world go by. There is also the old Town Hall which I will once make into a tip of its own (last time I visited, it was covered in scaffolding). There are lots of little alleyways to discover even if the area as such is quite small and you cannot help wondering what the real old town looked like. Not only was the city bombed during WWII, but by then the Altstadt had already been changed by the nazi architects who wanted a more Hanseatic look to Cologne!

Directions: Near the Dome and the river.
Phone: 49221346430
Website: http://www.stadt-koeln.de

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Nov 15, 2006
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