Gross St. Martin, Cologne

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Shaping Cologne's Old Town skyline since the Middle Ages, the Romanesque Gross St. Martin is one of the city's most recognizable buildings--and, after severe World War II damage, has only been opened to visitors again since 1985. The church, built atop the remnants of a Roman chapel on what was once a small island in the Rhine, dates to the 12th and 13th centuries. Now in the hands of the Jerusalem Community, this fully restored church has been brought back to its previous glory. Be sure to visit the crypt for a look at the church's Roman foundations. Using our international travel planner, Cologne attractions like Gross St. Martin can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It's easy to forget that there is more to see in Cologne than just Dom. Gross St. Martin is a reminder of that: an impressive building whose erection pre-dates the Cologne Cathedral by almost a centur...  more »
  • The place is really pretty. Cologne Cathedral or the people of the whole city or Castle, etc. .. Buildings are so pretty, but this place is even more beautiful. Strangely, the transition goes well with surrounding buildings. Cologne Cathedral but this pushed all the crowds who visit to look into. During the day the unit is suitable for a family picnic and evening is another face. A variety of restaurants from around the world choose this. We got to enjoy the live jazz on Friday, made another memorable memories.
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  • Historical buildings, impressive architecture. Very nice to explore the area. Lots of cafes and restaurants.  more »

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The Ring is a semicircular area around the edge of the city's walls from Chlodwigplatz to Ebertplatz. Along the semicircle are hotel chains and boutique accommodations that offes ready access to the city center on foot or via a short metro ride. For access to nightlife, consider the Südstadt area known for its rock bars, cocktails, and theaters. The luxury accommodations in the elegant Friesenviertel area often attracts local celebrities. Search for lodging deals in the Nippes area, which is away from the busy center and known for its local character.
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