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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  • This church is a short walk from the Cologne Cathedral. Its Romanesque architecture makes for an interesting contrast with that of the Dom. For a small fee, you can venture below ground and see the or...  more »
  • Church located near the River, characterized by enormous Tower. The outside has a hit of eyes, very characteristic and unusual inside is very bare, I would almost say Franciscan. Worth a visit
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  • In fact, he's staying on the edge a little bit in the history section. A square just behind. A sweet place. On the edge of the river. You can drink your coffee to sit against the landscape in front of the tea.
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  • Must visit. You don't need more than 30 mins to cover the entire building. The exterior is really massive and interiors are quite simple. It was quite a surprise as we stumbled into this place. Really impressive.
  • Great view of city from tower. Very ancient church.
  • Another stunning cathedral in Cologne. The architecture is remarkable as it has a cylinder apse, which is a bit different than other regular cathedrals.
  • Beautiful prayer and music. Very moving.
  • Another great church in Cologne. Not a must see like the Kölner Dom, but if you have time definitely check it out. It's much smaller and more simplistic (although I've been told the simplicity is an artifact of budget and post-war reconstruction).

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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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