Praetorium, Cologne

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See the remains of a city long past at Cologne's Praetorium, located below the Altes Rathaus and belonging to the Jewish Museum. Once the official residence of the Imperial Governor of Cologne, these well-preserved ruins from the Roman period represent the political-administrative cradle of the region for that time. The walls of the fourth-century palace remain accessible and visible in the Archeological Zone. Finds include pottery, wall paintings, marble decorations, mosaics, and sculptures. Also, look for old Roman sewer, which you can access from the anteroom of the Praetorium. Plan your Praetorium visit and explore what else you can see and do in Cologne using our Cologne trip planner .
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  • The entrance is very unobtrusive. Those who are interested in Roman history, should detour here on his tour through Cologne. What is missing is the media presentation like for example a virtual tour of the old Cologne, learn more about the individual exhibits or photographs.
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  • I stayed and N C A N T the D with the Praetorium!! Not great but it's amazing how after thousands of years still has the structure there!! Worth to visit!
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  • Rather we came by chance on a bad weather day with visitors to this hidden gem. We felt transported like in another world
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  • I loved this museum. I was with a friend from overseas and we didn't book any tour but I will return with a booked tour that much I enjoyed it. The sewage tunnel is nothing for the faint heart. Claustrophobic situation but still amazing. The rich history in form of buildings is simply breathtaking.
  • Great value. Wonderful experience. Really recommend this while in cologne 3.50 for half hour perfect.
  • Good historical place but a little bit small. Only some ancient town foundation.
  • My 2nd favourite historical site in Cologne. Easy to overlook, but a shame to miss. You go under the city to see historical Roman city hall/ Palace remains. It doesn't take too long to do, but is well worth any detour. They found the ruins during rebuilding after WWII, and decided to protect it by building an underground cement cover of some sort. Can't believe I walked by for years without realizing what enchanting history was waiting behind that a assuming entrance.
  • This place should be more famous! Incredible!

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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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