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. Put Praetorium into our Cologne trip itinerary planner and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • July 17, 2017
    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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  • July 9, 2017
    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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  • July 5, 2017
    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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  • 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.
  • Beautiful. It's a few minutes, just that. It's not the biggest ruin you get to see but it's worth the ticket
  • Very old archaeological site for Roman ruins. The building needs maintenance. Lift/elevator was broke & it's a very difficult climb down 30 plus steep steps. Be sure to use handrail! Went on a "free day". Would have been disappointed at full price.
  • Jürgen Bilko
  • For 3.50 euro, you can go under the current town hall where the foundation of the Roman town hall is found. Not a whole lot of artifacts, but for the price? Its a good pick.

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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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