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Cologne Museums — Two Thousand Years "In A Box"

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In the Cologne museums you will find the Cologne history, which started more than 2,000 years ago, when the first Romans came to this Rhine area.

Its location at the intersection of the Rhine river with one of the major trade routes between eastern and western Europe was the foundation of Cologne's commercial importance. In the Middle Ages, it also became an ecclesiastical center of significance and an important center of arts and education.

Below, I will only describe three of the Cologne museums, whose are the most visited ones. See a list of the Cologne Museums at (only German).


The oldest Cologne Museum has one of the large classical picture galleries of Germany. Emphasis of the collection is the Middle Ages department.

It permits a nearly complete overview of the development to the Cologne board painting from 1300 to 1550, the baroque department, which shine among other things with main works of Rubens and Rembrandt.

Also the department 19th century, which shows beside paintings of the romance, realism and the impressionism (among other things Collection Corboud) also sculptures.

Museum Ludwig

Museum Ludwig — Cologne Germany [Photo: Dombauarchiv]
Museum Ludwig

The collection Museum Ludwig contains are above all paintings of the most important stations and positions of the modern trend: Expressionist and further representatives of the classical modern trend such as August Macke, Otto Dix, Erich Heckel, Marc Chagall, Paul Klee and Henri Matisse.

Picasso is dedicated its own exhibition. Particularly famous is the collection of American art with masterpieces of the Pop Art of Jasper John, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

Römisch-Germanisches Museum (Roman-Germanic Museum)

The collection of the museum draws from the archaeological inheritance of the city and its surrounding countryside from prehistory to the early Middle Ages. The most well-known works are the Roman mosaic with the reconstructed building of graves of the Legionaers Poblicius (around 40 A.D.) and scenes from the world of the Dionysos (around 220/230 A. D.).

In addition, points of gloss are the world-wide largest collection of Roman glasses as well as an outstanding collection of Roman and earlymedieval decoration.

The presentation concept of the collection draw international attention and made the Roman-Germanic museum to one of the most visited museums in Germany.

I hope you enjoy your walk through the Cologne museums.

Now we move further down to Old Town...

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How to get to the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum

Footpath Footpath 10 minutes
From: Hauptbahnhof
(Hbf = main station)
U-Bahn (Underground) U 1, 7, 8, 9
Exit: Heumarkt
Bus Bus 132, 133, 250, 260
Exit: Heumarkt
Car / Taxi Car / Taxi
Destination: Martinstraße
The two other museums are located right at Cologne Cathedral!
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