Top 5 museums of Cologne
As one of the most attractive German cities, Cologne is a fantastic place to visit. It is most famous for its breathtaking cathedral, one of the most visited sights in Germany. Besides the wonderful and immense Gothic cathedral, Cologne is home to other sights, too. Famous are also the city’s Twelve Romanesque churches. Other visitor attractions include medieval houses, bridges, modern buildings, museums and so on. In some of the previous guides I have already presented you the beautiful Gothic cathedral and the Twelve Romanesque churches. Below I will present you the top 5 museums of Cologne. Just like the religious buildings, the museums of the city are also worth visiting sights.
The Wallraf-Richartz Museum
As one of the most important museums of Cologne, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum is a fantastic visitor attraction of the city. It houses a fantastic art gallery including a collection of fine art dating from the medieval period up to the early 20th century. The exhibited items are divided into categories, includes a Gothic collection, a Renaissance collection and an Impressionist collection. The museum is a must-visit. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. (January 2014)
The Farina Fragrance Museum
The Farina Fragrance Museum is situated closely to the City Hall. It is housed within the oldest still standing fragrance factory. The museum provides a detailed insight into the perfume’s production methods. It is primarily focused on Eau de Cologne. The museum is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 to 19:00 and on Sundays from 11:00 to 16:00. (January 2014)
The Museum Ludwig is one of the most attractive of its kind in Cologne. It is famous for housing one of the largest Picasso museums of the entire continent. The museum is devoted to modern art, presenting some fantastic works, including American Pop-art and Russian avant-garde, too. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday (including holidays) from 10:00 to 18:00. (January 2014)
The Roman-Germanic Museum (Römisch-Germanisches Museum)
Specialized in ancient Roman and Germanic culture, the Roman-Germanic Museum (Römisch-Germanisches Museum) of Cologne is an interesting visitor attraction of the city. The museum presents a large collection of Roman artifacts from the Roman settlement on which the city was built. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00. (January 2014)
With about 670,000 visitors yearly, the fantastic Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum is one of the top ten German museums. It is a chocolate museum which presents the history of this famous delicacy, presenting its beginnings with the Aztecs, Maya and Olmecs. Historical chocolate machines are also on display here.
Among the highlights of the museum are miniature machines which produce small chocolate bars, a small tropicarium housing cacao trees, a 3-m high chocolate fountain and a shop offering a wide variety of chocolates. The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10:00 to 18:00 and on weekends and holidays from 11:00 to 19:00. (January 2014)