Cologne City

SMS Tuesday Evening Reception - October 14, 2008

On Tuesday, October 14, the City of Cologne and sponsor Boston Consulting Group have invited SMS conference attendees for a cocktail reception at the Historic Cologne City Hall. Conference Attendees will have the opportunity to share in a piece of Cologne’s history. Afterwards, you will be able to stroll back to the hotel through the city's Old Town.


Leisurely walk from hotel to Historic Cologne City Hall
Cocktail reception at Historic Cologne City Hall
Evening on own

Historic Cologne City Hall is Germany’s oldest city hall. Cologne got its first Town Hall in 12th Century and it was the oldest town hall on German soil. The present building was then located next to the city’s medieval Jewish quarter. In the 14th century a new City Hall was build on the foundations of the old one. In 1367 a fire in the Jewish quarter caused severe damage to the building.

After the fire, the square in front of City Hall (Rathaus Platz) was enlarged and the City Hall itself expanded. At the same time, work started on the first vestibule. The City Hall’s impressive gothic tower was added between 1407 and 1414. The tower is 61 meters high and it is built right over the City Hall’s former wine cellar. The wine cellar, which to the sorrow of some is not lined with racks of vintage bottles anymore, is these days used for wedding ceremonies.

Photo is courtesy of City Mayors: Cologne City Hall

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