Discover the most exciting and fascinating aspects of Cologne's 2000 year history at the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum (Museum of the City of Cologne). In the historic Zeughaus (armoury) you will gain an insight into politics, cultural life, economics, and the everyday life of Cologne and its inhabitants.
On your tour you will first encounter things typical of Cologne: Klüngel (social networking), Kölsch (the local beer), Carnival and Eau de Cologne, Tünnes and Schäl (two popular stock characters from Cologne's traditional puppet theatre). Unique exhibits plunge you into the history of this cathedral city from the late Middle Ages to the postwar period. In the second half of the permanent exhibition you will encounter themes from culture and the economy: Reformation and Jewish life, school and university, citizenry and civic pride, trade and transport.
The neighbouring Alte Wache guardhouse from the time of the Prussian occupation houses special exhibitions on Cologne's art and history.