Cologne is a city with long and interesting history. It was founded by the Roman and first mentioning about it dates back to 50 B.C. In the Middle Ages population of this oldest city in Germany was about 40000 people. This city could offer university studies, freedom of trade and well-educated citizen to talk with; all these gave grounds to put this city in the list of the richest and most powerful European cities of those times. During the Second World War the centre of Cologne was destroyed for 90%, 72% of its territory was under bombing. When the war finished those few historical places that remained untouched were tediously restored. Their reconstruction was a true success. Most of the historical places are also rebuilt now and make the city very attractive and fascinating.
The ALtstadt is the oldest area in Cologne, where take place such world-famous places of interest as Cologne Cathedral, different museums and the House of Cologne 4711. The most part of the area contains of narrow cobbled streets, where one can find a lot of traditional restaurants, cafes and breweries. In all in Cologne are situated 24 breweries, which produce and sell the local sort of light beer 'Colsh'.
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