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Historic town on the Elbe

Petr Liška
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Tour of Cologne
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At the eastern end of Central Bohemia lies the city of Kolín, which is more than 30,000 in size. The city is picturesquely situated on both sides of the Elbe. The city boasts a beautiful Charles Square and the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew. Thanks to the nearby and better-known Kutná Hora, however, it is unfortunately somewhat neglected by foreign tourists.

Charles Square in Cologne

The historical center of Kolín is undoubtedly the picturesque Charles Square (110 * 80 meters) with a nice baroque fountain in the middle.

Charles Square in Cologne
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View of Cologne City Hall

The most picturesque view of Charles Square is through the fountain and plague column to Cologne's Neo-Renaissance town hall.

View of Cologne City Hall
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Cologne City Hall

Kolín City Hall is one of the most beautiful town halls in the Czech Republic. Therefore, you will not understand how they could stick a modern cube to it.

Cologne City Hall
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Charles Square from the west

From the „other“ side of the square you can see the towers of the cathedral and the bell tower. We're heading in that direction now.

Charles Square from the west
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Views of the cathedral

From Charles Square, take Kutnohorská Street. With two windows (Karlova and Parléřova streets), you can at least get a little idea of the mighty cathedral of St. Bartholomew

Views of the cathedral
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Church of the Holy Trinity and Capuchin Monastery

To the east, the city center ends at the Capuchin monastery and the Inedible Park.

Church of the Holy Trinity and Capuchin Monastery
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Interior of the Church of the Holy Trinity

If the church is not open, all you have to do is look at it through the window.

Interior of the Church of the Holy Trinity
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View of the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew

Comenius Park itself is more of a recreational place for locals than attractions for tourists (there is a playground, a statue of Anastasia Opask and a piano). So go back to the center along Zahradní Street. Cologne Cathedral is so cleverly built up that the view of it is blocked from almost all sides.

View of the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew
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District general credit union

Along the busy street Politických vězňu (inner city ring road) you will come to a roundabout, which is dominated by an interesting building of the former district general bank. From here we finally head to the cathedral.

District general credit union
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Cathedral of St. Bartholomew
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Cathedral of St. Bartholomew

The most important building in the city is the Cathedral of St. Bartholomew with interesting octagonal towers In addition, a tall bell tower is literally glued to it. The cathedral is surrounded by picturesque alleys, but it lacks some space around it to really see its monumentality.

Sundial in Cologne

Next door is a sundial telling us this wisdom: „Time passes – if we have time, let's do good“

Sundial in Cologne
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Road to the synagogue

From the cathedral, take Karolíny Světlé Street towards the Cologne Tourist Information Center, behind which is the Cologne Synagogue.

Road to the synagogue
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Cologne Synagogue
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Cologne Synagogue

The Kolín Synagogue is one of the oldest and most important in the Czech Republic. It stands in the courtyard and can be reached via the Cologne tourist center (entrance 40 CZK)

Cologne Old Jewish Cemetery

Ask for the keys to the Old Jewish Cemetery at the Tourist Information Center (free entry). It is about 400 meters west. Definitely worth a visit. It is one of the oldest and largest in our republic.

Cologne Old Jewish Cemetery
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Footbridge to Kmoch Island

From the Old Jewish Island, continue to the railway station, from where a footbridge leads to the adjacent Kmoch Island – a recreational part of Kolín with playgrounds.

Footbridge to Kmoch Island
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Large pedestrian bridge

From Kmoch Island you can get to the other side of the Elbe over a large bridge for pedestrians and cyclists (there leads the 2nd Elbe cycle path).

Large pedestrian bridge
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View of Kolín

On the other side of the Elbe, return east to the large Masaryk Bridge. Along the way, enjoy the view of the historic part of Cologne.

View of Kolín
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Elbe from Masaryk Bridge

From Masaryk Bridge, it is a short walk to the main square in Cologne, where the sightseeing circuit closes.

Elbe from Masaryk Bridge
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