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Gürzenich Cologne

The "good Stube" Cologne

The Gürzenich is a popular and traditional Cologne venue and looks back on a more than 550 years history. It is today after the Town Hall the most important medieval Profanbau of Cologne, and at the same time is the Gürzenich-St.Alban of one of quality most demanding 1950s years-monuments of the city construction ensemble.

1441 until 1447 was built the Gürzenich as urban dance and department store. In the Ballroom on the top floor were received at Cologne guests of honour, celebrated festivals of emperors, Kings and citizens but Coronation celebrations, Gerichtstage and a general election held. The ground floor of Gürzenich used it as department store. In the 17th century he acts solely as a department store. The medieval festival House tradition was revived in the his and the building soon got the value as the most important Cologne event address. Also the "Gürzenich-Orchester" became nationally known. The most popular parties then as today included the Karnevalsveranstaltungen. The increasingly cultural use resulted in Platzmangel.

A growing was the Gürzenich a new, neo-Gothic design. You addressed then type the Exchange on the ground floor. Was the concept of good living room of Cologne. After the destruction of inner construction 1943 decided you already 1948 for reconstruction. The Gürzenich shows today modern architecture both harmonic and deliberately intensive with the Gothic wall of Gürzenich and St. Alban.

1996-1997 was the restoration, modernisation and extension of Gürzenich to the event Center. Today, social and cultural events, conferences and smaller exchanges and exhibitions are conducted in the Gürzenich.

In the courtyard are sculptures (copies) of Käthe Kollwitz in memory of prisoners of war.

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