50 episodes

The History of Cologne is a podcast that tells the story of Cologne, Germany. It’s a city with 2,000 years worth of history and it has so much to tell! Listen to the city growing. Dive into the early history of the city being founded by the Romans. How did it become a bustling medieval city? How did Cologne perform during Napoleon and the Industrial Revolution? And how about the Nazi time? Triweekly schedule, going chronological from the Roman roots up until today.
Where is this podcast now in the chronology: 1074 AD.
Next episode: 17th October

The History of Cologne The History of Cologne

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The History of Cologne is a podcast that tells the story of Cologne, Germany. It’s a city with 2,000 years worth of history and it has so much to tell! Listen to the city growing. Dive into the early history of the city being founded by the Romans. How did it become a bustling medieval city? How did Cologne perform during Napoleon and the Industrial Revolution? And how about the Nazi time? Triweekly schedule, going chronological from the Roman roots up until today.
Where is this podcast now in the chronology: 1074 AD.
Next episode: 17th October

    #45 Anno II - The great Builder and City Ruler of the 11th century

    #45 Anno II - The great Builder and City Ruler of the 11th century

    Why did Anno II gouge out the eyes of all his jurymen in Cologne, according to legend? In the second half of the 11th century, Anno II ruled over the city of Cologne. With a lively building activity in the city, he is immortalized in the cityscape to this day. Also art, culture and trade prospered under his rule. And the veneration of St. George gave Anno unprecedented greatness here on the Rhine.

    • 36 min
    #44 The Coup of Kaiserswerth

    #44 The Coup of Kaiserswerth

    A man from the lower nobility of southern Germany becomes Archbishop of Cologne, crushes the power of the Ezzones in the Rhineland and kidnaps the ruler of the Holy Roman Empire: Anno II. is a man that is truly not forgotten in Cologne to this day.

    • 46 min
    #43 The Rise and Fall of the Ezzonids or How a single family dominated Cologne in the 11th century

    #43 The Rise and Fall of the Ezzonids or How a single family dominated Cologne in the 11th century

    The noble family of the Ezzones was at the height of power in the 11th century. The namesake and Count Palatine of Lorraine named Ezzo had already attained an almost ducal position on the Rhine around the year 1000. How had he managed this? It was, as so often in life, the circumstance of having the right connections and the right nose. Ezzo had successfully married into the then still existing Ottonian imperial dynasty. He then used his proximity to the ruling family to successively expand his power in all parts of the Rhineland.

    • 27 min
    Funfacts about Cologne - Summer Break Episode

    Funfacts about Cologne - Summer Break Episode

    It's vacation time, hopefully for you too or that you get some time to rest. Have you ever asked yourself why some perfume is called Cologne in the English language? Well, you don't have to wait anymore. Just take a listen.

    • 14 min
    #42 A Day in Court at Cologne Cathedral in the 11th century - An Ugly Archbishop and the Beauty of the Cologne Penny

    #42 A Day in Court at Cologne Cathedral in the 11th century - An Ugly Archbishop and the Beauty of the Cologne Penny

    Cologne in the 11th century: We look around a bit in the area of Cologne Cathedral, where the Archbishop's palace is located, the monastery monastery and on the square itself, where court hearings took place.

    • 42 min
    #41 The Barefoot Shepherd: St. Heribert - A Medieval Crisis Manager of the 11th Century and Founder of Deutz Abbey

    #41 The Barefoot Shepherd: St. Heribert - A Medieval Crisis Manager of the 11th Century and Founder of Deutz Abbey

    Heribert is also one of the most important medieval archbishops in the history of Cologne and here you can find out why this 11th century imperial prince is so significant for Cologne's development

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

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40 Ratings

40 Ratings

PA Lutheran ,

Time traveling along the Rhine

I love this guy’s accent. This podcast is a lot of fun to listen to as our podcaster walks us through time and the city of Cologne. I really enjoy this podcast.

k2cram ,

Great Podcast about an Amazing City

I lived for several years in Cologne and I fell in love with this amazing city during my time there. I always enjoyed doing historical tours learning more of its rich story (Kronleuchtersaal anybody?). Not a day goes by that I don’t miss Kölle am Rhing. Thanks for allowing me to reconnect with those stories through your podcast and filling some of the ones that I hadn’t heard before.

Tallwalker15368 ,

An extremely enjoyable narrative.

Easy to listen to. One of my favorite history podcasts. Thank you Willem for your research into and your obvious passion for your city!

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