Historical Archives of the City of Cologne



The Historical Archive is the city's memory and one of the largest city archives in Germany. It contains countless original documents from over 1000 years of Rhenish history. Manuscripts by Albertus Magnus, Jacques Offenbach, Giuseppe verdi, Konrad Adenauer and Heinrich Böll are also archived.

When the building collapsed more than 10 years ago, it presented the historians with an unprecedented task. Every single leaf had to be cleaned and returned to its order. Only then was it possible to use them again. Some of the photos and plans suffered severe damage and are still being painstakingly restored.

In 2021, the modern new building on the Eifelwall was opened and its rooms offer a pleasant atmosphere for exploring the old treasures and documents. It is a source of information for researchers, but all citizens* who are interested in Cologne's history are also welcome.

Important to know / useful information


Dayoff: Monday

General Information

  • Bus stop available


  • for individual guests

Payment Options

Entrance Free


The Historical Archives can be reached via the Köln Eifelwall/Stadtarchiv stop using Line 18 of the subway. In addition, there are bus connections in the immediate vicinity via lines 142 and 978. The archive is located on the opposite side of the street in each case.

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KölnTourismus GmbH

Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1
50667 Köln

+49 221 34643 0


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