Hohe Straße

Hohe Straße is a shopping street in the old town of Cologne, Germany, and one of the city's both oldest and busiest streets. Together with many of its adjacent side streets, Hohe Straße is part of a designated pedestrian zone and spans about 680 meters from Cologne Cathedral on its Northern end to Schildergasse on its Southern end.

History

The street dates back to Roman times, when it was the city's Cardo Maximus, running parallel to the River Rhine. It was lined with stores, smithies, offices and various shops and vendors. At its centre lay the former forum and important buildings, like temples and the Praetorium. Two Roman legions had barracks, hospitals, canteens and thermae along its course. At this time, it spanned the entire city of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, from the Northern Gate, located near today's cathedral, to the Southern Gate, located near today's St. Maria im Kapitol - then site of a Roman temple in honor of the Capitoline Triad.

Over the centuries, the street kept its central functions, but changed names numerous times and developed several distinct stretches. During the Early Middle Ages it was first called "strata lapidea" or "Steinweg", (meaning Stone Street), given that for a long time it remained an example of a Roman road. Later it had different names for various of its sections.

Already during late Antiquity, the quarter next to the Preatorium developed into Cologne's Jewish quarter. A document from the year 341 testified imperial privileges for an early synagoge. Building and site of the old Praetorium itself were later used by both Frankish Kings and - latest since the 1130s - the city's council. Still on this site today, the oldest parts of Cologne City Hall date back to the 1330s. Hohe Straße's section North of the city hall became center of the newly established University of Cologne in the year 1388.

During Cologne's incorporation into the First French Empire (1795–1814), Ferdinand Franz Wallraf created a survey of all streets in Cologne and their respective given names. The "Hohe Straße" (meaning High Street), as it was called at this time, derived its name from the "Hohe Pforte" (meaning High Porte) on the very Southern end of the street.

During the 19th century, Hohe Straße grew to become the busy shopping street it still is today. Shops and customers on Hohe Straße range all types and ages. Among today's landmarks on Hohe Straße are shopping passage of Cologne chocolatier Stollwerck and flagship store Leonhard Tietz of Galeria Kaufhof.

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Jai Othman
27 November 2013
A very busy shopping street. There are few nice really shops behind the cathedral. Dont missed it.
Aline Brandão
17 October 2015
One of the city's main commercial arteries. Can get pretty crowded in the weekend.
Blgn
10 May 2016
Best place in Cologne.
Pascal E.
7 January 2019
Eine der großen Shoppingmeilen Kölns, von der viele nicht wissen, dass sie sich auch noch ziemlich weit nach Süden erstreckt. Kleiner Tipp: Frites Belgique.
Thorsten Sterk
10 December 2011
Da die Hohe Straße eher schmal ist, wird es hier insbesondere an langen Samstagen und vor Weihnachten sehr eng. Deshalb gibt es zeitweise sogar Transparente mit Fluchtweg-Hinweisen.
Flo Müller
12 November 2017
Innenstadt von Köln und Shoppingmeile!!
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