Cities & Culture
Wallraf Richartz Museum Cologne
The Wallraff Richartz Museum in Cologne is one of the most prominent painting galleries in Germany, revealing just how topical European art from the 13th century to the start of the 20th century was and indeed still is.
The museum is home to one of the finest collections of medieval paintings in the world and allows visitors to see masterpieces of European art up close. One of the greatest attractions here is Stefan Lochner's "Madonna of the Rose Bower". The paintings representing the Baroque period, German Romanticism and French Realism and Impressionism are not to be missed either.
Thanks to the paintings from the Corboud Foundation, the Wallraff Richartz Museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist artwork in Germany. Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Sisley, Morisot and Seurat are all represented by exceptional works, whilst van Gogh, Cézanne, Gauguin, Bonnard, Ensor and Munch pave the way for Modernism. The building designed by Cologne's star architect Oswald Mathias Ungers provides a modern setting for this major painting gallery, having been officially opened in 2001. The museum provides plenty of guided tours and caters well to children. Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday: 10 am–6 pm, the first and third Thursday of every month: 10 am–10 pm