Kall Is Where The Romans Brought Water To Cologne

Kall is pretty gosh-darn interesting. It’s not its 23 villages that makes it anymore unique than someplace else. No, it’s more what you’ll find out and about around the place that will do it.

This cute town can be found in the Eifel Nature Park and along the Roman Canal Route, close to Cologne. The Roman what? Oh, not another touristy route? Yes, but that’s all right; gives the place some more historical flavor.

Summer is a great time to visit the place and that’s when the Oleftalbahn runs. The kids will love this! It’s a historical train ride through the Eifel (which is also great for hiking and biking).

Before you go running off through the Eifel, there’s sightseeing to be done. Kloster Steinfeld is a most remarkable monastery built over a millenia ago. The basilica and its six chapels is a century younger and runs the gamut of architectural styles ranging from Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque.

Inside the church is the burial place of a 12th/13th century priest. Hermann Joseph’s grave is a pilgrimage place for mothers and children (many of whom leave him apples) due to a legend that’s been told for centuries.

You’d think that Kall’s 13th century St. Nikolaus Church would pale in comparison to the monastery’s basilica. But, there’s no comparing the two; each are lovely in their own right.

Now, there’s time to follow a bit along the Roman Canal Route. Those rascally Romans didn’t just build castellets (or wage war), they needed water and Roman engineers designed a way to get it. The Roman Canal Route follows along where the the Roman aquaduct used to be. These Roman remains make for good take home photos, but it’s still an interesting piece “before indoor plumbing” history.

So, if you find yourself in Cologne follow the Roman Canal Route to Kall. You won’t get lost that way and you’ll be more than happy you came.

 

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