Cologne, Heinrich Böll Square

Situated next to the museum Ludwig, between the cathedral and the Rhine river is this square, which is named after the writer Heinrich Böll. In honor of his contribution to the renewal of German literature, Böll was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1972. The people of Cologne know this place for its awkward acoustics: Right beneath the paving is the Cologne Philharmonics. Because noise is carried from the floor covering into the concert hall, the square is closed off during concerts and rehearsals. Signposts then inform the bewildered visitor of this reason and personnel try to stop anyone who attempts to cross the square anyway.

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