City Game in Cologne


Using experiential pedagogy and the city game, or a mixture of RPG and scout scavenger-hunts taking place in real time, students like chess pieces move across the board of the city, and carry out research tasks in order to accomplish the mission entrusted to them - by matching places, facts, rapidly solving puzzles, and, above all, doing so in a race against time, within a predetermined timeframe .First, the project participants with a guide visited the town, getting to know its history, culture and topography.

Participants receive a map of the center of Cologne, rules of the game, a brief description of the hero's connection with Cologne. Given the fact that the participants do not know the city, the city game has been supplemented by the path method. The participants' task was to reach all predetermined checkpoints and complete all required tasks. The tasks related to both the biography and achievements of Konrad Adenauer, the culture and history of Germany, and Germany's impact on European integration. Some tasks were a summary of previously collected information regarding places of memory and Joseph Retinger's influence on European integration.


1. Each team at the outset, receives four Pfennings

2. Playing time is 2 hours

3. At each location, the team is given a task to complete. For properly completing the task, it can receive up to 3 Phennings. The team can also buy a hint- the price for the hint depends on the person at that checkpoint, and the negotiating and bargaining ability of the team members.


Winning team that:

1. Reaches all required points in the city

2. Guesses correctly who the hero of the game is

3. Will have the largest number of Phennings


1. Balduinstrasse 6 - here was the building in which, on January 5, 1876 Konrad Hermann Joseph Adenauer was born as the third child of Johann Konrad Adenauer and Helena. Adenauer's father worked as a clerk in the administration of justice in the Court of Appeal. In the nineteenth century, behind the building it was a large garden. The building was completely destroyed during World War II. Currently, there are two commemorative plaques here - the first of which contains the profile of the face of Adenauer, and the second - a brief information regarding the date and place of his birth.

2. Amerika Haus - Apostolenstr (former Gymnasium an der Apostelnkirche - Middle School at the Church of the Apostles) – for Konrad Adenauer's initial education, as well as of his siblings, his father took on the responsibility - Johann Konrad Adenauer. When Konrad was five or six, his father taught him at home in the evenings. He also issued his first report card on April 13, 1881. Intensive study at home meant that Konrad immediately went to second grade in the existing here Middle School at the Church of the Apostles. It was a school for boys. He attended from 1885 and later was admitted to the Royal Catholic High School at the Church of the Apostles.

Currently, the building, which housed Adenauer's first school, now hosts Amerika - Haus - an organization whose aim is to promote German-American dialogue, working to create a US-German cooperation in the field of culture, economy. It organizes lectures, conferences, but also artistic ventures.

3.The Church of the Apostles- Neumarkt 30 – a Romanesque church, which was probably founded in the ninth century. During the Second World War it was destroyed by the RAF forces, its reconstruction lasted until the seventies. There is a bell dedicated to John Paul II.

Adenauer was strongly associated with this church as it belonged to his family parish. As a child, every Sunday he attended mass here with his parents and siblings. Adenauer was raised in Catholic faith. Throughout his life he was a practicing Catholic. With political Catholicism the first political party to which he belonged was associated - the Centre Party. After World War II, as one of the key figures in establishing the CDU, he opted for an interdenominational nature of the new party, which has subsequently been realized.

4. Hall: Rathausplatz - here the office of Mayor of Cologne was located. Adenauer held this function for 16 years. Adenauer was a lawyer. His fate, however,  meant that instead of legal practice he became involved in public service. His marriage with Emma Weyer in 1904 in this context, constituted a milestone, because marriage allowed him  get in contact with local social and political activists. In 1906, he was elected to the City Council, and three years later - became its chairman. Thanks to this advancement was also a deputy of the then mayor of Cologne - Max Wallraff, who was his wife's uncle. During World War I, Adenauer was responsible for organizing the food supply, which has been recognized for its success. In his life, however, there were difficulties - first in 1916 his wife died, and a year later, he was involbed in a car accident, after which he stayed in the hospital and then in a sanatorium for several months. The accident left his face partially distorted. In 1917, Wallraff was appointed to office in Berlin, which also resulted in Adenauer being appointed city mayor. While Adenauer held this office, his purpose was to make Cologne a western metropolis. It should be noted that due to the provisions of the Treaty of Versailles, it was a very difficult period for Cologne. In the meantime, Adenauer led the innitiative to build a university, to transform the fortifications in the green belt in order to build a port on the Rhine, the construction of a bridge over the Rhine, as well as to launch new investments, including the Ford factory.

After World War I, he worked for the establishment of the Federal State of Rhineland, which had to be disconnected from Prussia. But he failed to put this idea into practice. The main premise of independence of Rhineland and the introduction of a neutral belt on its territory was supposed to calm France down, which feared the remilitarization of the region.

In 1929, Adenauer was elected for a second term. However, the seizure of power by the Nazis in 1933, interrupted his ability to carry out his functions as mayor. On March 13, he was expelled from the Town Hall. The reason for this was the conflict that emerged between him and Adolf Hitler. Even when Hitler supported the Center Party, he expressed his opposition to this decision. When Hitler as the new chancellor arrived in Cologne in February 1933, Adenauer decided not to participate in the welcoming ceremony held at the airport. NSDAP took it rightly as a criticism of the new government on behalf of Adenauer. The Nazis' discontent  also stemmed around the fact that Adenauer decided to take down the flags with swastikas from the Hohenzollern bridge.

After the Adenauer was forced to leave his position, as well as giving up all his assets to the NSDAP, he was in Berlin for a while, and then found refuge in the monastery of Maria Laach, which is also located in Cologne. He did not return to active political life until the end of World War II.

In 1945, he was again appointed by US authorities as City Mayor. Soon, however, he ruled Cologne. After he came into conflict with the British who took over the Rhineland as their sphere of occupation, he  became engaged in the activities of the CDU, which resulted in success for himself and his party in the 1949 parliamentary elections.

Near the church Adenauer's home was located, as well as his first school.


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