I am a historian with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in history from the University of Bonn, and a history podcaster.
Even as a little boy, I was already fascinated by the history of all kinds of places. I chewed my parent's ear off, I looked through the pane of glass into an ancient Jewish bathhouse in Cologne, wandered around as a little child on Forum Romanum, and climbed the Great Wall of China at 5 am in the morning to have it all for myself and not crowded with tourists.
Living all my life in Cologne, I started a history podcast about Cologne called "The History of Cologne" in late 2019. One year later, I started the German version of it called "Eine Geschichte der Stadt Köln."
I decided early on that my podcast about Cologne would be firstly in English, as my intention was to reach an international audience. Too often modern-day Germany is reduced in the media abroad to Berlin, Bavaria and Oktoberfest. I wanted to offer a different perspective. Focusing on the city with more history than any other major German city: the city of Cologne on the Rhine. Over 2,000 years old, founded by Emperor Augustus himself. Elevated to a Roman city by Empress Agrippina a few generations later. Bustling in the Middle Ages, being once the largest city in medieval Germany.