Cologne in the High Middle Ages was a growing city and an internationally important spiritual centre. The many relics housed in Cologne’s churches attracted people from far and wide to the city. Although power lay in the hands of the archbishop, the citizens of the city were gaining increasingly more rights and influence. Churches were built in the Romanesque style, characterised by massive walls and round arches of impressive simplicity and elegance. In addition to several smaller churches, twelve large Romanesque churches were constructed. Together with the more modern Gothic cathedral, they still dominate the skyline of this modern city of over a million inhabitants with their distinctive towers. Skilled master builders and their craftsmen moved from construction site to construction site, demonstrating their art.
Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the Middle Ages. Show your organisational talent as a skilled master builder by always staying a few blocks of stone ahead of the rest. Send your carts along the best routes through the narrow streets of the bustling city to transport the valuable stones to the construction sites faster. Sabotage the plans of the others, block the routes of their carts and win the archbishop's favour. Here, on the Rhine, the best of their guild are competing –

The Master Builders of Cologne


An exciting board game with a historical background for two to four players from the age of approx. 8 years – not only for people from Cologne! All the game pieces are made of wood. The lovingly designed game board shows many historical names and details from medieval Cologne. In addition, interesting facts about the cultural heritage of the marvelous city on the Rhine can be found on the back. Developed in cooperation with the Förderverein Romanische Kirchen Köln e. V.
Product Details
2 - 4
40 - 90 min

Stefan Scheidtweiler &
Christian Schäfer-Scheidtweiler

Renate Rohrbacher,
Christian Schäfer-Scheidtweiler,
Kirsten Scholz,
Daniel Wilwers
25th Nov. 2021
28.8 x 20.3 x 5.4 cm
38 x 55.4 cm

WARNING! Not suitable for children under 36 months because of small parts that might be swallowed. Choking Hazard!

29,90 €*
incl. VAT plus shipping costs
Delivery time DE: 2 - 5 working days / EU 2 - 12 working days

Game rules video (German) - just watch and start playing!

Bei "Die Baumeister von Köln" ist besonders das Anliegen der Autoren hervorzuheben, für die Geschichte - und hier insbesondere die der Kirchen - spielerisch zu begeistern. Wir vom Boardgame Historian können solche Bestrebungen nur unterstützen!

It should be highlighted that the authors of "The Master Builders of Cologne" want to create enthusiasm for history in a playful way, here especially for that of the church buildings. We at Boardgame Historian support such efforts!
Boardgame Viking comments:
Ein schönes Familienspiel, das leicht konfrontativ sein kann, muss es aber nicht. Die Regeln sind schnell erklärt und eingängig. Der Informationsgehalt, den das Spiel zusätzlich hat, durch die schöne Einleitung und die Informationen zu den einzelnen Kirchen auf der Rückseite, machen es zu einem echten Highlight, nicht nur für Fans der "schönsten Stadt Deutschlands".
Die Mechanik (Pick up & Deliver) funktioniert auch thematisch super. Die Karten geben noch ihre Würze dazu und führen auch zu "Aufsteh-Momenten" am Tisch.
Ich kann euch das Spiel, das im Laufe des Winters erscheinen soll, wirklich ans Herz legen!
Von mir gibt's 5/5 Äxten!

A nice family game that can be slightly confrontational, but doesn't have to be. The rules are quickly explained and catchy. The information content that the game has in addition, through the nice introduction and the information about the individual churches on the back, make it a real highlight, not only for fans of the "most beautiful city in Germany".
The mechanics (pick up & deliver) also work great thematically. The cards add spice and also lead to "stand-up moments" at the table.
I can really recommend this game, which is scheduled for release in the course of the winter!
I rate it 5/5 axes!
Gaming Wolves schreibt:
Sehr gut gefällt mir der doppelseitige Spielplan. (...)
Die Anleitung ist sehr verständlich geschrieben (...).
"Die Baumeister von Köln" ist ein klassisches pick-up and deliver Spiel. Es überzeugt mit sehr einfachen Regeln und einer niedrigen Einstiegshürde. (...)
Durch die Begegnungskarten kommen ein paar taktische Elemente ins Spiel, die aber nie überfordern.

I like the double-sided game board very much. (...)
The rule book is written in a very clear way (...).
"The Master Builders of Cologne" is a typical pick-up-and-deliver game. It convinces with very simple rules and a low barrier to entry. (...)
The encounter cards add a few tactical elements to the game, but they are never too difficult.
Review and rules video in Italian
Questions on the game
Unfortunately, we made a mistake on the quick guide card "Sequence of play". Instead, the rule as written in the game rules applies: You draw an encounter card when the black city gate die shows the card symbol, regardless of what the brown building stone die shows at the same time.
No. Building stones that are placed on a construction site tile are built-in and cannot be removed afterwards. Loading new building stones is only allowed at the city gates.
No. Any delivery exceeding the indicated number of points is not allowed.
There is only space for 1 building stone on each cart.
The winner, as a matter of honour, gives his competitors, who at this point have made one move less than himself, the opportunity to make up for this move. If he is outscored in points, he must even surrender the victory. If the score is then tied, the game ends in a draw.
The game rules say: "(Whoever) has contributed the most points (...) is credited with all the points (...). Only in the case of a tie will the master builder who has unloaded the last building stone be credited with the points."
In the special case described, the last master builder who delivered cannot receive the total points because he did not contribute the most points. Nevertheless, it may be in his interest to complete the church concerned in order to prevent a certain one of the other two master builders from receiving the points. This is allowed.

In this case, the total points of this church are won by the builder who
(a) has contributed the most points (i.e. specifically one of the two with 3 p.)
(b) the one who has contributed the last stone of these two (similar to the rule in the case of a tie between two master builders).