Cologne (Köln) offers seemingly endless attractions, led by its famous cathedral whose filigree twin spires dominate the skyline. It’s regularly voted the country’s single most popular tourist attraction. The city’s museum landscape is especially strong when it comes to art but also has something in store for fans of chocolate, sports and even Roman history. Its people are well known for their liberalism and joie de vivre and it’s easy to have a good time right along with them year-round in the beer halls of the Altstadt (old town) or during the springtime Carnival.
Cologne is like a 3-D textbook on history and architecture. Drifting about town you’ll stumble upon an ancient Roman wall, medieval churches galore, nondescript postwar buildings, avant-garde structures and even a new postmodern quarter right on the Rhine. Germany’s fourth-largest city was founded by the Romans in 38 BC and given the lofty name Colonia Claudia Ara Aggripinensium. It grew into a major trading centre, a tradition it solidified in the Middle Ages and continues to uphold today.
Best places to stay in Cologne
Germany - Cologne & Northern Rhineland (Chapter)
Cologne’s iconic Dom has twin towers that might as well be twin exclamation points after the word ‘welcome’. Flowing behind the cathedral, the Rhine River provides a vital link for some of the region’s highlights: Düsseldorf, with its great...
From Munich to Bremen: the world of German beer
A trip to an atmospheric Bavarian beer garden or a Cologne beer hall is a Germany must but with well over 1200 breweries in the country, it's hard to know where to start...
Cologne destination guides
Spirited shopping: 5 great cities for Christmas markets
Picture the glow of Medieval squares illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights. Imagine gingerbread-style stalls where artisans offer traditional crafts that threaten to banish gifts of boring neckties and fruitcakes for eternity...
Skip the Line: Hard Rock Cafe Cologne Including Meal
Skip the line at the Hard Rock Cafe in Cologne and head straight inside to dine on its much-loved American-style food! Choose from two different menus (either a 2-course or 3-course meal) and then sit back and eat, soaking up the atmosphere of Cologne, as well as seeing the rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia for which the Hard Rock Cafes are famous.
Cologne Christmas Sunday Brunch Cruise
Capture the Christmas spirit as you cruise along the majestic Rhine River through the grand old city of Cologne and indulge in a decadent brunch buffet. Admire the Cologne Cathedral, Old Town (Altstadt), and Rheinauhafen with its marina and eye-catching new buildings.
The Gay Games VIII in Cologne, Germany
What, you may ask, does sexual orientation have to do with the high jump? The answer is nothing, per se, but, if it’s the high-jump event at the Gay Games, hosted by Cologne in early August, then it has everything to do with reaching new heights in acceptance, self-esteem and community...