Art

Museum Ludwig Fine repository of contemporary art with all the blockbuster names assembled.

Käthe Kollwitz Museum Thought-provoking sociopolitical works by one of Germany's most famous female artists.

Kolumba Sensitively adapted church-turned-museum presents prized religious art and sculpture.

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud A potpourri of European's finest smock-and-beret masters from the 13th to 19th centuries.

Traditional Beer Halls

Brauerei zur Malzmühle Locally adored brewpub with a pedigree going back to 1858.

Päffgen Brimming with history and character, this place is a must-stop.

Brauhaus Peters Worship at the altar of the beer gods while sitting in their 'chapel'.

Schreckenskammer Quintessential Kölsch pub has been going strong for more than 500 years.

Churches

Kölner Dom The mother of all churches in Germany is a flamboyant twin-towered Gothic pile.

Church of St Gereon Sprouting from Roman ruins, this Romanesque church is architectural eye candy from the Middle Ages.

Church of St Ursula Built on the burial site of 11,000 virgins martyred by the Huns (according to legend).

Church of Gross St Martin Altstadt beauty easily recognised by its quartet of turrets peeking out from behind Fischmarkt.

History

Römisch-Germanisches Museum A dazzling archaeological collection shines the spotlight on Cologne's origin as a Roman colony.

NS-Dokumentationszentrum This thorough exhibit in the one-time Gestapo headquarters peels back the layers of Nazi brutality.

Praetorium & Roman Sewer Tour the palace remains from where the Roman governor once lorded over Colonia Agrippina.

MiQua Archaeological Zone Museum-in-the-making on the site of Cologne's medieval Jewish settlement.

Römerturm A rare vestige of the Roman colony fortifications that extended over roughly 4km.