Say hello to the gargoyles as you huff and puff up the south tower of the majestic Cologne Cathedral for a full-on city panorama. Have your breath taken away again as you enter this dazzling house of worship whose loftiness and ancient treasures never fail to amaze. Lower your pulse over your first Kölsch of the day at the nearby Früh am Dom, then amble down to the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum to have your mind blown by six centuries of European art. Drop by the Duftmuseum im Farina-Haus for an olfactory encounter with the original eau de cologne. After lunch at the riverside Fischmarkt, take a digestive boat ride on the Rhine before heading down to the irresistible Schokoladenmuseum. For a traditional dinner, book a table at Brauerei zur Malzmühle.
Connect with Cologne's Roman origins with a spin around the Römisch-Germanisches Museum, perhaps also popping into the adjacent Museum Ludwig to check out its collection of contemporary art. Head to the Belgisches Viertel neighbourhood for cake or a light lunch at Salon Schmitz, then poke around the boutiques and galleries of this charismatic quarter. Have a sundowner Kölsch at Päffgen or Biergarten Rathenauplatz before stumbling over to Feynsinn for dinner.