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Fishmarket, St Martins Church. Thomas Robbin
Fishmarket, St Martins Church. Thomas Robbin
Rhein Energy Football Stadium. Sacha Bruck
Rhein Energy Football Stadium. Sacha Bruck
Open Space in Heumarkt, Cologne Germany
Open Space in Heumarkt, Cologne Germany
Museum Ludwig at Night. Thomas Robbin
Museum Ludwig at Night. Thomas Robbin
Hohenzollernbruecke (Bridge) Thomas Robbin
Hohenzollernbruecke (Bridge) Thomas Robbin
Inter City Express Train. Photo Heinz Albers
Inter City Express Train. Photo Heinz Albers
Kölner Dom, Cathedral in Cologne, Germany
Kölner Dom, Cathedral in Cologne, Germany
St Maria in Cologne. Hans Peter Schaefer
St Maria in Cologne. Hans Peter Schaefer

Cologne Information

Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany situated on the Rhine River with more than 10 million people. The Romans first founded the city in 50 AD and Cologne was one of the city’s that survived much better in the second world war without being destroyed so much leaving some excellent medieval history to discover on your holiday.

Many tourists visit Cologne, especially the young that are drawn to it nightlife and events such as the famous Cologne Carnival (Kölner Karneval) held every year on the 11th of November with its history dating back to 1823. The carnival is not only old in tradition but is the biggest street festival in Europe and a must do event once in everyone’s lifetime.

Upon arrival to the city the first notable icon and one of the hottest tourist attractions is the famous Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral). One doesn’t need to be Catholic to appreciate the architectural splendour and wonder of the cities most famous landmark. The cathedral attracts nearly 20,000 people a day and is listed on the UNESCO world heritage list as culturally important.

There are many other great historical places to see in Cologne including eleven other great Romanesque churches, the Cologne City Hall, medieval gates and medieval houses like Overstolzenhaus and Gürzenich.

With more than forty museums spread throughout Cologne there is a lot to see on your holiday. One of the great museums not to miss is the Roman Germanic Museum that houses a large number of Roman artefacts including an impressive collection of Roman glassware. Museum Ludwig is another great museum to see and features famous artworks by artist Warhol, George Segal, Ludwig and Roy Lichtenstein.

Lastly a visit to Cologne isn’t complete without a visit to the famous Eau De Cologne 4711 (Cologne House). When the French occupied Cologne, Napoleon ordered his men to count the houses and this is where the famous perfume got its name.

Getting around in Cologne is easy. There are two major train stations being the Köln Hauptbahnhof and the Köln-Deutz. The train station is linked with other major cities and countries and can take you as far as Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam.

Aerial View Over Cologne, Germany. Photo Guy Patry, Freeimages.fr
Aerial View Over Cologne, Germany. Photo Guy Patry, Freeimages.fr
Hohe Street in Cologne at Night. Eoghan OLionnain, Flickr.com
Hohe Street in Cologne at Night. Eoghan OLionnain, Flickr.com