Cologne is a beautiful city boasting history, culture and distinctive laid-back lifestyle. Located on both sides of river Rhine, it has plenty to offer.
Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city, is very vibrant and multicultural, yet it has a strong European feel to it. And being only a one hour flight from London, it is a perfect city for a weekend away.
Here’s our mini travel guide to Cologne..
The magnificent Kölner Dom
Best starting point for any visitor would be Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) – the most visited landmark in Germany. This amazing church was built over the course of 600 years (1248-1880) and is one of the best examples of Gothic architecture. At almost 160 metres high it once was the tallest building on the planet – now the Dom is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. If you are feeling energetic, climb the 500+ steps to the top of the tower passing by the powerful, 24-tonne church bell, called ‘Dicker Pitter’ (Peter Bell) which is the largest free-swinging working bell in the world. Once you made it to the top of the South Tower, the amazing view of the city and beyond will take your breath away.
Take a boat trip on the Rhine
On a clear day, there is nothing better than a relaxing boat trip on the Rhine! Enjoy amazing views of castles, vineyard landscapes and Cologne city centre. KD Rhine runs most of the trips, however there are a range of different companies too.
Feel the love at Padlock bridge
Hohenzollern Bridge, dubbed ‘Padlock Bridge’ is one of Cologne’s most unusual attractions. As you get closer you’ll notice a wall of colour – padlocks in every shape and size. Lovers literally lock in their love by attaching engraved padlocks on the Hohenzollern Bridge as a sign of commitment and then throw away the key into the river Rhine. Now, more than 40,000 padlocks locked on the iron bridge.You will definitely feel the love in here!
Stroll around Rudolfplatz
If you happen to be in Cologne on Sunday, there is nothing better than a long, lazy brunch somewhere in the Old town. Many of the shops will be shut and town will be rather quiet – which is a good opportunity to just relax, and enjoy the atmosphere and seize the day.
Grab a beer
Visit the Chocolate Museum
Have you ever wondered how your favourite chocolate bar is made? Here, in the Chocolate Museum you can find answers to that and many other questions about this delicious pleasure, also enjoy a few samples from a chocolate fountain.