Cologne is the fourth largest metropolitan city in Germany after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich and was founded in 1AD. The city is famous for the incredible Cathedral, locally is called Koln Dom. Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River and snuggled in the western peripheries of Germany.
In this article, we aim to share a complete guide to visiting Cologne Germany. We hope to share tips on where to stay, how to navigate the city and things
Travelling to and around Cologne Germany
When I was planning my trip to Cologne Germany, I knew I had many options available to me from the UK. I could go by plane, train, bus and boat but since it was a short getaway I chose to fly.
Plane – from around the UK there are several flights heading to Cologne. From London Stansted, the flight is an hour and a half and you can find affordable flights with Ryanair.
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Train – using Eurostar you can travel from London to Brussels then travel to Cologne. I love the Eurostar but so far only used it to venture to Brussels and France. This is a great alternative if you do not like flying but bare in mind it can take up to 6 hours.
Cruise – because of the Rhine river it is possible to travel to Cologne via boat or cruise ship. I was able to board the local boats for a mini-tour of the city edges along the Rhine.
When it comes to travelling within the city, trams and trains run every minute. From the airport, you can grab various trains which reach the city within 30 minutes and cost €2.90 per 90-minute journey. As for taxis whilst available they can cost a pretty penny too, best to use public transport.
Whereto Stay in Cologne Germany
Like many large cities, there is a multitude of places where one can stay. Initially, I had chosen the Hilton Hotel as I love staying in their hotels. But because I wanted to make friends I decided to stay in a hostel. Pathpoint is a backpackers hostel in Cologne, very affordable and minutes
The pathpoint hostel offers the backpacker a very comfortable bed and breakfast for an extra fee. The breakfast is simple but definitely cost effective compared to buying from local bakeries. The hostel offers private homes
Top Things To Do in Cologne Germany
Cologne is a major cultural hub in the Rhineland with the trade fair being one of the most popular in Europe. It has over 30 museums and even more galleries across the city. In this city guide, we aim to share with you some of the places you should visit. I don’t believe you need to visit all the places especially if it’s your first time. Here are the top things to do in Cologne.
Köln Dom – Cologne Cathedral
Köln Dom or Cologne Cathedral is right in the middle of the city, it took over 600 years to build. Almost all visitors to the city come to see this incredible gothic style cathedral. It was built in 1528 and it the fourth largest Kolner dom in the world standing at a highest of 157 metres high.
Museum Ludwig is a museum of modern art and holds the largest collection of Picasso paintings. The museum is located just behind the Cathedral and not too far from the River Rhine. It is also home to the Cologne Philharmonic but it has a flaw in its design. If people are walking above the building near
Fischmarkt – Cologne’s Old Town
Cologne’s old town was one of my favourite places, I was able to wander the narrow cobbled streets of the old town. There is so much to do in the old town, the Rhine river is close by offering an incredible view. The beautiful coloured
Hohenzollern Bridge – The Love Lock Bridge
I first fell in love with love lock bridges when I was in Lithuania. There is just something about them that gives me so much hope and love. The Hohenzollern bridge is right next to the Cathedral offering such an incredible view.
Schokoladenmuseum – Chocolate Museum
Who loves chocolate? I know I do, I couldn’t wait to visit the museum and try the chocolate. Everyone loves Lindt and it doesn’t disappoint, I bought quite a lot. The museum has 15 stations and 15 exhibitions which highlight the history of chocolate. I loved nibbling at the chocolates offered
St. Martin’s Church
One of the most beautiful sites in the old town is the Great Saint Martin’s Church. Located near the banks of river Rhine in the old the church is open to the public. Most of Cologne was destroyed during the fire in 1150 so the church was rebuilt.
The Belgian Quarter
One of the most popular and hip places in Cologne where one can indulge in some shopping. I absolutely loved walking around this area, did some people watch and eat some food.
Take a Cruise on the Rhine River
One of this more impressive and relaxing thing to do in Cologne is taking a boat cruise. For the last few months, I have made it a point to take a boat cruise in all the places I visit.
I managed to book a lovely boat tour cruise for €8 and it took an hour. The weather was perfect so I sat on the top deck and enjoyed the view. If you’re ever looking for an incredible city break in Europe, consider Cologne.