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City Guide Cologne, Germany

Visiting Cologne

The Gothic Dom Cathedral towers over Cologne, a city found in the west of Germany along the banks of the River Rhine. Home to around a million people, Cologne boasts a large number of top attractions, from modern art galleries to a chocolate museum.

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Cologne City Reviews

  • 90%

    Juan_Ortigosa

    Awesome city

    There are bus and metro services, the city centre is huge and you can find different atmospheres. The views from the bridges and cathedral tower are amazing. You can get local food for a reasonable price. I found an excellent free tour very interesting (in English), you can walk for hours and hours, there are parks at both sides of the river. The "crane buildings" area is nice. Plenty of shopping areas for buying anything and museums to go. You'll find interesting architecture.

    Insider Tip:Go to both sides of the river. For partying go to AlterMarkt and along Hohenzollernring. Cheap local food, beer and restaurants by the other side of the river, opposite the old city centre, between Hohenzollernbrücke and Deutzer Brücke, good sights from there as well.

  • 70%

    Anonymous

    A top city to visit in Germany

    The Cathedral itself is enough reason to make a stop in the city. I walked around and looked at the other stuff and it was alright. As a traveler nothing is outstandingly spectacular, but if you don't get to travel then the sites should all be pretty cool. Have a few glasses of the local Kolsch bier. If you are a traveler this city looks like it has a pretty good nightlife, I didn't get to go out in it, but I'm positive it does. There's a lot of diversity and it's pretty busy. 2 days is fine.

  • 80%

    mirromacatangay9795

    Oh, Cologne

    Cologne is such a great city to walk to with its magnificent churches, clean parks and breathtaking sights!

    Insider Tip:none

  • 80%

    Anonymous

    Can't wait to comeback to Cologne!

    Wow, what a place! Awesome rooms, friendly staff, huge kitchen, and a big patio space to hang out at. Only 2-3 blocks from Cologne HBF and the Cologne Cathedral. Excellent place to meet new people, chill, and rent bicycles to cruise around town. Highly recommend for the traveler on a budget. Cheers!

    Insider Tip:Rent a bicycle for 2-3 days, grab some beers, and go for a cruise down the Rhine River pathways. Plenty of park space to relax, and cool vendors to pick up snacks/drinks.

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    Anonymous

    Cologne, Germany

    As far as cities go, Cologne is a pretty good one. There's a lot of atmosphere down by the water with nice restaurants and a couple of museums. It was busy without being over crowded, even around the major attractions. I visited the Nazi museum housed in the old Gestapo headquarters and I could not recommend it enough for anyone with an interest in the period of history. I suggest definitely taking a walk over the bridge that leads to/from the main train station to see the thousands of locks.

    Insider Tip:Take an approx. 2 hour train to Cochem and hire a bike to ride to Eltz Castle. A beautiful ride along a river and hills covered in vines, it is about 20km each way but completely flat and relaxing. It is then a 2.5km walk through lovely forest to reach the amazing castle. Cochem also had a lovely castle, Reichsburg Castle. It was a fantastic day, and I cannot recommend it enough for anyone with an interest in the outdoors and castles.

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