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City trip to Cologne, Discover the cathedral city on the Rhine

Cologne is the most populous city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia . Over a million people live in the metropolis on the Rhine. This makes Cologne the fourth largest city in the country , after Berlin , Hamburg and Munich . Cologne's landmark is the cathedral , which can be seen from afar and towers into the sky. The entire urban area covers an area of ​​more than 400 square kilometers. 

Arrival to Cologne 
Many roads lead to Cologne. For example, you travel by plane . can Cologne/Bonn Airport be reached from many major German cities. The S-Bahn takes you directly to the city. It is also possible to arrive via the motorway – by coach or private car . Cologne is very well connected to the road network and is located directly on the large A1 and A3 motorways . If you want to travel by train, you can use the comfortable direct connections of the ICE from Frankfurt or Hamburg, for example . 
How long should you stay in Cologne? 
for your stay If Cologne is the destination of your city trip, you should definitely plan a weekend . If you feel like day trips to the surrounding area, you can add another day or two . Cologne is only conditionally recommended as a destination for a day trip, as the city offers many sights and attractions that take a little more time. 

Best travel time for your city trip to Cologne 
Cologne exerts a great attraction on its visitors all year round. In the Bay of Cologne, people are happy about an early spring, which brings warm temperatures of over twenty degrees from March onwards. In the summer months from June to August, maximum temperatures of over thirty degrees are sometimes reached. In December, January and February, temperatures even drop below freezing. 

Carnival in Cologne 
Regardless of the weather conditions, Cologne offers great leisure activities: You can season on November 11th and in February take part in the colorful celebrations of the carnival . " the streets are In this " fifth season filled with dressed up revelers and upbeat music blares from the pubs and clubs. For the party holiday you choose these dates, for the culture trip you choose the time between March and October . 
What do you absolutely have to do in Cologne? 
Cologne has a lot to offer: culture, shopping and partying. 

Shopping in Cologne 
Cologne is considered a true shopping paradise . The Schildergasse - the shopping street in the city - is known throughout Germany. Around 10,000 people pass by here every hour. You will find the stores of large fashion chains as well as shops for decorative items or perfumes. 
in Cologne-Ehrenfeld There is also a lot to discover is one of the . Venloer Strasse largest streets in this area and offers a variety of supermarkets and drugstores. It gets really exciting in the side streets : Small boutiques and creative shops present a great range. can also Second-hand bargains be found in the quaint shops. 

Our pirate tip : In Stammstrasse 13 at Hennes' Finest, everything revolves around pepper. You can try unusual varieties and real pepper beer here. 

Eating and drinking in Cologne 
Typical Cologne food is available at Haus Scholzen in Ehrenfeld . If you want to sip a coffee comfortably and can do without the trendy frills, you should visit the Café Wahlen on the Hohenstaufenring . Treat yourself to a hearty snack at Beef Brothers on Aachener Straße . 

Nightlife in Cologne 
on Aachener Straße You also start your party evening . In the Salon Schmitz there is a very special Kölsch in a coffee house ambience . In the summertime, move on to Brussels Square and get drinks from one of the stalls. Dancing takes place in the King Georg on Ebertplatz . 
Other trendy clubs in the Rhine metropolis are among others 
the boathouse at Mühlheimer Hafen (mainly electric) 
the Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld (mostly alternative and world music) as well 
the Tsunami Club with its indie and punk offering. 
the boathouse at Mühlheimer Hafen (mainly electric) 
the Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld (mostly alternative and world music) as well 
the Tsunami Club with its indie and punk offering. 
Those who like it a little more exclusive will find chic clubs along the Cologne Ring . 

Excursions in Cologne 
If you have enough time, you can go on a hiking trip in the nearby Eifel . A detour to the fashion city of Düsseldorf is also recommended. 

Museums in Cologne 
Culture lovers like to visit the Museum Ludwig right at the train station with its changing exhibitions. Those with a sweet tooth will get their money's worth in the chocolate museum on the Rhine. 
Tips for a city trip to Cologne 
No city trip to Cologne without taking the 533 steps up the Cologne Cathedral . If you a short holiday spend with a wonderful all-round view of Cologne and the surrounding area in the Rhine metropolis, you dare the exciting climb up the narrow stone stairs of the Gothic building to be rewarded . Entry costs four euros. When you get back down, you marvel at the hustle and bustle on the Domplatte . Here small artists and skaters show their skills. 

Whether newly in love or not - from the cathedral you cross the Rhine over the Hohenzollern Bridge to admire the countless ornate love locks that are attached to the bridge. Because the tradition of lovers wants it like this: the lock is attached to the bridge lattice and then the key is lowered into the Rhine - as a sign of eternal love. 

Do you want to save yourself the somewhat arduous ascent to the cathedral, but still enjoy a great view? Then the KölnTriangle is the right address. This is on the other side of the Rhine and is over 100 meters high - only that you can use an elevator to get to the top. And for great photos of the cathedral , this spot is also very well suited. 

These are the sights in Cologne 
The cathedral is of course the most famous sight in the city. Here you can also marvel at another attraction: the shrine of the Three Kings behind the high altar. 
In the old town stands the Basilica of St. Maria im Kapitol , the largest Romanesque church in Cologne with a width of 40 meters and a length of around 100 meters. 
The Cologne Germany city forest is located in the west of the city. The green local recreation area with a wide range of leisure activities extends over 200 hectares. 
The impressive sights and the wide range of parties will make your city trip to Cologne an unforgettable short break. Experience the diversity of the cathedral city on a trip to Cologne.




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