Mar 1, 2020 - Mar 2, 2020
2 adults - 1 room
Sitting on the River Rhine, and at one time the largest city in the Roman Empire, Cologne is known as one of Germany's most lively cities. You'll find much of the population enthusiastic about going out and having a great time. If you'd like to fly over and find out what all the fun is about, let Skyscanner help you find your hotel at the cheapest price. The online booking engine can also find the best airfare routings at the cheapest rates. Go for it!
One of the biggest tourist draws is the Kolner Dom. Climb the 553 steps up to the base of the south tower's steeple and you'll get a panoramic view of the city and beyond. This cathedral was the tallest building in Europe until Paris built the Eiffel Tower. Be sure and step inside the main church. You'll be dwarfed by the many-columned arches leading to the altar. Yet for all its size, the delicately laced flying buttresses and well placed stained glass windows make the building seem light and airy.
The Romisch-Germanisches Museum, located near the Rhine, has a collection of Roman artefacts dating back to the first century. Some of the items, including jewellery, oil lamps, and glass fragments were collected from along the riverbanks. This is where you'll find the sizable tomb of Poblicius and a Dionysus mosaic dating back to the third century. Just outside the museum you'll find evidence of Roman settlement including a street with two wells that leads to the harbour and a Roman arch.
Salon Schmitz is the place to go for brew and a meal. Three historic houses were combined to create this brewery/bistro that also has a takeout deli. This is one of the fun places the locals love. Sit outside or relax on a comfy sofa in the revamped retro lounge. If you'd rather sip under the trees, head for the Biergarten Rathenauplatz. Beer is cheap, the salads and spiced hamburger filling and the conversation, well it can get a bit animated at times.
Your gateway to Germany's fourth largest city is the Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN), a 14 kilometre ride from the city centre. Rental car desks are available in baggage claim in the Terminal 2 arrival area. The motorway has a dedicated exit for the airport, A59, which leads you to the city centre. The Cologne-Frankfurt high-speed train also takes you to downtown Cologne. Airport stations are at the Terminal 1 check-in area and in the basement of Terminal 2. A taxi ride into town runs about $45.00 CAD while the Airport Express bus charges about $12.00 CAD. Germany uses the Euro.
Several hotels in Cologne are clustered near the Rhine River. That puts you within easy walking distance of several pubs and restaurants, as well as the popular attractions. In addition to well-known brands such as Marriott and Pullman, you'll find individually owned properties in all price ranges that have much to offer.
I went there driven by the beautiful cathedral (which is impressive, by the way), but was a little bit deceived by the rest of the city.
Great place, make sure you try the local Kölsch beer and eat a Döner sandwich
In my opinion: No. 3 City of Germany (after Berlin and Hamburg) - with more than one Million inhabitants it's the greatest town in the west of Germany. Town was bulid by Romans as Colonia Claudia Ara Aggrippinensium (CCAA) for more than 2000 years ago. That means also that Cologne is one of the oldest Cities in Europe. The Cologne Cathedral is the most visited building in the Country. Even the town is well known for the "fifth season", called Carnival. Often the People of Cologne say: Cologne is Not only a town, it's a feeling. Last but Not least there is a local Speciality called Kölsch, a beer.
One of my favorite cities in Europe - and sorely underrated. Most people pass right through or only come here on business, but if you stop and "smell the roses," you'll find Cologne enchanting and charming.