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Good network of trams, buses, U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains which operate through the whole city at reasonable rates.
15min train journey to Cologne's main central station.
4hrs 30 mins
All the big department stores and designer shops can be found on Hohe Strasse and Schildergasse. A variety of stylish boutiques are located on Ehrenstrasse and Breite Strasse, while Mittelstrasse and Pfeilstrasse are popular for their exclusive designer outlets. Cologne is also emerging as the capital of contemporary art in Germany, and lately the city seems to be brimming with galleries.
One of the world's most famous perfumes has its home in Cologne - 4711 Original Eau de Cologne. Visit the original store and museum at Glockengasse or take part in on of their fragrance workshops.
The most popular shopping street of the city with many fashion and shoe shops.
For more exclusive shops head to Neumarkt Passage at Neumarkt Square.
Apostelnstrasse is a small, yet elegant shopping street in the heart of Cologne.
One of Germany's leading clothing retailer situated in a very uniquely designed building.
This Cologne favourite by the Dom is a great choice to get a taste of traditional German dining. Enjoy a local brew and dine on hearty Rhineland meals of meats and vegetables. Locals say every visitor to the city must eat at least one meal here to get a flavour of the city.
This restaurant is located in Cologne's city centre with a beautiful wooden interior and a leafy open-air terrace serving excellent Rhine and Moselle wines as well as tasty regional cuisine.
A very popular restaurant with locals and tourists alike in the heart of Cologne. The Sunday brunch will fill you up until supper.
The Cathedral is not only the centre and heart of Cologne it is also the number one attraction in Germany with more then six million visitors per year. The gothic Cathedral with its 157m high towers was after it was finally finished in 1880 the highest building in the world. By now it is still the third highest Cathedral in the world and it has enough space for 4,000 visitors. Every day you can visit five services and every weekend several thousands people come together to celebrate worship together. You can climb the 533 steps to the top of the spire for a closer look of the handcrafted stone work on the exterior, as well as a panoramic view of the city. On your way up to the top you will pass the bell tower with the "Dicke Pitter" the heaviest freerunning bell in the world.
The many colourful houses and narrow cobbled streets of Cologne's charming Old Town as well as the countless restaurants, bars and shops make this part of the city one of the most popular places to spend some time.
If the weather is kind you should also try the cologne cable car which runs from Cologne Zoo, across the river Rhine, to the Rheinpark. During the ride you have a beautiful view over the river towards the Cathedral.
The newly designed "Rheinauhafen" is not only for lovers of architecture a great excursion destination. The three 60m high crane-houses form the impressive heart of this district. The Rheinauhafen also features a mix of modern residential and office buildings interspersed with many cafés, restaurants, and galleries.
Stroll along the Rhine and have a Kölsch (local beer) in one of the typical breweries along the way.
This impressive building reveals Cologne's avid love for music. Located in the city centre, it is well worth a visit to take in the atmosphere and beauty of this magnificent concert hall.
This stunning museum is the home of one of the world's largest collections of the works of Pablo Picasso. The museum is also home to a great collection of modern art from Dalí to Warhol. The American Pop Art collection rivals the Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Besides Cologne Cathedral you can also visit the twelve Romanesque Churches which were built around 900 AC. The churches Groß St. Martin, St. Maria in Lyskirchen, Maria im Kapitol and St. Andreas are within easy reach from the city centre.
Along the Hohenzollernbrücke (Hohenzollern bridge) you will find more than 40.000 colourful padlocks, which were brought there by happy couples, families and friends. The locks, which are marked with their names, are attached to the bridge and the key is thrown into the river to proof eternal love.
The most popular museum in Cologne is the Chocolate Museum which shows its visitors the history and production of chocolate. You can watch how they produce their own chocolate. Satisfy your sweet tooth discovering 3000 years of chocolate history. The finale is a 10ft high chocolate fountain.
This is the Old Town which features picturesque houses, narrow cobbled streets and the famous Fish Market.
The museum was built over the famous Dionysos-mosaic and it gives a lively picture of the life of the Romans and Teutons in this area.
This museum houses a broad range of art from medieval times until the early twenties incl. paintings of Rembrandt and Rubens. Furthermore, it shows a big collection of impressionistic and neo-impressionistic paintings.
The gallery that launched Cologne as a centre for art.
An excellent gallery for both modern and experimental art which sells contemporary European, particularly German, painters.
As one of Germany's main cultural centres, Cologne has a variety of fine arts and nightlife options. With more than 70 clubs, most of them open into the early hours, countless bars, restaurant and breweries, there is something for everyone. No other German city has as many pubs per head.
The main nightlife areas are the Old Town, the Friesen Quarter around Friesenplatz, the fashionable Belgian Quarter, Südstadt district around Alteburger Strasse and the multicultural up-and-coming district of Ehrenfeld.
Klimperkasten: An intimate jazz and piano bar with live music every night.
Papa Joe's Jazzloka: The most popular day for this jazz club is Sunday with live music starting at 4pm.
Päffgen Bräuhaus: A 110-year-old bar, which serves the famous regional beer along with hearty regional cuisine.