Cologne travel guide

Cologne travel guide

Country: Germany (Deutschland)
City: Cologne (Köln)
Languages: German
Currency: EUR

Interesting facts about Cologne

  • Cologne is one of the largest cities in Germany. It is located on the banks of river Rhine in North Rhine-Westphalia.
  • The Romans founded the city in the 1st century.
  • During the World War II, Cologne was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Germany.
  • It took 6 centuries for the famous Cologne cathedral to be built.
  • The famous perfume “Eau de Cologne – 4711” is produced since 1700. The 4711 is the house number of the factory at Glockengasse during the French occupation in the 19th.
  • Cologne is famous for its local beer, called Kölsch. This is also how the local dialect is named.
  • Cologne is also a city of churches, because of its many Roman churches located within the medieval city walls.

Cologne travel guide

Cologne airport (Köln Bonn Airport)

The Cologne airport is about 15 kilometers from the center of the city. For more information about how to get to the city click here. Helpful maps of the Cologne airport you can find here.

Major train stations

The two major train stations in the city are: Köln-Deutz station and the Cologne Central train station (Köln Hauptbahnhof).

Best time to visit Cologne

Summer is the best time to enjoy the beer gardens. In July the famous gay parade for celebrating Christopher Street Day takes place. Also in July you can enjoy Cologne Lights (Kölner Lichter). It is a stunning firework event – thousands of fireworks light up the skyline of the city in amazing colours.

During the winter Cologne looks like a fairytale with its many Christmas markets scattered around the city. Also the well-known Cologne carnival is held in February.

Posts about Cologne

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2 days in Cologne

The best Cologne food you have to try in the city

The beautiful 12 Romanesque churches of Cologne

6 interesting free things to do in Cologne

Cologne Christmas markets

Why and how to climb the Cologne Cathedral tower

The best museums in Cologne you should visit

The dreadful history of the beautiful Melaten cemetery

The best parks and gardens in Cologne

Where to stay

During my trip to Cologne I stayed in Hotel Domstern. You can see my review of the hotel here.

Day trips from Cologne

If you want to spend a day out of the city, check out my suggestions for days trips from Cologne.

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