Cologne Tourist Information

Cologne Travel Guide

Known to be one of the world's greatest historical and cultural centres, Germany's oldest city is today a financial hub famous for its restaurants, nightlife, and carnivals. Visitors to Cologne, with its perfect blend of modern and old-world charm, can explore its architecturally outstanding churches and beautiful art museums.

One of the most iconic churches ever built is found in Cologne, Germany. The Dom is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site and is Cologne's most prominent feature. Gothic architecture at its finest, the Dom boasts 56-pillar twin spires which took 600 years to complete. The cathedral dominates the city landscape and has become the city's primary landmark.

Cologne Tourist Attractions

The museum complex found between the Rhine and the Dom is where art lovers should head. Those with a penchant for works by early Dutch and German masters should visit the Wallraf-Richartz Museum. This is the oldest museum in Cologne, and contains artworks painted from the 14th century.

Also located within the complex is the Ludwig Museum, where visitors will find pieces by French, Austrian, and American artists. Other interesting museums include the Römisch-Germanisches Museum, where informative displays offer a comprehensive account of the city's development from Roman times.

The Kölsch district of Cologne is one of Germany's leading gastronomic centres. Here there are numerous outstanding breweries and restaurants offering the best of Cologne's beers and cuisine. When the sun sets, Cologne really comes to life. Nightlife is concentrated in the area around Gross St Martin, which is popular with tourists and businessmen alike. Südstadt or St Severins quarter, is where the locals go to hang out in the city's most stylish bars and cafés.

Travel Around Cologne

The nearest international airport to Cologne is Cologn-Bonn Airport. Situated between Cologne and Bonn, the airport services many direct and indirect flights to American and European cities. From the airport, there are numerous train links to the Hauptbahnhof (central train station) in Cologne. From here, many sights, pubs and hotels are found within walking distance.

Alternatively, there are also buses available. Bus number 170 leaves the airport at 30-minute intervals and arrives at the central train station in Cologne in 20 minutes.

Visitors to Cologne should ensure they take out travel insurance before traveling to the German hub. Although Cologne is considered a safe city, insurance will allow you to enjoy your holiday with peace of mind that in the event of a mishap you won't need to pay any large medical bills.