Enjoy Cologne—Indoors and Out
When you come to Cologne, bring your Rollerblades™, scooter, bike, skateboard, wheelchair—or just your feet—and be prepared to enjoy the outdoors. When the weather’s good (and sometimes even when it isn’t), the locals pack up the kids and the dog and head for Cologne’s many parks, walkways, and its numerous outdoor cafes.
Founded by the Romans, Cologne claims to be the oldest city in Germany. But, even though it is old, it is an incredibly youthful city. Viewing itself as a working city, Cologne offers visitors a relaxed charm and style that is informal and relaxing and one of the best places to enjoy yourself. Walk around the square just outside of the Cathedral, and you’ll find crowds gathered to watch the performances of everything from entertainers juggling fire batons to local musicians using their skills to put themselves through college.
But while Cologne is hip and stylish, it also has a wealth of museums with masterpieces to marvel over. In its new quarters near the city hall, the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, famous for its rich collection of ecclesiastical art, features classic paintings miracuously preserved from the medieval period, as well as numerous special exhibitions.
Come to Cologne from late November through December, and you’ll be able to step into the magical fairy-tale world of Cologne’s Old World Christmas Markets. From marzipan to nutcrackers, Cologne’s Christmas markets (there are four of them) will put you in the spirit to enjoy the season.
Of course, no visit to Cologne is complete without touring its famous Koln Cathedral, which dominates with city, and offers visitors an awe-inspiring experience--whether it is to admire the architecture, or experience the religious atmosphere.