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It seems like everyone falls in love with Cologne, and it’s not because they’ve had too many glasses of Kölsch. Cologne is easy to love indeed, with attractions that include a city beach on the Rhine River; a (in)famous annual Carnival; an enticing chocolate museum; and magnificent art and architecture, culminating with Cologne Cathedral.

For edible pleasures, Cologne restaurants are the perfect places to find artfully prepared German food; don’t miss some of the city’s best brews and brats at the Brauhaus Früh.

Being a large German city, Cologne has plenty of top-notch accommodations, from hostels to luxury hotels, for everyone. For a bit of luxury near lively Heumarkt, check into the Excelsior Hotel Ernst or the ... Read More
It seems like everyone falls in love with Cologne, and it’s not because they’ve had too many glasses of Kölsch. Cologne is easy to love indeed, with attractions that include a city beach on the Rhine River; a (in)famous annual Carnival; an enticing chocolate museum; and magnificent art and architecture, culminating with Cologne Cathedral.

For edible pleasures, Cologne restaurants are the perfect places to find artfully prepared German food; don’t miss some of the city’s best brews and brats at the Brauhaus Früh.

Being a large German city, Cologne has plenty of top-notch accommodations, from hostels to luxury hotels, for everyone. For a bit of luxury near lively Heumarkt, check into the Excelsior Hotel Ernst or the Hyatt Regency Cologne.

Now browse our members’ Cologne photos to experience love at first sight—after that, all you’ll need to do to take the relationship to the next level is find a flight.    Close

Stories and Tips Cologne

Cologne or Köln

Written by Wasatch on 11 Oct, 2007

Köln, Germany’s third largest city isn’t very interesting to the tourist. It’s one grand sight, the largest Gothic cathedral in the world, and a couple museums, this is about it. The problem is that it was heavily bombed in WWII, and…Read More


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Things to do in Cologne

Written by Joy S on 28 Aug, 2007

Cologne is a great city for just wandering and exploring as the fancy takes you. There are bars, restaurants, cafés and ice-cream parlours virtually everywhere, so there is always a nice place to stop when you need rest and refreshment.Hohe Strasse is a pedestrianised shopping…Read More


Kolsch

Written by camera-gal on 11 Sep, 2000

Whether it's Dom or Fruh, it's all Kolsch. Cologne is just one beer center out of several in Germany. And it's famous for it's light, golden beer--Ko:lsch. Kolsch beer is made exclusively in Cologne and most who live here have a fondness for it. Ask…Read More


Romance capital of the Rhine

Written by irac on 15 Oct, 2004

I hadn't been properly back to Cologne since 1999, and then it was as a boxer and I was with friends. I'd been previously as a teen, but only now, in 2004, could I truly appreciate how wonderful a city it is. …Read More


Riesling

Written by camera-gal on 04 Oct, 2000

It's one of my favorite wines. It can be compared to no other. Riesling is clear, clean and fresh. I think you'll soon discover the finer qualities Riesling offers when it comes to other wines. The wine isn't exclusive to Germany or the…Read More


Cheers in Cologne

Written by Eve Carr on 28 Jan, 2002

Beer has been produced in Germany for centuries, and one of the pleasures of visiting this country is to taste the various regional specialty beers. With just a few basic ingredients: hops, barley malt, yeast and water, German master brewers turn what was a…Read More


Indoors or Out, Cologne Offers Variety

Written by Eve Carr on 27 Jan, 2002

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…Read More


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Day trip to Koblenz

Written by Globe on 25 Aug, 2002

A good day trip from Cologne can be to travel south to Koblenz. This trip offers beautiful scenery along the Rhine River. Once you arrive in the town, head for the Deutsches Eck, or German Corner. This is where the Rhine and…Read More


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Blumen-Maimarkt

Written by missj1981 on 26 Jun, 2012

The flower market is located right on the Neumarkt. Meaning it is very easy to get here. By car it is more difficult because then you would have to park in the parking garages in town and that's usually full. The public transport connection is…Read More


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narrow valley the Ruhr

Written by Zhebiton on 11 Feb, 2011

From Cologne we went to Monschau, a small German town near the Belgian border. Monschau is located among the low mountains of the Eifel, which are a continuation of the Belgian Ardennes, in the Ruhr Valley. This wonderfully picturesque town attracts mainly the numerous half-timbered…Read More


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