Strong on the arts with its fair share of hearty German food and beer, Cologne - or Köln in German - was founded by the Romans, another gastronomically savvy group who knew their culture. Straddling the Rhine river, it is the fourth largest city in Germany, and is graced with over thirty museums as well as interesting experiences like a restaurant ... Read more
meant to simulate blindness by plunging the diners into pitch blackness. From the grand cathedral Kolner Dom near the train station to neighborhoods full of independent shops and bars like Agnesviertel, from the winter carnival to the splashy gay pride parade, you’re sure to catch more than a whiff of fun and culture in the home of Eau de Cologne. For a good-value place to stay, check out HOSTEL Köln.

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Cologne things to do and experiences

  • Kölner Dom
    9.1114 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Church
    Popular withHistoryFamilies
  • Hohenzollernbrücke Bridge
    9.023 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Bridge
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  • Kölner Zoo
    9.217 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Zoo or Aquarium
    Popular withFamiliesOutdoorsy
  • Phantasialand
    9.39 reviews
    Outdoors, Entertainment, Theme Park
    Popular withAdventureFamilies




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  • 8.3
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Barcelona, Spain

I went there driven by the beautiful cathedral (which is impressive, by the way), but was a little bit deceived by the rest of the city.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Great place, make sure you try the local Kölsch beer and eat a Döner sandwich

Local from Cologne, Germany

In my opinion: No. 3 City of Germany (after Berlin and Hamburg) - with more than one Million inhabitants it's the greatest town in the west of Germany. Town was bulid by Romans as Colonia Claudia Ara Aggrippinensium (CCAA) for more than 2000 years ago. That means also that Cologne is one of the oldest Cities in Europe. The Cologne Cathedral is the most visited building in the Country. Even the town is well known for the "fifth season", called Carnival. Often the People of Cologne say: Cologne is Not only a town, it's a feeling. Last but Not least there is a local Speciality called Kölsch, a beer.

Recommended for:Luxury TravelersHistory BuffsTrendsters
San Diego, California, USA

One of my favorite cities in Europe - and sorely underrated. Most people pass right through or only come here on business, but if you stop and "smell the roses," you'll find Cologne enchanting and charming.

Recommended for:Backpackers
San Diego, California

Beautiful historical city with one of the largest cathedrals in the world. Saw some amazing chalk drawings on the sidewalks in the city and enjoyed roasted chestnuts from a cart.

Recommended for:Budget TravelersFamily TravelersHistory Buffs
Klang, Malaysia

Cologne has a famous and largest Cathedral in Germany. This place is popular and most tourists from Asia country must visit to see the grand Cathedral. Arts & design lovers like to see the buildings and very pretty indeed.

Recommended for:Family TravelersHistory BuffsArt & Design Lovers

Awesome city filled with very friendly people! Lots of clubs and sightseeing.

Recommended for:BackpackersAdventure TravelersNightlife Lovers
Athens, Greece

Absolutely beautiful. Make sure you read about the history before you get there. It would give you better appreciation.

Sydney, Australia

The city that gave its name to the male species of 'perfume', Cologne has some surprisingly decent and gritty nightlife, and an interesting history as a one-time Roman outpost, but its main draw is the astonishing late Gothic Kolner Dom -- the Cologne Cathedral. Imposing, black, massive and achingly gorgeous, it's more than enough reason to visit the city.

Recommended for:Art & Design LoversHistory Buffs
Vancouver, Canada

We only had an evening in Koln, but it definitely whet our appetite for more. With history stretching to Roman times, there's lots worth exploring other than the Dom.

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