As the fourth-largest city in Germany, Cologne was established approximately two thousand years ago, and is subsequently equipped with a clutch of world-class museums, as well as one of the oldest universities in Europe.

A restoration programme to rebuild the city after extensive bombing in WWII has sensitively restored the city to its former glory. Probably the most significant sight in the city is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Cologne Cathedral. One of the largest Gothic churches in Europe, work began on this vast structure in the 13th Century. Finally completed in 1880, the 145 metre-long building offers unrivalled views of the city centre from its 98 metre-high viewing deck.


What you’ll love most about Cologne

  • Stand in awe before the magnificent Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of Germany’s most iconic landmarks, where soaring spires and intricate Gothic architecture inspire wonder and admiration
  • Wander along the banks of the Rhine River, where picturesque promenades offer panoramic views of Cologne’s skyline and bustling waterfront, inviting leisurely walks and romantic boat cruises beneath the city’s historic bridges
  • Explore the charming streets of Cologne’s Old Town (Altstadt), a maze of narrow alleys and historic squares lined with colorful houses, cosy beer gardens, and traditional breweries, where centuries of history and culture await your discovery
  • Discover the city’s artistic treasures at the Museum Ludwig, home to one of the world’s finest collections of modern art, including works by Picasso, Warhol, and Lichtenstein, offering insight into the evolution of contemporary art and culture
  • Immerse yourself in Cologne’s vibrant cultural scene, with a visit to the Cologne Opera House or a performance at the Philharmonie, where world-class musicians and performers showcase their talents in venues that rival those of Europe’s cultural capitals
  • Indulge in the flavours of Cologne’s culinary scene, from hearty Rhineland specialties like sauerbraten and kölsch beer to international cuisine and gourmet delicacies, as you dine in cosy taverns, Michelin-starred restaurants, and trendy cafes that reflect the city’s cosmopolitan flair

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  • Aerial view of Cologne in Germany

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Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

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