Cologne Travel Information
This bustling German city which on the banks of the River Rhine is renowned for its
Gothic Cathedral, it dominates the skyline.
Very much a modern city, Cologne boasts remnants of its historic Roman
origins and a quaint 14th century Old Town with cobbled streets, shops and
Cologne has a rich and colourful history, good variety of museums, art
galleries and fantastic shops, the city is a rewarding choice.
a quote on a city break to Cologne.
Cologne Travel and Flight
As one of the most important and historic cities in Germany. A
totally modern city, it nevertheless has a relaxing atmosphere and at
its heart is the “Altstadt” or Old Town and the magnificent Dom
cathedral, which remarkably survived World War II unscathed.
The central area, bounded by the inner ring road, lies on the west bank
of the River Rhine and is just 2km (1.25mls) from east to west and 3km
(2 mls) from north to south. The metropolitan area sprawls to
accommodate a population of over 1 million.
Aside from the business
people attending the world-famous trade fairs, visitors go to Cologne to
sample the medieval and Roman sights, the "Karneval" (its version of
Mardi Gras) in February, Christmas markets and of course, Kölsch, the
the River Rhine, and surrounded by undulating countryside and farmland.
24km (15 mls) north of Bonn. 72km (45 mls) east of the border with
Belgium and Holland. 19km (12 mls) north west of Cologne Bonn
Where to Stay
Mainly for the business
visitors, with a proliferation of properties in the middle to upper range.
The majority provide facilities for this clientele, ranging from basic
fax to fully blown mini offices.
What to do
Daytime: the famous twin-spired cathedral, including the climb up 536
steps of the southern spire for a cityscape panorama; museums include
the Roman-Germanic Museum (home of the finest mosaic in Europe), the
Museum Ludwig (fine collection of paintings from medieval to modern) and
a chocolate museum; the old town (Altstadt); 12 Romanesque churches;
Telecom tower viewing platform; Media Park; river trips; cable-car ride
over the river; zoo and aquarium; ice rink.
bars and beer halls on the central area known as the Ring and streets
between Friesenplatz and Rudolfplatz; classical concerts at Philharmonia
Hall; opera at the Opera House; theatre; many cinemas.
areas: the old town, with its own distinctive bars and restaurants (and
a few tourist traps); Quartier Lateng near the university, where you can
mingle with genuine Cologners; the Sudstadt with its many trendy bars
and cafes, all packed to capacity; and the Belgisches Viertel, along the
inner ring road.
Visit the Gothic Cathedral and the host of Romanesque churches. There
are many museums, including Roman-Germanic treasures, old and modern art
The Gothic Cathedral, Cologne
Take a river cruise or cross the Rhine by cable car for views of the Old
Town. Shop in the Hohe Strasse and Schildergasse 1000-2000 or browse for
gifts at the 4 Christmas markets.
Given the number of
international visitors goinh to the trade fairs, it is not surprising
that there is a large variety of menus to choose from, with dishes from
all over the globe; the old town and inner ring-road areas offer
abundant variety in both cuisine and budget. Local specialities include
smoked black sausage, frankfurter-type sausage with rye bun and ham
knuckle with pickled onion. Cologne is famous for its Kolsch beer, which
can be produced only in local breweries.
area for shopping are Schildergasse and Hohe Strasse; a large
pedestrian precinct in the centre has a wide range of everyday shops,
from boutiques to large department stores, offering good quality
merchandise. The home of 4711 Eau de Cologne on Glockengasse still sells
the brand among other perfumes. Open-air markets in the Altstadt (based
in the old
town area) include a weekly Friday flea market (plus one every third
Saturday) and special flower markets. Numerous Christmas markets in December.
Half day tour: river trips to Dusseldorf
or the Rhine gorge; nature reserves at Dunnwald, Bruck and Porz.
day tour: castles and villages of the Rhine gorge, including Koblenz,
Assmannshausen and Rudesheim.
Cologne has an efficient underground system and network of trams
covering the city centre.
Comprehensive network of urban buses, trams and underground train
system; a Welcome Card pass is good value, covering all public transport
24 hours a day and discounts of up to 50% on over 100 services and
facilities. Lots of taxis and an extensive tram network. Both domestic
and international services use the nearby airport. Ferry services are
available on the
Who is it for?
Main trade is middle to
upmarket business people attending numerous trade fairs during the
autumn and winter. In summer it is often taken over by tour groups and
independent travellers, many on multicentre package coach tours or
making use of rail cards.
Various flights from the UK to Cologne airport are
available at discount rates. You can also book hotels and city breaks to Cologne
at Hessle Travel.
Watch the world go by in the Rhine Gardens. A range of nightlife is on
offer from lively cafe bars to the renowned Philharmonic. Cologne boasts
over 3000 pubs and restaurants; don't forget to try a glass of the local
Try the local Beer
Daily average temperatures (Approx) 'C
JAN 5 FEB 6 MAR 9 APR
13 MAY 17 JUN
20 JUL 22 AUG 22 SEP 19 OCT
14 NOV 9
Cologne by Hessle Travel
> Often unfairly regarded as just the strategic capital of
Germany's industrial Ruhr, Cologne boasts a history which goes back to
the time of its foundation by the Romans
> The huge Gothic cathedral dominates the city skyline and the
lively, medieval 'Altstadt' borders the Rhine
> Cologne's museums offer displays of Old Masters through to
Expressionist and Avant-Garde and for some 'sweet' relief why not try
the chocolate museum
Visit the chocolate museum
> JTry tasty stews, pan fried meats and vegetables and schnitzels,
washed down with crisp, clean tasting Koelsch beer or fruity Rhine wines
Book yourself a flight or city break to Cologne with Hessle Travel.