Art galleries, museums, riverside beer-gardens, tasty cuisine, lively nightlife, chocolate and perfume - Cologne holidays have a lot to offer. Sitting alongside the River Rhine, the city of Cologne is packed with things to see and do, making it an ideal destination for a city break. Culture fans will delight in visiting Cologne Museum of Applied Art, the German Sport & Olympic Museum and historic EL-DE Haus, once the HQ of the Gestapo. Not missing Cologne Cathedral, Glockengrasse 4711 House (home of the famous eau-de-cologne), the Botanical Gardens, the Old Market and Iron Market Square, along the way. Hohe Strasse, Friesenstrasse, Schildergasse and Neumarkt Passage are a haven for shoppers in search of a bargain or designer labels. While family fun is guaranteed at Phantasialand and Cologne Zoo & Aquarium. Taste the German sausage and traditional ales at Fruh am Dom and explore the world of chocolate at the Chocolate Museum. Cologne has a full calendar of events including the popular Cologne Carnival in February. Winter is a wonderful time to visit the city when Cologne Christmas Markets get you in the festive mood. All of this is just a two hour flight away from the UK, making holidays to Cologne perfect for short breaks and long weekends.
You'll be spoilt for choice of things to see and do during a holiday in Cologne. Enjoy a boat trip up the River Rhine, taking in the castles and vineyard landscapes. Hiring a bike is the best way to tour the city. A 40-minute drive will take you into the Mosel wine region. Take a ride on the cable car across the river and explore the town of Deutz. Rent a boat and pedal out into the lake at Volksgarten park. Climb the 500+ steps to the top of the Dom Church for stunning views of the city. Catch sight of an Andy Warhol painting at the Ludwig Museum.
Nightlife is where the Cologne really comes into its own. From lively beer gardens and outdoor bars to trendy cocktail bars and nightclubs, there's something for everyone in Cologne after dark. Alter Mark (Old Marketplace) is lined with pubs and cafes and the Altstat district is the place for lively beer halls.
Cologne's streets and river are lined with tasty restaurants, beer gardens and bars. Regional specialities include blutwurst (black pudding), reibekuchen (potato fritter) and mussels. From fast food to international dishes to fine dining, you?ll discover something to tickle your taste buds in Cologne. German wines and beers of course make the perfect accompaniment to any meal.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.
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