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 Heidelberg. Hire a bike or take a hike in the Odenwald Forest or out to the impressive Roman Limes. Enjoy a relaxing boat trip along
the Neckar River. Take to the skies in a helicopter for the best views. Get close to the animals and birds at Heidelberg Zoo. Gardeners will enjoy a visit to the Botanischer
Gardens. The Sealife Centre and Marchenparadises attraction are popular choice with families.
Heidelberg really comes to life after dark with a place to suit your every mood. From rustic student pubs to nightclubs, jazz clubs and music clubs, the choice is yours. Untere Strasse (or Pub Mile) runs parallel to Hauptstrasse and is a lively place to head for each evening, especially the summer months.
Heidelberg streets are lined with cafes, coffee bars and restaurants. Dining in the local German restaurants is a laid-back affair but the food is tasty. You can also dine your way around the world with French, Indian, Thai, Chinese and Lebanese cuisine available. Local German wines and beers make the perfect accompaniment to your 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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