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About Cologne

A thriving metropolis with world-class art galleries, fabulous shopping, cosy Christmas Markets, a fun-loving population, good beer and a vibrant alternative scene - Cologne is a surprisingly well-kept travel secret.

Things to see and do

  • Spend time wandering around the awe-inspiring Gothic masterpiece - the Dom (Cathedral).
  • Spend time browsing the quirky boutiques for that special gift or trendy piece of clothing.
  • Admire the stunning views over the Rhine and the old town skyline from the Kolner Seibhan (cable car).
  • Visit the Philharmonic Hall and listen to one of the daily performances, from modern classical to jazz, folk and pop music.
  • Visit the Chocolate Museum, learn all about your favourite food - and eat it!
  • Pamper yourself in the natural thermal waters of Claudius Therme with its numerous pools, saunas and steam baths.

Cologne Blog posts

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17th August 2020 by Charlie, Distracted

36 Hours in Cologne, Germany

I’ll be honest, Cologne and I almost had a big falling out right at the beginning of our relationship. My first solo travel destination on my Germany rail trip after having spent time in Frankfurt and Heidelberg with a friend, I arrived with the classic giant backpack and unwashed hair look so often associated with tourists and headed for the subway. What then followed was 45 minutes of sweaty, confused and infuriating travel as I somehow kept getting on trains going in the wrong direction....


3rd May 2020 by Charlie, Distracted

A solo traveller’s guide to visiting Christmas Markets in Germany

It’s that time of year where a whole heap of us are tempted by cheap flights and the need to use up the last of our annual leave and head to central Europe for a festive fix. I LOVE Christmas and all the mulled-flavoured, pine-scented, sparkly-decorated joy it brings, and nowhere does that better than a Christmas Market in Germany. Replicated in countries all over the world, the originals obviously do it best, and having visited my first one in Frankfurt in 2015, I’ve been itching to go...


27th May 2019 by Charlie, Distracted

Exploring the Street Art of Ehrenfeld, Cologne

In between a city centre and its nearest day trip neighbour, there’s the districts and boroughs of real people. We pass through on trains as we go from one obvious recommendation to another, or as we get a cab from the airport, but we don’t stop to look around. It feels intrusive to walk the streets families go about their every day business; washing out to dry in their front yards, kids curious at who this stranger with a camera is (and rightly so!)....


8th February 2021 by Stuart

Booking a Christmas market trip

It's Chriiiiiiiiiiistmmaaaaaaaaasss!! Well, no actually, it isn't. But if you could see my inbox - full up with countless snowy and festive wintery travel deals - you'd definitely think it was close. September is clearly the month for change: hazy sunshiney memories begin to take a backseat, superseded by thoughts of wintery getaways.With all this in mind, and added to the fact it's often more advantageous to beat the rush and book your Chrimbo break early, we're celebrating with a whole...


5th February 2021 by Europe a la Carte

Christmas market trips to Cologne

It’s that time of year again – Christmas markets, festivals, and events are gearing up all over Europe. I simply love them – steaming mugs of mulled wine, twinkling lights brightening up the dark nights, hot food stalls, rosy cheeks and big smiles… it’s the one of the best things about winter!One of my favourite places to enjoy Christmas is in Cologne, Germany. Not only is it a wonderful city the rest of the year – with good restaurants, an excellent modern art museum, the...

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