109. Köln/Cologne, Germany
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Köln is one of those Germany cities that you’ll quickly overlook. However you should not as its quiet and quaint. Plus it has great Christmas Markets and a very distinctive Cathedral to view. It’s also the city where myself and a colleague at the time met the pop singer Rihanna while she was having dinner at a local restaurant. This was just after the release of her first album.
Köln or Cologne is located in the north of Germany just south of Hamburg and southeast of Bremen.
How To Get Here
Köln is served by the ICE (Intercity Express) and Regional trains operated by Deutsche Bahn.
There nearest airport is Köln Bonn Airport (CGN)
The following airlines has service to Köln Bonn Airport (CGN):
Aegean Airlines (A3), Aeroflot (SU), Air Astana (KC), Air Berlin (AB), Air Cairo (SM), Air France (AF), Belavia Belarusian Airlines (B2), British Airways (BA), brussels airlines (SN), Condor (DE), Eurowings (EW), flybe. (BE), Germanwings (4U), KLM Royal Dutch Airlines (KL), Links Air (W2), Lufthansa German Airlines (LH), Norwegian Air Shuttle (D8), Onur Air (8Q), Pegasus Airlines (PC), SAS (SK), Sun Express Germany (XG), Swiss Airlines (LX), TUIfly (X3), Turkish Airlines (TK), Vueling (VY) and Wizz Air (W6).
There are several companies such as Eurolines and FlixBus with services to the Cologne area.
If you are already in the region you can take the drive. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
By Shared Ride
You may also use BlaBlaCar to find rides going your way.
Where To Stay
Cologne has no shortage hotels and the price range runs the gamut. I’ve stayed at the Pullman by Accor as well as the Hilton Cologne and also the Ibis at the train station. All great accommodations and within walking distance of everything.
==>> You can find a list of hotels from TripAdvisor here.
==>> Try Airbnb.
Where To Eat
There are many restaurants around the city. Plus, you can find eats at the train station. There’s currywurst, pommes (french fries) everywhere of course. There’s also a lot of places from which you can have pastry which is perfect for breakfast and very German.
==>> You can find a list of restaurants here.
What To Do
The main thing to see in Cologne is the Cologne Cathedral. And yes, you can climb to the top; its quite the climb and if you are not a fan of narrow spaces, then its not recommended. But the view is spectacular of course.
Cologne is also famous for Christmas Markets. There’s about seven or so of them around the city. Ensure that you walk around the city as the shopping is spectacular as well and you’ll always find hidden gems.
==>> Here is a list of things to do from Trip Advisor.
==>>You may also check Viator for additional things to do in the region.
==>> Information and Guide Books for the region from Lonely Planet.