Situated on the banks of Rhine River, Cologne has near about 70 clubs, where people come to enjoy the night life of Cologne. Other attractions of this beauteous place are its wonderful restaurants, exclusive bars and splendid brew houses. Cologne Winter Carnival is one of the biggest festivals in Cologne, where street parades and marches will definitely win your heart.
Mcihlen Kolsch is one of the famous breweries of Cologne. For thrill seekers and adventurers, there is no other better place than Phantasialand Theme Park. It is also known as the birthplace of the first Eaucle. Pork knuckles are the specialty of Cologne. On your tour to Cologne, do not miss to add a love lock on Hohenzollern Bridge. There are thousands of love locks on this bridge. It is the home to the largest and the oldest universities i.e. University of Cologne. Before leaving, it is believed that rubbing the nose of Tunnes, a statue of Cologne character will bring good luck to you.
Location: It is located at the river Rhine in South-Western North Rhine-Westphalia, in central Western Germany
Climate: Cologne is Germany's warmest city. Its climate is temperature oceanic. In summers, the temperature is normal with high humidity level whereas winters are mild.
Carry cotton clothes for summers and warm clothes for winters.
Best Time to Visit: September, October and May are the best month to visit Cologne. However to enjoy Cologne Carnival, you must visit here in mid-November.
How to reach:
By Air: Cologne Bonn Airport
By Train: Central Train Station of Cologne is well connected with major cities of Germany
By Bus: Good connectivity to major cities is available.
Places of Interest:
Location: Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany
Timings: From November-April, open from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. From May-October, open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Cologne Cathedral is situated at the centre of the Cologne’s old town. This massive Gothic structure can hold near about 20,000 people. Lots of Christian devotees come here, as this holy place holds the Three Wise Man’s remains. In 1996, it was designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site. From the highest spire, you can get the panoramic view of Cologne. It is a famous building for German Catholism. The Twin Towers of the Church are very high. Its design resembles with the Amiens Cathedral. There is a very large statue of St. Christopher here. Germanic character is reflected through its unique architectural style. The shrine of the Three Kings is made of silver and bronze and is decorated with exclusive ornaments, unique gemstones and beauteous enamels. There are 11 church bells, four of which belong to the medieval period.
Location: Riehler Str. 173, 50735 Köln, Germany
Timings: Open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Koelner Zoo retains the title of most modern Zoological Garden. It was established in 1860. It has a marvelous collection of 500 different species of animals, which includes predators and aquarium also. Its objective is to preserve those animals who are becoming extinct. Lemur and Bonobos are the primates here. Pink pigeon, red crowned crane, Meller's duck are some of the endangered species of birds displayed here. The Zoo's complex has a largest Elephant Park and also a free flight Rainforest Hall. For animal lovers, this zoo is like heaven on earth. Besides this, the aquarium with sea urchins, corals, starfishes, anemones and sea horses are worth seeing.
Historic old town
Location – along the Rhine River, Cologne, Germany
Old Town is located between Mountain Rd. and Central Ave. (Route 66) just East of Rio Grande Blvd
Visiting hours- open 24 hours
Historic old town is located in the central district of the city. There is a network of streets with old historical buildings. Alter market and Meumarket are the two most popular markets at the centre. These are the handicrafts and trade markets. It is the relaxing place where you can stroll around the narrow alleyways. It provides a great panoramic view of the great St Martin Church. It is very much affected by World War II but after that it was restored. You will come across various special historic monuments and fountains along with special museum. To know about cologne you must visit the old town. The Stapelhaus, the archaeological zone, St Alban memorial are the historical remains which will reveal the true history of Cologne.
Fragrance museum- Farina house
Location - Obenmarspforten 21, 50667 Köln, Germany Obenmarspforten 21, 50667 Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Visiting hours- 10:00 am to 7:00 pm
On Sunday 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
Fragrance Museum is located in the Innenstadt district of Cologne. It was established in 1709. John Maria Farina is the eldest factory of fragrance. Here you can get insight into the process of producing perfumes. Also the evolution and history of perfumes is well displayed in the pictures. In 1709 first water fragrance was formed and named as Eau De cologne. If you want to develop your own self made fragrance then the Museum provides you the opportunity also. From essence of lime, grapefruit, bergamot, orange and lemon different fragrances are formed. No one can miss the chance to visit this world of fragrance once in a lifetime.
Location - Am Schokoladenmuseum 1A, 50678 Köln, Germany in front of the old town, near the Cologne Cathedral
Visiting hours-Open at 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday closed Tuesday to Friday: 10:00 - 18:00 hours
Saturday/Sunday/bank holidays: 11:00 - 19:00 hours
Chocolate museum was founded by Hans Imhoff on 31 October 1993. This Museum provides detail insight into the entire history of chocolate from its origin to its production methods. Every year near about 6.75 lakhs tourist come at this place. 3 meter tall chocolate fountain is the major attraction of this place. There are antique silver bowls and porcelain which were used for drinking chocolates. From small miniature versions of the chocolate forming machines you can easily observe the process of production. From the entrance shop you can buy different varieties and range of chocolates. If you are fond of chocolate then this museum is like a paradise for you.