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Things to do in Cologne

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House of 4711
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Cologne Carnival
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Deutz Suspension Bridge
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Heumarkt
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St. Gereon's Basilica
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Cathedrals in Cologne
Cologne Cathedral
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Well the truth is I don't know how to best describe this wonder. I wanted to see it for many years and finally did this past Christmas. I can only say that is an impressive architectural marvel. As you head towards the city, you see the two massive towers approaching in the distance. It's quite exciting, really, to think that I would finally see that wonder and when at last I was standing the square. It was awesome. Then you go and explore the upper chambers and begin to see the beautiful stained glass. For me, it was an unforgettable experience.
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Bridges in Cologne
Hohenzollern Bridge
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The Hohenzollern Bridge (German: Hohenzollernbrücke) is a bridge crossing the river Rhine in the German city of Cologne (German Köln). It crosses the Rhine at kilometre 688.5. Originally, the bridge was both a railway and street bridge, however, after its destruction in 1945 and its subsequent reconstruction, it was only accessible to rail and pedestrian traffic. It is the most heavily used railway bridge in Germany, connecting the Köln Hauptbahnhof and Köln Messe/Deutz stations.
Museums in Cologne
Chocolate Museum
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You should definitely take a little visit to the Chocolate Museum in Cologne (Köln). It's a real pleasure. It is located on one of the islands in the Rhine river and it's very easy to get to. Once you're inside the museum, the smell of chocolate fills every room, and it's inside the museum where you can see how chocolate is made , i.e., the entire process from start to finish right up until those delicious Lindt chocolate bars are wrapped! You get to see how the machines pour the chocolate into molds, are cooled and then taken out of their molds. You can also see how tablets, etc, are made. Just in the place where you can watch the entire preparation process will find a huge chocolate fountain, where you can dip a cookie! Note that you can do that as many times as you want and pretend like you're an expert chocolate taster. Recommended sit to enjoy a cake in the museum cafe and look at the awesome views from the museum.
Churches in Cologne
Great St. Martin Church
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This is a square in the historic center of Cologne, near the Rhine and the cathedral. It has a special charm. The church of St. Martin the Great was was begun in the twelfth century and finished in the nineteenth. After the 2nd World War, 95% of the old town of Cologne was destroyed. This has been, for many years, the headquarters of the House of Spain in Cologne but they now meet on Sunday in Santa Barbara in the Taku Platz. This square is therefore closely linked to Spain, because as I say, the house of Spain was here for over 25 years providing German courses and helping the Spanish that arrived here.
Of Touristic Interest in Cologne
Rhine River Walk
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Once you've visited the cathedral and Ludwig Art Museum, it's a pretty nice walk. You can start your route behind the museum. After World War II, most of Cologne, except its famous cathedral, was in ruins, so the buildings at the beginning of the route are all very new. Later on, you can see the facades of several colorful buildings which have been preserved in their original state and are now home to restaurants or entertainment venues.
Train Stations in Cologne
Cologne Central Station
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Cologne Central Station (Hauptbahnhof) is one of the most interesting places, especially during carnivals. It is here where all kinds of characters arrive. That in general, because I asked a lady where she had bought that mustache and said the passage of time had given it. Glup. Earth, swallow me. Or, Rhine River (a few meters) take me away ...
Of Cultural Interest in Cologne
Alter Markt
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Altermarkt Platz is one of the most beautiful and lively places in Cologne. During Carnival medieval tournaments are held at Christmas, the market is one of the least touristy and most authentic. In summer its lively terraces invite you to have an ice cream in the sun and are always lively. As a curiosity it may seem like construction works are going on, but it is rather an important archaeological excavation, as this city has in its subsoil many Roman remains. Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium was one of the most important Roman cities of Central Europe.
Cathedrals in Cologne
Cologne Cathedral Tower
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I went there a few days ago and, of course, went up the bell tower. It's sooooo high that I almost didn't make it, the stairs are endless. Definitely not for people ve suffer from heart problems, asthma, or knee problems. I am more or less in-shape and almost did not get there. But really, it's worth it .... It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Despite the fatigue of getting there, it is worth it to see the city from the tower. I recommend going, it really is one of the wonders of the world!!!
Museums in Cologne
Museum Ludwig
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The Museum Ludwig in Cologne is a sightseeing must while in Cologne if you like modern art. Expressionism, Russian art, Picasso, pop art and the latest trends, are some works among its German doors. The museum is so named because Ludwig donated more than three hundred of his works of art to be publicly exhibited. The museum is very close to the Cathedral and in addition to the permanent works, there are also temporary exhibitions. When I was there, there was an exhibition on comics and a Picasso print exhibit.
Exhibitions in Cologne
National Socialist Documentation Center and Memorial
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This is a stunning museum that accurately recounts the evolution of Nazism in Germany. The holding cells and the bathroom will leave you speechless. Imagining what the prisoners must've endured with make you leave with a lump in your throat. There are audio guides in several languages ​​including English and Spanish that tell you what was in each of the rooms, there are several, from the beginning of the Nazi movement until the end of the WWII, with the fall of Germany. There's a major photographic exhibition in Cologne if you miss this museum, which will give you a clearer picture of the beginning, rise and fall of Nazism.
Markets in Cologne
Cologne Christmas Market
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Nearly all German cities have these markets and Cologne is no exception. From mid-November until January, a large flea market takes place in the main square (in this case next to the famous cathedral), where adults and children have fun and spend many hours. First, is a spot of shopping, where one can find accessories for women from necklaces, earrings and bracelets to candles and original decorative gifts, even cookie cutters. It is the perfect place to buy traditional gifts. Moreover, the market also opened as a meeting and entertainment space. It is amazing how, despite the cold temperatures, the inhabitants of Cologne come out every night to the Christmas market to meet friends etc. It is very common to eat sausages or pancakes in the cold weather. However, what is consumed the most is a kind of hot wine, I suppose to forget the cold... it is usually served in a steaming cup which represents Christmas and new ones are made every year. I guess that some people's kitchen cabinets are filled with these souvenir cups ...
Museums in Cologne
House of 4711
This colony comes from Cologne, as the name suggests, and it couldn't be any other way. The invention is the work of Johann Maria Farina ve turned Cologne into the first aroma factory in the world, in the 19th century and, in turn, the invention made this German city internationally famous. Soon after kings and rich people met there and the virtues of cologne water were soon considered a luxury item. The company was called Mühlens and they bought a fake license, so they were forced not to use the Farina name, so instead they used the house number in the name, 4711, which has made it famous to this day. Also in Cologne there's a museum dedicated to this product and at all the souvenir shops you can buy little samples of the famous green bottle with golden numbers on it.
Festivals in Cologne
Cologne Carnival
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They say that this is the third busiest carnival after the carnivals of Rio de Janeiro and Venice. I went to Cologne mostly because it was the most accessible for me and as I have not been to the others, I'm sorry but I can not make a fair judgment. The street parades in this German city smell anything but a colony. They smell of beer, sausages and sweets know ... all I ate. To get there was only imitating children shouting "Kamelle! Kamelle". Also cheered the floats pass: "Kölle alaaf!", "Long live Cologne!" (To make the ball). This reminded me of the rides of the Magi and, indeed, in the Cathedral of Cologne are kept the relics of these three wise men. Whether your knowledge of astrology or surprises that drop in its wake, these three wise men in many places reserved for them the most important day of the year, displacing even the carnival. I already have written them a letter.
Of Cultural Interest in Cologne
Deutz Suspension Bridge
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This is one of the bridges linking the two banks of the Rhine in Cologne. It is worth a walk around to take pictures of the Alstad, and take a boat trip on the Rhine in the old part of the city. It's best to get to Deutz by metro and walk across it to the other side. The view, as I say, is the best, both at day and night. You can see Cologne Cathedral, Gross San Martin and the terrace along the Rhine, full of charming places ... But that's another story ...
Of Cultural Interest in Cologne
Heumarkt
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Heumarkt Square - Cologne, Germany: This is one of the most important squares of the city and the place where Carnival is celebrated. The name comes from the Middle Ages when it was the "Central Market". In winter, the Christmas market is held in the square and they set up a large ice rink. It's surrounded by cobblestone streets which you can wander down and reach the Rhine and Altermarkt platz. It's a real treat, especially now in spring and summertime. The streets are full of small bars and restaurants, making it a great area to eat or go out on the town. Although somewhat touristy, it's worth visiting to have a Kolch or Cologne beer and eat some pork knuckle at one of the traditional restaurants.
Churches in Cologne
St. Gereon's Basilica
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Cologne has dozens of Romanesque churches. St Gereon is one of them, and I really liked the architecture, among other things, its high vaults, and its white exterior (white and neat carved facades have always fascinated me!). Built in the eleventh century, although there were traces of construction dating back to the fourth century. Became the Basilica Church in the twentieth century, by Pope's decision. Honestly one of the places worth visiting in this city.
Rivers in Cologne
Porz District
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This is an amazing corner of Germany. The Rhine is beautiful, with boats passing and geese splashing in the river. It's great especially when the sun rises. The cargo ships are impressive because they are very large. The sunrises and sunsets are particularly beautiful.
Shops in Cologne
Lego Store Cologne
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If you're in Cologne, then you can't just visit the beautiful cathedral and the museum - you must also devote a few hours to wandering the streets of downtown and doing some shopping. I was lucky enough to find the Lego store, which took me 20 years back in time. If, like me, you spent your childhood playing with these coloured bricks, then you won't be able to resist! For 20 minutes, my companions and I were transformed into children. I loved the giant lego models, and left with a lego keychain as a souvenir!

The best things to do in Cologne

There are many places to visit in Cologne, and many of the attractions in Cologne are marked by World War II. In fact, it's widely known for the destruction of its historical center and its impressive post-war
buildings

Nevertheless, the city has many parks, monuments, and emblematic buildings. Possibly one of the best places to see in Cologne is the Cathedral, a historical neo-gothic building located in the city center. Inside there is the Shrine of the Three Kings, where it is claimed that the remains of the Three Kings lay, having been transported from the Cathedral of Milan in 1164.

Another one of the things to do in Cologne is to walk along the Hohenzollern Bridge or Hohenzollernbrcke. It's located on the Rhine and as a railway bridge it sees the most traffic in Europe. Rheinparkes is a park, and is one of the most popular things to see in Cologne. It's situated on the right bank of the river and is known for its uniqueness and for being one of the most visited parks in of all Germany.

If you love museums, then you'll find a lot of stuff to do in Cologne as there are numerous museums throughout the city. The most remarkable are the Romano-Germanic Museum, which contains archaeological findings and Roman tools, and the Imhoff-Stollwerck Museum, which is also known as the Cologne Chocolate Museum. There are several Cologne activities and Cologne attractions that are essential, but you also have to enjoy its culture, its people and, especially, its beer. For more on what to do in Cologne, browse through the many firsthand experiences shared by minube users.