Destination Guide: Cologne
Gothic steeples, contemporary art and Rhine River strolls
The medieval spires of Cologne stand guard over Germany’s lush Rhine River Valley. Stroll
the riverbank and take in Gothic chapels and avant-garde galleries. Or catch a cruise boat
for a day trip passed sweeping vineyards with a chilled kölsch beer in hand.
Food and Drink
Dine on hearty German dishes and cold beers in centuries-old taverns. Gravy-rich
Sauerbraten and potato dumplings are among Cologne’s most famous culinary
traditions. Smartly-dressed waiters serve steaming platters of the local fare in
wood-panelled, candle-lit dining rooms in the central Altstadt district. Wash it all
down with chilled glasses of Cologne’s signature beer, crisp, refreshing kölsch.
Sightseeing and relaxation
Explore 2,000 years of historic Cologne. Discover ancient city ramparts and faded
Dionysus mosaics at the Rӧmisch-Germanisches Museum. Nearby, the towering stone
edifice of the French Gothic Cologne Cathedral draws visitors with its glittering,
golden Magi reliquary and hand-carved Madonnas. The spiral stone staircase of the
Cathedral Tower treats climbers with views of snarling gargoyles and all of
Indulge in a wealth of artistic treasures at galleries or Christmas markets. Browse
the eclectic galleries along St. Apern-Strasse, where cutting-edge artists push the
limits of molten glass and dollops of acrylic paint. In December, the
Christkindlmarkt tempts shoppers with the heady scent of mulled wine as holiday
makers select gifts of fragile glass ornaments and candle-powered carousels.
Nightlife and Entertainment
Catch a symphony concert and enjoy a glass of Riesling wine. The Kӧlner
Philharmonie offers an opportunity to immerse yourself in German culture with concerts
honouring Germany’s finest composers such as Beethoven, Bach and Brahms. Afterwards, head to
the charming, half-timbered Zülpicher district and toast Cologne’s artistic flair
with a glass of the local wine, Rhine River Riesling.
Near Cologne: Bonn
Bonn, the former capital of Germany, enjoys a privileged location, close to the world
famous Middle Rhine Valley and the Siebengebirge (Seven Mountains). Stroll through the
streets of Beethoven’s birthplace and visit the fabulous exhibitions at the Museum Mile,
before enjoying the many shops, restaurants, cafes and bars the city has to offer.