Cologne is a cosmopolitan city situated on the Rhine River in Western Germany. It is the fourth largest German city but was once the largest city in the Holy Roman Empire during the medieval times. This 2000-year-old city is said to be one of the most liberal cities in Germany and is a central hub for business, media, and tourism in the North Rhine-Westphalia federal state.
The Cologne Cathedral, the St. Martin Church, the tower of City Hall, and Old Town are the structures that make up the world-famous Rhine panorama. The Cologne Cathedral is the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world and is the most visited site in all of Germany. This Cathedral has a unique history as it withstood WWII nearly unscathed. It is also the final resting place for the shrine containing the bone of the Three Wise Men. There are many other attractions in the city including the Romano-Germanic Museum the Museum Ludwig, and even a museum dedicated to chocolate.
Transport to Cologne
Cologne in Germany is very well connected, by plane, train and road travel. Its airport is located just 15km outside of the city, easily reachable by private transfer or by a 14-minute ride from Cologne central station with S-Bahn. Flights from the United States require a stopover in another European city to reach Cologne, however, there are many budget airlines that fly in and out of Cologne connecting it to many of Europe's capitals. If you're already in Europe, one of the fastest ways to travel to Cologne is by train, with direct connections from many Germany cities, Amsterdam and cities in Switzerland.
Once you are in Cologne, you can reach most of Cologne's top sights on foot and enjoy a stroll along the riverbank. For journeys that are further afield, you may wish to make use of the city's trams, subway, and S-Bahn. Detailed instructions on how to navigate your way around using public transport and how to purchase tickets will be provided to you in your full itinerary when you purchase a Go Real Europe trip.