The city’s incredible, almost scary gothic Cathedral is reason enough to book flights to Cologne. The cathedral, in fact, is Germany’s number one tourist attraction – but despite its dark and ominous appearance, in its shadow you’ll find a bright and vibrant city that really likes to have a good time. There is a host of great things to do all around the city - boat trips along the Rhine, leisurely strolls through the old town, afternoons whiled away in one of the numerous galleries and museums, and boozy evenings sampling the Kölsch in a local Brauhaus. Book flights to Cologne with Ryanair and discover the city for yourself!
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To visit the beautiful cathedral is a must and if you love art then a trip to the Ludwig museum is appreciated. Of course you should not miss the Chocolate museum or taste different types of beer, on one of several hundred pubs, around town.
Erlebnistouren in Köln & Region – Tour Agentur

Cologne is a Feeling - experience it in one of our about 70 entertaining topical city tours. Join us and discover Cologne Cathedral and the old town, hear amusing stories and anecdotes, come to know Cologne's brewing houses with their rustic charm in a brewing house tour, explore Roman and medieval Cologne in our underworld tour and listen to exciting crime stories.

​Address: Hohe Pforte 22​Phone: +49 221 93 272 63 / +49 221 96 545 94​Website: www.koeln-erlebnistouren.de / www.tour-agentur.de​More info: info@tour-agentur.de
Colonia Prima - Cologne Guided Tours

You want to get to know Cologne and its people a little better? Know more about the city’s 2000-year history? Go for a stroll along a Roman sewer beneath the city streets? Enjoy a freshly drawn Kölsch in medieval vaulted cellars? Or maybe you’d rather explore the Altstadt, the old quarter, with the night watchman? No problem! The team of Colonia Prima look forward to welcoming you to Cologne.

​Address: Leonhard-Tietz-Str. 4, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 310 33 85​Website: www.colonia-prima.de / www.guidedtours-cologne.com
City Tour - Cologne Open Air daily from 10 am

Experience the highlights with the convertible XXL buses during a 1,5 h sightseeingtour or with a dayticket on a Hop on Hop of Tour. Just "hop off" at any stop along the way and rejoin the tour on one of the next buses. 1,-- € discount with catchword: Arrival Guide. Meetingpoint: Burgmauer next to the Tourist Office opp. to the main entrance of the cathedral (DOM).

​Phone: +49 221 979 25 70​Website: www.ccs-busreisen.de
Cologne Zoo – Passionate about Animals

On the trail of elephants, meerkats & Co. Located close to the banks of the Rhine, the cologne zoos many animal houses and more than 750 different species make it a popular excursion destination whatever the weather, and visitors love seeing the ani-mals from such close proximity.

​Address: Riehler Str. 173​Phone: +49 221/ 567 99 100​Website: www.koelnerzoo.de
The Cathedral of St. Peter

Work on building the cathedral began in 1248 and it was the largest building project undertaken in the Middle Ages. A large, spacious church was needed to accommodate the influx of pilgrims who came to visit one of the most important shrines in the Catholic Church, which holds the relics of the three wise men. The bones are kept in a casket which is the most precious treasure in the cathedral: a masterpiece of the medieval goldsmith’s art.

​Address: Kölner Dom/Domplatz, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 179 405 55​Website: www.koelner-dom.de
Team Escape

Unfold mysteries, figure out puzzles, find clues and solve them - this is playground for grown ups. By using your mind, your body and with a great team you have one hour and one room to escape.

​Address: Brüsseler Platz 14, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 710 667 38​Website: www.teamescape.de
Botanischer Garten/Flora

Botanischer Garten/Flora dates back to the 1800s and is beautifully located along the Rhine River. The green house alone is worth a visit with a big variety of plants, it is like travelling through South America´s rain forest.

​Address: Amsterdamer Straße 34, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 560 890
Roman Praetorium

At Roman Praetorium you will learn the city´s history, and that makes this place a great way to start off your visit to Cologne. Walk around and through tunnels of the Roman ruins, you should really take your time at this city´s gem.

​Address: Kleine Budengasse 2, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 2212 2394​Website: www.museenkoeln.de
OffArtCologne Galerie

OffArtCologne Galerie is located in the old town of Cologne and is a place for young artists to visualise their work to the world. Call or send an email for a private viewing as they only open for booked appointments.

​Address: Filzengraben 1-3, Cologne​Phone: +49 171 899 8989
Bonbonschmiede

Bonbonschmiede is a sweet family-run candy store. As all of the candy is home-made it tastes divine! They take you through the different stage of making the candy, despite it all being in German, this does not make it less interesting as it is beautiful just to watch the process.

​Address: Bechergasse 9, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 9630 3920​Website: www.bonbonschmiede.de
Neptunbad

There is no better way to relax than at a spa. Enjoy the Japanese inspired, three store spa section with pools, seven different saunas, relaxation areas and a fitness area. You can easily spend a day here and top off the evening with a delicious meal.

​Address: Neptunplatz 1, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 71007 ext. 1​Website: www.neptunbad.de
Oper Municipal Theatre

The Germans have always been big fans of music in different forms and it is no exception with this modern opera in Cologne. The tickets are affordable and the acoustics amazing.

​Address: Offenbachplatz, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 221 285 10
Lanxess Arena

When it comes to big arenas and organisation, Lanxess Arena might be one of the best. They hold everything from concerts, to ice-hockey games and shows, the sound system is great and you have many different food stands to choose from when you feel for a snack.

​Address: Willy-Brandt-Platz 3, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 8021​Website: www.lanxess-arena.de
Hellers Volksgarten

Hellers Volksgarten is a popular among visitors and locals alike. The park is located by a beautiful lake and a real favourite with children. You will find most of the grown-ups in the beer garden.

​Address: Volksgartenstrasse 27, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 382 626​Website: www.hellers-brauhaus.de/volksgarten/
Segway Tour Cologne

Cologne’s most exclusive guided city tour: discover the historic sites of the Rhine metropolis in a complete new way - on the Segway. On our 3-hour tours you will experience Cologne’s most beautiful spots hassle-free and without exhausting foot marches. Due to modern technology and our professional guides, this tour will definitely stick in your memory for long.

​Address: An Groß St. Martin 6, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 27 260 597​Website: www.Seg-Tour-Köln.de​Opening hours: on to Fri 8 am-8 pm & Sat 8 am-12 am
l´Orange- Cafe and Restaurant in the ´Cologne Triangle´

The l’Orange attracts with fresh international cuisine both daily and weekly specials available. The restaurant offers friendly service and can also be rented as a venue. Tip: After a delicious visit to l’orange take a ride up to the panoramic platform and enjoy the view.

​Address: Ottoplatz 1​Phone: +49 221 29 07 72 57​Website: www.koelntriangle.de/cafe_bistro_restaurant
Come and visit the most popular hill of Europe

The Siebengebirge, its nature and its past present themselves most impressively to the visitor who takes the cog railway to the top of the Drachenfels. The Drachenfels (literally: Dragon Rock) is the landmark of the Siebengebirge (literally: Seven Hills). With its height of 321 metres and striking silhouette, it has been an attraction for people from all parts of the world for more than 100 years. One of the main reasons: the historic cog railway. http://www.drachenfelsbahn-koenigswinter.de/index.php/en/

Enjoy the Phantasialand summer season of 2014!

Phantasialand is offering world class entertainment paired with delightful culinary pleasures throughout the year. Big adventures are awaiting you: Chiapas – DIE Wasserbahn! Look forward to the world's steepest drop in a log flume ride and a 6 minute riding experience. Fun is guaranteed on the most advanced log flume ride in the world. Get ready for it! Book your Vacation to Phantasialand now and save money with the the special-price-packages. http://www.phantasialand.de/en/home

The Brühl Palaces - UNESCO World Heritage in North Rhine-Westphalia

The Brühl Palaces Augustusburg and Falkenlust with their extensive gardens and park grounds are living witnesses of a glorious past and rank among Germany’s top palaces to visit. They are protected by the international “Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural heritage.” Marvel at the splendour and treasures of Augustusburg Palace, retreat to Clemens Augustus’ Hunting Lodge Falkenlust and take a walk through the flowering gardens of Brühl palaces. http://www.schlossbruehl.de/en_home

Christmas Markets

Every year, the city centre of Cologne is touched by the magic of the festivities in the run-up to Christmas. When the Christmas markets in Cologne open their gates on the last Monday before Advent, millions of visitors from around the world delight at the goods on sale at the quaintly designed huts (or "Buden"). Christmas music, arts and crafts, toys, Christmas decorations and the scent of the Christmas bakeries create a wonderful atmosphere. http://www.cologne.de/events/christmas-markets

For those not native to the area, it’s important to realise that a “Halver Hahn” is not a dialect term for half a chicken, but a rye bread roll filled with Gouda cheese. The regional beef dish “Rheinischer Sauerbraten” is a delicacy, which generally contains raisins and is served with delicious gravy and potato dumplings. Beer drinkers can look forward to trying Kölsch, a local beer brewed by many breweries in and around Cologne.
NADA Restaurant Bar

Enjoy a cozy evening with a nice meal and a formidable variety of beverages in the architecturally striking ambience located in the former regional finance office of Cologne. Various rooms suit for a rendezvous but also offer a space for a group up to 40 people. The team of NADA looks forward to welcoming you.

​Address: Clever Str. 32, Köln​Phone: +49 221 888 999 44​Website: www.nadakoeln.de​Opening hours: Tuesday –Sunday from 5 pm
Limani

Limani means port in Greek, this is the perfect description for the restaurant which is situated at the “Rheinauhafen”, one of Colognes well worth seeing places. The restaurant „ Limani“ is a spot to go if you like the Mediterranean cuisine, enjoy delicious mezedes and selected wine combined with an amazing view on the river Rhein. Limani look forward to seeing you soon in the restaurant.

​Address: Agrippinawerft 6, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 719 0590​Website: www.limanicologne.de​More info: Fax: +49 221 9464 7357. info@limanicologne.de
Seafood restaurant „Fährhaus“ in Cologne

Fresh fish and select wine with river view The historical restaurant Fährhaus in Cologne - Rodenkirchen is one of the best seafood restaurants far and wide. Enjoy their delicious food and a wonderful view over Rhein the whole year round on the heated terrace. They offer Mediterranean cuisine, pasta, salad or fish – everyone will find something of his taste. Fährhaus look forward to welcoming you in their restaurant.

​Address: Steinstrasse 1, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 935 9969​Website: www.faehrhauskoeln.de​More info: Fax: +49 221 357 9176. info@faehrhauskoeln.de
Weinhaus Brungs

The Weinhaus Brungs has a palpable sense of history. The vaulted basement has remains of the Roman town wall. There are sculptured figures of the pope and emperor in alcoves watching over the locals and tourists as they dine. The restaurant is accommodated in an historic merchant's house which provides a cosy setting with antiques, pointed arches and wood panelling. Traditional, seasonal, german, cologne style, regional, rheinisch dishes are being served here. The home cooking goes down well with a glass Kölsch or any glass of good quality wine.

​Address: Marsplatz 3 - 5, Cologne​Website: www.weinhaus-brungs.de
El Chango

In the Bolzengasse in Cologne one will find what some guests call " small argentinian Museum ": The El Chango restaurant. Named after the word for a young Gaucho, the shepherd boy . The interior of the restaurant is a tribute to the vastness of Argentina, the feeling of pampas and the fiery taste of South America. The star of the restaurant is hidden In the kitchen, charcoal grill, which is responsible for that all the pieces of meat , rump steaks , kebabs, fillets and cutlets are grilled to absolute perfection.

​Address: Bolzengasse 9, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 2581 212​Website: www.elchango.de
Wirtshaus Schwejk

Traditional Czech specialities in the heart of Cologne’s old town. The Restaurant is located in close proximity to the river Rhine. The Cologne main station as well as the Chocolate Museum are within walking distance. The special breaks for Budweiser Budvar and Pilsner Urquell, invites you on a chilled beer. Enjoy the Czech cuisine in a friendly rustic atmosphere.

​Address: An Groß St.Martin2, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 2580 634​Website: www.wirtshaus-schwejk.de
Päffgen

At the Päffgen brewery, you can be certain of finding good, straightforward, inexpensive food, such as hamburgers or herring fillets. The menu even includes suckling pig. The atmosphere is friendly, and it’s easy to get into conversation with the other guests.

​Address: Friesenstrasse 64 - 66, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 135 461​Website: www.paeffgen-koelsch.de​More info: The old town
Früh Am Dom

Cologne’s equivalent of the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, with high ceilings, dark wood panelling, old oil paintings on the walls and a large tiled stove on the ground floor. If you’re in a larger group, it may be worth ordering a small barrel of beer which will be put on the table.

​Address: Am Hof 12-18, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 261 30​Website: www.frueh.de​More info: Near the Dome
Gaffel-haus

This is the oldest building in the Alter Markt. The tables are in small niches which gives the restaurant an intimate atmosphere. Good, straightforward food at average prices.

​Address: Alter Markt 20-22, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 257 76 92​Website: www.gaffel-haus.de​More info: In the old town
Daitokai

Daitokai is a Japanese restaurant which is very popular and exclusive. The staff add the final touches to the dishes in front of the guests, for example on a hot stone.

​Address: Kattenbug 2, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 120 048​Website: www.daitokai.de​More info: In the old town
Hard Rock Cafe

Homemade American food and drinks, top service and a legendary Rock ’n’ Roll Museum – A unique Experience that ROCKS! HRC Cologne is located in the heart of the city, between the Old Town and the two main shopping streets Schildergasse and Hohe Straße.

​Address: Gürzenichstr. 8, Cologne​Phone: +49 22 12 72 68 80​Website: www.hardrock.com/cologneSubway: Heumarkt 1, 7, 9, 106, 132, 133Gürzenichstr. 132, 133
Oasis

Oasis is a Greek restaurant with a huge panoramic view over the Rhine and the Old Town on the other side. Enjoy the view to a glass of ice cold Ouzo.

​Address: Kennedy-Ufer 1, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 814 441​Website: www.restaurantoasis.de
Amabile

Amabile is a luxurious restaurant with a menu consisting of French, German, Italian, and Mediterranean food. The ingredients are crisp and fresh, the staff is helpful and always provide the best service. It is suggested that you pre-book.

​Address: Görresstraße 2, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 219 101​Website: www.restaurant-amabile.de
Le Moissonnier

Le Moissonnier is truly a gourmet restaurant here in Cologne. This is a perfect place for a celebration or just a special evening out with your beloved one. Nothing on the menu will let you done, but the duck comes highly recommended.

​Address: Krefelder Straße 25, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 729 ext. 479​Website: www.lemoissonnier.de
Pan & Pani

Pan & Pani is decorated in a cosy Ukrainian style and located near the cathedral. The food, together with decor, will make you feel like you actually are in Ukraine. This is great lunch place, but you cannot leave without trying their "unforgettable honey cake".

​Address: Marzellenstraße 45-49, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 2613 9045​Website: www.panundpani.com
Bulgogi Haus

If you are in the mood for Korean, then this is the place to go to. The seasoning of the food is amazing, the staff is friendly and it is almost always fully booked so do not forget to pre-book your reservations.

​Address: Neusser Straße 654, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 278 8896​Website: www.bulgogi-haus.de
Beirut

Just the smell alone when passing this restaurant will make you feel hungry, stop whatever plans you had and go in for a meal. Beirut is a small family-owned, Lebanese restaurant that serves amazing, real authentic cuisine.

​Address: Buttermarkt 3, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 258 1539​Website: www.beirut-restaurant.de
l´Orange- Cafe and Restaurant in the ´Cologne Triangle´

The l’Orange attracts with fresh international cuisine both daily and weekly specials available. The restaurant offers friendly service and can also be rented as a venue. Tip: After a delicious visit to l’orange take a ride up to the panoramic platform and enjoy the view.

​Address: Ottoplatz 1, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 29 07 72 57​Website: www.koelntriangle.de/cafe_bistro_restaurant
The Grill

Burger, beef or chicken, vegetables, salad and potatoes: Your enjoyment – our passion! Choose between 20-30 different steak and cut types. Take a look at the steak you ordered, which is being prepared on the open fire grill by our grill master. Let the best beef in town melt on your tongue. And there to an ice-cold beer. http://www.the-grill.de/EN/index-1.php

German cakes are really special. Fruit flans, Bienenstich (a cake with almond topping and a vanilla cream filling) and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest gateau) are just some of the specialities on offer.
Reichard

Reichard is an elegant, fashionable café with wonderful flans and cakes, and the option of watching the world go by outside. It is also a good place for breakfast.

​Address: Unter Fettenhennen 11, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 257 85 42​Website: www.cafe-reichard.de
Fassbender

Fassbender is a modern café that even has take away. Its speciality is Baumkuchen (“tree cake”), a cake which is baked layer by layer so that it looks like the growth rings in a tree trunk.

​Address: Mittelstraße 12-14, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 925 99 90​Website: www.fassbender.de​More info: Near Appellhofplatz
Feynsinn

Feynsinn has a very cozy atmosphere, great coffee and tasty cakes. Nice place to hang out and catch your breath.

​Address: Rathenauplatz 7, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 240 92 10​Website: www.cafe-feynsinn.de
Café Central

Café Central is a small café that serves great tasting breakfast scrambled eggs with bacon, toast, juice, yum! They also have a lunch menu consisting of hot and cold dishes.

​Address: Julicher Str. 1, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 207 150​Website: www.hotel-chelsea.de​More info: Neighborhood: Neustadt-Süd
Café Sehnsucht

If you are environmentally aware, you might want to sit down at this place, as they are ecologically certified. They have been an institution in Cologne for 30 years.

​Address: Körnerstraße 67, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 528 347​Website: www.sehnsucht-koeln.de
The best way to spend a free evening is in a Biergarten (“beer garden”), where beer is served in a pleasant, open-air setting away from the street. If you’re looking for more intense and exciting nightlife with bars and clubs, head for the areas outside the ring road, the Old Town and the Severin district in the south of the city.
NADA Restaurant Bar

Enjoy a cozy evening with a nice meal and a formidable variety of beverages in the architecturally striking ambience located in the former regional finance office of Cologne. Various rooms suit for a rendezvous but also offer a space for a group up to 40 people. The team of NADA looks forward to welcoming you.

​Address: Clever Str. 32, Köln​Phone: +49 221 888 999 44​Website: www.nadakoeln.de​Opening hours: Tuesday –Sunday from 5 pm
All Bar One

All Bar One is a fashionable venue in a modern building with a huge glass façade, which can be opened. This combination of bar, restaurant and bistro also has a terrace where you can spend warm summer evenings. However, the “see and be seen” effect has had an influence on the prices.

​Address: Friesenstraße 82, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 120 6953​Website: www.all-bar-one.net​More info: In the old town
Hammond Bar

Hammond bar is a bar with everything from beat to pop and a perfect place to go to for a relaxing evening. They also show the FC , ​​Champions League and Jogi's boys games here.

​Address: Metzerstrasse 25, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 932 9229​Website: www.hammondbar.de
Rose Club

The Rose Club is an alternative trendy club in the south of the city, with different music on different days. Rock, pop, soul, funk, oldies and German pop mixed with hip hop.

​Address: Luxemburger Straße 37, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 2408 266​Website: www.rose-club-cologne.de
Alter Wartesaal

Alter Wartesaal means "old waiting room", and that is exactly what it is. This night club is the old Hauptbahnhof (Central Station), now seeing the world as a club, restaurant and concert venue.

​Address: Johannisstraße 11, Cologne​Phone: +49 221 912 885-0​Website: www.wartesaal.de
Shopping in Cologne is easy nearly everything is within walking distance. We suggest starting at the Hauptbahnhof (main station), going past the cathedral and walking on southwards down Hohe Strasse as far as Cäcilienstrasse. This will give you a good overview of most of what the city has to offer. This long pedestrian area has shops selling clothes, technology, souvenirs, cosmetics, books and music. You’ll find clothes chains such as Mango and Zero, but also the Kaufhof department store. Breite Strasse is a side street off Hohe Strasse and has an interesting mix of shops. The new DuMont Carré and Opernpassage – or WDR arcade – has more exclusive labels and products. Schildergasse runs south from the opera house to the Neumarkt. A new shopping area has grown up here which runs westwards to Rudolfstrasse, with the Bazaar de Cologne shopping mall.The Belgisches Viertel – the Belgian district around Brüsseler Platz (U-Bahn Rudolfplatz) – is well-known for new, young fashion. Here you’ll find trendy clothes, jewellery and designer labels. Just outside the city centre is the arts centre Hof 242. A former glass factory has been converted into an exclusive exhibition and sales centre for artists and designers covering an area of 2000 square metres. Here you’ll find wood and stone sculptures, collages, women’s clothes, decorations, fabrics, ceramics, lamps and furniture
Cologne Bonn Airport

Cologne/Bonn airport is 17 km southeast of the city centre. The journey to the city centre takes around 15 minutes by car or S-Bahn. The train departs every twenty minutes from the Hauptbahnhof to the airport (from 4.21 am to 0.41 am on weekdays). On Saturdays and Sundays, the train runs every half hour and the last train leaves at 11.11 pm.

​Address: Kennedystraße, Cologne​Phone: +49 2203 404 001​Website: www.koeln-bonn-airport.de
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