What catches the eye on arriving for city breaks in Cologne, which sits on the banks of the River Rhine, are the twin spires of an enormous cathedral with their filigree beauty. This is followed by the discovery of world-class museums, a dose of Roman history, beer hall fun, and the delicious taste of handmade chocolates.
City Breaks in Cologne: Top Holiday Lettings
Top 5 Things to See: 48Hrs in Cologne
Although founded back in 38 BC by the Romans, there's nothing backwards-looking about Cologne today. Its past is revealed in museums, excavations, and architecture, but the city also has a contemporary vibe with plenty of culture and nightlife including the most pubs per person in Germany!
1. Cologne Cathedral
Home to the reliquary of the Three Kings, Cologne Cathedral has drawn pilgrims since the late 12th century. The present building is slightly newer with parts dating from all centuries up to the 19th. Full of wonderful art and objects, the building's design is reminiscent of northern French cathedrals.
2. The Ludwig Museum
This eye-catching contemporary building surrounded by beautiful gardens is home to art dating from the early 20th century. Among the artists represented are Picasso, Andy Warhol, Lichtenstein, Erich Heckel, and August Macke.
3. Cologne Old Town
City breaks in Cologne are not complete without strolling around the colourful squares and streets of the Old Town. However, it's not quite as old as you imagine. Since the Second World War, the Old Town has been painstakingly restored to its former glory.
4. Hohenzollern Bridge
This impressive tiered and arched bridge is heavy enough to withstand the weight of the lovers' padlocks festooning it. They've become an attraction in themselves. A walk over the bridge delivers a different perspective on the city skyline.
5. The Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum
Dedicated to chocolate, this museum is considered the best of its kind in the world, known for a balance between education, conservation, and indulgence. Enjoy the chocolate fountain while watching chocolates being made.