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Barbarossaplatz 1, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, 50674, Germany
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Side trips from Cologne

by Kingo

We will be in Cologne for 4 days in April and I'm trying to get the most our of our days. Any recommendations on doing a side trip to another city, maybe Berlin?? Frankfort?? any suggestions would be helpful. We have been to Amsterdam, Brussels, & Brugge. We do not want to spend all our time in transit-but I guess you can fly cheap and the ice train is fast. How about castles??? How about places to stay in Cologne. Thank you.

RE: Side trips from Cologne

by zuriga

The Ibis hotel chain has quite a few places in and around Cologne, and their prices are pretty reasonable. One is right in the main railroad station near the Dom. If you want something a bit more upscale, there are some nice choices in that downtown area. The Antonius Hooper (I think that's the name) is small and has a good restaurant attached to it. If you only have four days, Berlin is a long way to go. Frankfurt is OK for one day or Bonn... and even more interesting is Wiesbaden (hour train trip from Frankfurt).

RE: Side trips from Cologne

by abalada

I would concentrate on cities and sights closer to Cologne.

Old Town, Museums Mile

has e.g. Germanys most famous shopping mile, the Kö

Aachen *)
Imperial capital of Charlemagne

Trier *)
Germanys oldest city and in Roman times the biggest city north of the Alps.

other places of interest

Augustusburg Palace Brühl *)

Middle Rhine Valley *)

Zollverein industrial complex in Essen *)

*) = UNESCO World Heritage sites

RE: RE: Side trips from Cologne

by Sjalen

I agree on staying in the area since you only have four days and there is a LOT to see around Cologne. As you've already seen from the above posting, five World Heritage sites can easily be visited as daytrips! My personal preferences are Trier (along with Cologne one of Germany's oldest cities but history is also much more present here since Roman ruins are still standing and the city wasn't as damaged in the war) and Aachen with Charlemagne's almost oriental cathedral.

I've not yet visited the World Heritage castle in Brühl but that is even closer to Cologne than the above. There is also a nice castle on the way to Düsseldorf in the other direction (Benrath).

And then the Rhine Gorge which is lovely with its vineyards and hills and little villages.

RE: Side trips from Cologne

by Kingo

Thank you for all your suggestions. I'm sure we will enjoy our trip.

Travel Tips for Cologne

The Wrong side of the Rhine

by diocletianvs

The local saying says that "Siberia starts on the other side, in Deutz". Cologne's historic center developed on the left side of the Rhine and it wasn't untill 1888 that the separate municipality of Deutz was incorporated into Cologne.

Rhine's right bank is still referred as the "Schäl Sick", or the Wrong side. The wrong side has a modern skyline dominated by the Hyatt hotel and the coppery Lufthansa building built right on the Rhine. Famous Cologne Fair is also situated here, as well as the modern KölnArena, Europe's largest indoor sports venue.

The easiest way to cross into the "Siberia" is across the Hohenzollernbrucke - don't miss the walk between the Hohenzollern and the Deutzer bridge on the Wrong side, enabling magnificent views of Cologne's Right side, dominated by the Cathedral.

The romans where here!

by Pavlik_NL

Maybe for some not that 'off the beaten track', but Köln has some very intresting Roman archelogical sites. Cologne used to be a Roman town from where it's 'foreign' name also originates. Recommendation is the Praetorium under the Cityhall (RatHaus). Most people come for shopping, a cruise on the Rhine or a visit to the Dom, but if you're intrested in history ...


by Gili_S

Cologne central train station is often a place where you need to change trains travelling around Europe. I did that few times in the past and I plan it that I will always have some time to spend also in this lovely city before continuing to my destination.

Ristorante Toscanini

by leafmcgowan about Ristorante Toscanini

Ristorante Toscanini is a nice little Italian restaurant in Koln ... the best of ingredients, fresh oven baking of the pizzas, and some of Koln's best pastas and Italian dishes. On our visit, we got the seafood pizza and a mellanzana pizza - all of which were spectacularly made. Trying the German soft drink Bionade was also our first at this restaurant even though the drink is offered everywhere. The ambiance of the restaurant is quite Italian, and friendly service. The pizza maker was very funny and comedic at times. Extremely talented at spinning the dough ...For anyone seeking a true Italian experience, this is the place to go. Rating: 5 stars out of 5. seafood pizza

Move your body

by IceBear7

It's about heroes, it's about passion, it's about history - it's about sports and the olympics!
you learn a lot about the olympics long time ago, you can sit on a bike in the wind tunnel, you realise how high the world record in pole vault really is, you see a lot of shoes, jerseys, cups and medals and olympic highlights combined with waltz music.
You can also play soccer or basketball on the roof - the highest stadium in Köln!
Really a great experience!!
Oh, and you learn a lot about the German culture as well I think :-)


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