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The train station is right next to the cathedral. I think we got to Cologne in 1950 from Amsterdam. I know that when I went to Europe in 1964, I landed in Cologne and took the train down along the Rhine to Frankfurt. I got some kind of sausage sandwich for lunch there before I left. I was traveling on a Eurail pass.
Now, the station is enormous and has a large shopping mall called the Colonaden.
Transportation from the Cologne Central Train Station:
To the Cologne-Bonn Airport:
Train: S13 every 20 minutes approximately
Bus: 670 every 20 minutes approximately
To other railway stations from the Cologne Central Train Station:
Train: S6, S11, S12, S13
Cities commonly traveled to from this station:
Trains that use this station
City Night Line
* Telephone stands
Location: main concourse
International Code: 011
Country Code: 49
City Code: 221
* Wi-Fi service: Hotspot
Cologne Tourist Office
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9 am to 10 pm
Saturday & Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm
Baggage consignment: Available
Lost & Found:Available
Eateries are available throughout the station.
Updated Jun 1, 2012
We took a trip down the Rhine from Cologne in 1950. My father was fascinated by the ruined castles and vineyards, and he also took photos of various bridges and boats. We also saw the famous Loreley Rock where the legend says the legendary beautiful mermaid combed her long blonde hair and sang, luring fishermen to their death onto the rocks, but if we have a photo of that, I haven't found it.
You can also take a round trip from Cologne down the river a little way and then come back to Cologne.
The trip was too slow for me - I liked the train trip better
Updated Jun 1, 2012
Waterfront is definately my favourite environment, I was born and grown up in the coastal town and it must be in my blood and soul. No matter if seashore or riverbank it makes me feel good and relaxed if around.
Rhine is really huge, didnt expect it to be so wide. I regret not to have take boat tour along the river but unfortunatelly it was really too cold for me. A fellow Vter told me there are nice cabins on the boats, warm and comfortable, but I just can't stay closed in a cabin if on the boat. It has nothing to do with klaustrophobia, its just that I must feel wind on my face if on the boat.
Written Nov 15, 2011
The transportation is very easy in Köln. The train connection to neigbouring cities is so practical. You don't need to ask to anyone, just go to Hauptbahnhof (Central Train Station) and have a look at the schedule list which can be found everywhere. In addition, there are DB digital-machines at Hauptbahnhof, in which you can find very detailed information. Please note that, there are four languages options in these machines. (English, German, French and Turkish)
If you have a match ticket, whole public transportation in through the city is free. It starts three hours before the match until midnight. On the other hand, it provides free travelling among Nordrhein-Westfalen region except IC & ICE.
Updated Nov 7, 2011
Cologne has its own airport, the Cologne/Bonn airport. But there are many nearby airport that are very accessible too, so it's worth shopping around for the best deal. Dusseldorf also has a major international airport, with destinations on four continents, and you can be in Cologne in about 30-40 minutes from there. Less accessible is Weeze Airport, popular with budget airlines, especially Ryanair. Even Frankfurt airport, the second busiest in Europe, is only about an hour away by direct ICE express train.
Cologne/Bonn airport isn't as busy as Dusseldorf but it's a little more convenient and has a lot of destinations served by two of Germany's high quality budget airlines: Air Berlin and Germanwings. These serve a host of major European cities, including Budapest, London and Copenhagen. They are joined by a number of other budget airlines, like EasyJet and Wizz Air, as well as a small number of national airlines, including Turkish Airlines, Air France and even Iran Air.
To get to Cologne from the airport take S-Bahn Line 7 to Porzmarkt and then Bus 161 to the airport. For Bonn just take Bus SB60.
Updated Oct 22, 2011
Koln has many assets. However one that makes it particularly pleasant is its flatness and many bicycles lanes. While not quite as apparent as Amsterdam or Brussels, Koln has many bicycle lanes that make seeing some of the sights like the many churches and museums very quick.
There are several sites within downtown to rent from and expect to pay approximately 2 euros an hour, 10 euros a day, or approximately 40 euros a week and up depending on the bike you choose. An excellent list with maps of bike tours in and around Koln is provided at the following web site;
Be particularly careful when riding your bike on one of the cities bridges. For some reason, the pavement is particularly slippery on these.
As everywhere make sure you rent a secure lock if you park the bike in the Koln.
Written Oct 18, 2011
Conveniently located not far from the train station is the Cologne (Koln) Tourist Information Centre (Koln Turismio). The office is located at Unter Fettenhennen 19, Cologne, 50667, Germany, DE
(Tel: +49 0221 2213 0400) and several of the staff there speak English. One of the things they will recommend purchasing there is the Koln Card. While the card offers many discounts to museums and other places in Koln if you there for just a day or two I really don't think it is worth it. However add up the places you want to go, figure the cost and decide on your own!
Written Oct 10, 2011
Phone: +49 0221 2213 0400
One better travel into Cologne city by train, airplane, helicopter, parachute or anything but car.
But if one like to stick to one's car (like I did), one better forget about parking spots in that city's center. There are parking houses but they are very tiny, and ok only for those that drive small vehicles. Yet there are comfortable parking places along Aachener Strasse, which is way out of town's center (around housing numbers 300 to 400). Cost is up to 4 euro for 4 hrs. To get into town after parking the car there, one can jump on the tram (direction Heumarkt) that rides along Aachener Strasse. Take a look at BillNJ's Transportation tips, link below.
Updated Aug 26, 2011
Located next to the Cathedral, the Cologne Hauptbahnhof (central train station) is an important local, national and international transportation hub. The Hauptbahnhof is an extremely busy place with trains and trams arriving and departing on many different platforms. The station's building also hosts a large shopping mall, the Colonaden.
The station broadcasts instructions and information in both German and English. Also, the personnel at the information desk in the station are fluent English speakers.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
A great way of travelling around Cologne is on the jolly little miniature train - Wolters Bimmelbahnen. It's actually not a train because it runs on large rubber wheels but the ride is a lot of fun, albeit bumpy, as it threads its way through the streets of Cologne. You can buy a ticket for a single destination or a 'hop on, hop off' all day ticket. It starts in front of the Cathedral and you buy tickets from the driver. There's the "Schoko-Express" which visits the Chocolate Museum, the "Zoo Express" and at Christmas, the "Weihnachtsmarkt-Express" which visits the four Cologne Christmas markets. Further details are available from the Cologne Tourist Office, also situated in front of the Cathedral.
Updated Apr 4, 2011
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