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Private Tour: Cologne City Highlights
"Start your tour with a pickup from your Cologne hotel and travel into the center of town with your private guide. While relaxing in the comfort of your air-conditioned minivan chat with your guide about the places on your itinerary and if you would perhaps like to focus on one area more than another simply let your guide know.The first stop on your sightseeing tour is Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) the city’s symbolic landmark and one of Germany’s most striking Gothic monuments. Learn about the Roman Catholic cathedral from the outside of the building while admiring its large frontal facade and then head inside to explore independently. After strolling around the captivating place of worship
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Private Tour: Cologne City Highlights
"Start your tour with a pickup from your Cologne hotel and travel into the center of town with your private guide. While relaxing in the comfort of your air-conditioned minivan chat with your guide about the places on your itinerary and if you would perhaps like to focus on one area more than another simply let your guide know.The first stop on your sightseeing tour is Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) the city’s symbolic landmark and one of Germany’s most striking Gothic monuments. Learn about the Roman Catholic cathedral from the outside of the building while admiring its large frontal facade and then head inside to explore independently. After strolling around the captivating place of worship
From EUR64.00
 
Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt
"Board a comfortable coach in Frankfurt and head north on a relaxing 2-hour drive to Cologne in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The old city at the River Rhine is famous for its diverse art scene vibrant nightlife and the annual Cologne Carnival. On arrival in Cologne join a double-decker bus sightseeing tour followed by a guided visit of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom). Learn about the history and impressive architecture of the Cologne Cathedral -- one of the largest Gothic churches in often referred to as the Shrine of the Holy Three Kings.Continue your day trip to Cologne's picturesque historic old town with its Roman buildings and medieval city walls. Your expert guide will tell you about Cologne's 2000-year history and introduce you to top Cologne attractions
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Melaten Friedhof

The origin of the Melaten cemetery is a medieval leper asylum - the deceased were buried here. Also, an executioners square in the vicinity supplying the cemetery with more corpses. In the late 18th century a real cemetery was established here for hygienic reasons. Among the the most famous dead here are the inventor of Eau de Cologne, Johann Farina; the actor Willy Millowitsch; popular writer Heinz Günther Konsalik; members of the Oppenheim (banking) and du Mont (Publishing) families.

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Dec 16, 2013

Walk In The Park & 'Fly' To The Zoo

If the weather is good, take a walk through the Rheinpark and catch a cable car to the Zoo.
Start by crossing the river on the Hohenzollernbrücke and when you get to the end, go down the steps on the left and follow the path beside the river. From here you get a very good view of Cologne across the river. Soon you will come to the Rheinpark which is a lovely place for a rest and a leisurely stroll away from the bustle of the city centre. Walk diagonally across the park and eventually you will come to the cable car station (Seilbahn). The Seilbahn is open from April to October - 10am to 6pm. Tickets cost €3.80 single or €5.50 return - less for children and groups. The ride only takes a few minutes but it's spectacular, giving great views of the park, the river and the city. The station at the other end is directly opposite the Zoo and Botanical Garden and when you've visited them, you can either go back the way you came, walk back beside the river or take the little tourist train back into central Cologne.

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AnnS
Apr 04, 2011

Botanical Garden

The Cologne Botanical Garden is a lovely place to take a rest from the city. Wander around the paths and admire the trees, flowers and lakes and you can also visit the hothouse plant collections. When I was there, I came upon a pair of very brightly coloured parrots sitting in a tree beside the greenhouses and they were happily posing for photographs. Entrance is free and the garden's not too large so you can easily combine it with a trip to the Zoo, which is right opposite.

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Oct 16, 2006

Blücherpark

this area is really amazing: roomy lawns with abundance of room with nice sunlight, the entering parts of the garden is protected by stone lions .

there is a nice football pitch where surrounded by tall trees there are facilities to other sports too, nice pond is located in the middle part of the park, beautiful dukes going here and there on the waters of that’s wonderful pond,

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eranda
Jun 06, 2005
 
 
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Sculpture Park

This small area close to the Cologne zoo contains a beautiful collection of modern sculpture. It is definately worth a visit, not only because it is free! Enter the park from "An der Schanz".

The photo is of my favourite sculpture in the park. It's not the most aesthetically pleasing but it's useful in a thunder storm.

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stiab3
May 21, 2005

Rhine Park

The Rhine park is located on the opposite side of the river to the Dom, so for a start it offers superb views of the Dom and the Dome!

There are playgrounds and benches, its a really beautiful park, really relaxing and extremely scenic.

The Tanzbrunnen is located here, in the summer they have concerts on the huge stage....I would imagine that it would be amazing!

As it was November when we had the pleasure of visiting, we missed this opportunity, but we did see the wondeful golden and brown colours of the park during Autumn...which more than made up for it!

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kentishgirl
Nov 09, 2004

Sculpture Park

The Sculpture Park in Cologne was fantastic!

It houses some fabulous Modern Art, some very weird!! For instance they have a tent there, when I first saw it I instantly thought that somebody had decided to camp in the park! How wrong I was...as we got closer, I noticed the plaque in front of it, with the artists name etc!! As I said.....Very Modern!

Entrance is free!!

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kentishgirl
Nov 09, 2004

Riverfront/Oper der Stadt Koln

The Cologne riverfront area along Frankenverft -- from the Hauptbahnhof to the Maria im Lyskirchen -- is a nice spot for an afternoon stroll. Here there is a wide park with nice walking paths and many locals enjoying the fresh air. At the northern end of this stretch you will see the Cologne Cathedral, then you will pass the more modern Philharmonie and Oper der Stadt Koln (Cologne Opera House). This area also runs along Cologne's Altstadt (old city), so with a quick detour you can find a nice bite to eat or a beer.

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"Fabulous city with huge cultural heritage."
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"Beautiful Cologne"
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"My big neighbour, Cologne (Köln)!"
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Parks etc...

We spent an afternoon sitting in a park by the river Rhine eating Hagen Daas ice cream. There are some odd sculptures to look at, and it looks to be a favourite place to sunbathe, walk, jog and rollerblade. The Altstadt is, I think, mainly reconstructed after WWII, and is now just a bit of a tourist trap, but a nice one nevertheless. Behind the Altstadt is Gross St. Martin church, about which I know nothing except that in my opinion it is more beautiful than the cathedral (controversial?...)

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maykal
Aug 26, 2002

FLORA

FLORA
The Flora is a big botanical garden in Cologne and it is free. You don't have to pay for the entrance. If you like to relax in nature in the town then visit the FLORA.

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Aug 24, 2002

Things to Do Near Cologne

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Groß St. Martin

First church at this place was founded yet in 960 A.D. Present church dedicated to saint martin of Tours was constructed between 1150 and 1250 and this is one of twelve Romanesque Churches of Cologne....
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Römisch-Germanisches Museum

I love Roman-Gremanic Museum next to the Dome. Everybody comes for the Dome, and the Museum is littlebit overseen, but it has lots to offer. Worth spending few hours looking trought This particular...
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Cathedral - Kölner Dom

Cologne's cathedral (Kölner Dom) is one of the most impressive and also biggest churches in Germany. It may even be the biggest one if consider its size and not its height, but I'm not sure about...
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Hohenzollern Brücke

The Hohenzollern Bridge was constructed between 1907 and 1911 and replaced old Cathedral Bridge known as Dombrücke. The new bridge, named Hohenzollernbrücke after the Hohenzollern dynasty, was...
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St. Kunibert's Church

This church dedicated to Saint Kunibert (590-663) who was the tenth bishop of Cologne in Frankish times. He built at this place a church of Saint Clement and later he was buried there. New church was...
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Claudius Therme

This place looks amazing, I spotted it when we were coming into land(?!) in the Rhine park after our cablecar adventure! After seeing it, I heard from various people in our hostel that it was...
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