Cologne City breaks

The fourth-largest city in Germany, Cologne, has a history spanning approximately two millennia and is a prime destination for Germany city breaks. The city is endowed with dozens of fantastic museums and boasts one of the oldest universities in Europe. Despite extensive redevelopment following the Second World War, Cologne has preserved and carefully restored some of its historic landmarks in the second half of the 20th century, adding to its charm and appeal for visitors on Cologne city breaks and those exploring Germany city breaks. This blend of ancient and modern makes Cologne a unique and fascinating city to visit.

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The Cathedral

Probably the most noteworthy historic site in the city is its enormous cathedral, which is almost 145 metres long and one of the largest Gothic churches in Europe. Although work began on this structure in the mid-13th century, it was not completed until more than 600 years later, in 1880, when it held the prestigious title of the tallest building in the world. The building, which is on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list, offers spectacular views of the city centre from its 98-metre-high viewing deck, although the church's towers are nearly 160 metres high.

Museum Ludwig

If you're a fan of Warhol and Picasso, don't forget to visit the Museum Ludwig, which opened in 1976 and is adjacent to the cathedral. This venue also houses many artworks from the renowned New York-born pop artist Roy Lichtenstein, and awards the Wolfgang Hahn Prize to one international artist each year at the Art Cologne fair.

The Romano-Germanic Museum

Opened in 1946, the Romano-Germanic Museum has many intriguing Roman remains and has been based at its current location, next to the cathedral, since the 1970s. Here, you can observe ancient mosaics, the remnants of an ancient villa, and many other preserved architectural remains that are nearly 2,000 years old.

The Wallraf-Richartz Museum

A must-see for art lovers, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum has a vast collection of fine art dating from the late Middle Ages to the 20th century, from Gothic masterpieces to enlivening Renaissance paintings. The venue, which was founded in the 1870s and is the oldest museum in the city, tells the story of the Northern Renaissance, and offers detailed explanations of each artwork, in German and English.

 

Eating out in Cologne

The city is known for its excellent Italian restaurants, some of the most popular of which are the Zippiri Gourmetwerkstatt & Wein-Bar, the Pasta Bar, and Marcellino. For divine Asian flavours, you could dine at the Bulgogi Haus, or try Plomari for other terrific Greek-inspired dishes.

 

Hotels in the city

Perfect choices for romantic city breaks in Cologne include the princely Excelsior Hotel Ernst, the chic, contemporary and very conveniently located Stern am Rathaus, and the friendly, deluxe Hyatt Regency Cologne. Meanwhile, for more affordable accommodation, you could consider the boutique Hotel Ludwig or the Ameron Hotel Regent.