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A visit to the fun-loving capital of Germany is never boring. For in swinging Cologne there are many cultural activities. What do you think about a guided tour of the Dom? This famous Gothic cathedral is the largest in Germany! And it is also the symbol of the city!
But that is not all! Did you know that you can learn to make Eau de Cologne at a workshop in the famous Perfume House 4711? And that you can really let your hair down in the hippest fashion streets in the Altstadt? You will certainly come home with an entirely new wardrobe!
Still not convinced? Than maybe this will do it: you will always find a party there! Set out on a pub crawl and taste Kölsch beer, the special brew of Cologne. Or descend with your friends on a couple of groovy clubs!
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Museum Ludwig has an exhibition area of approximately 8,000 m². Besides German expressionism, the largest American pop art exhibition outside the United States, one of the largest Russian avant-garde collections in the world and the third largest collection of Picasso’s paintings (after Barcelona and Paris) are the jewels of the collections. In 2012, Museum Ludwig has programmed a huge exhibitions : "David Hockney - A Bigger Picture" (27/10/12 - 03/02/13). Exclusive benefit: pay only € 7,50 to visit Museum Ludwig (instead of € 10) when you present your train ticket to Cologne (Thalys or ICE) issued by SNCB Europe.
Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667 Köln
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Cathedral Platform: standing 100m up, the platform of Cologne Cathedral’s south tower offers an impressive panoramic view of the city – but first you have to climb the 533 steps!
Margarethenkloster 5, 50667 Köln
This Carnival Museum is the biggest in Germany and tells the story of carnival from ancient times to the present day. It has various exhibits on display, including floats, characters and costumes.
Maarweg 134-136, 50825 Köln
Are you the creative type? Then you will have great fun slapping together your own perfume! At the famous 4711 House, they teach you how to make Eau de Cologne. Workshops of 70 to 90 minutes are held Thursdays from 15:00 h. Ganz toll!
Glockengasse 4, 50667 Köln
Day program. 8 a.m.: Breakfast at the hotel. 9 a.m.: Morning walk in Rheinpark. 10 a.m.: Check-in at the Claudius Thermen. 10.15 a.m.: Plunge into the indoor pool. 11 a.m.: Enjoy a steam bath. 11.30 a.m.: Plunge into the outdoor pool. Midday: Warm up in the sauna. 12.30 p.m.: Enjoy a healthy lunch. 2.15 p.m.: Time for some exercise, aquagym! 3 p.m.: Facial and massage. 5 p.m.: Feel refreshed as you leave for home.
Would you love a day like this? Then what are you waiting for! The Claudius Thermen in Rheinpark in Cologne are open daily. Approx. 25 euro a day.
Sachsenbergstrasse 1, 50679 Köln
Recognised as the most beautiful park in Germany, the Rheinpark stretches over 40 hectares along the Rhine. With its expansive lawns and several playgrounds, it’s the perfect place to relax in a natural setting.
Rechtes Rheinufer, 50679 Köln
A trip on the Rhine somewhat too cliché for you? Then make that a trip with the highly sophisticated Kölner Seilbahn. From mid March to November you can enjoy a fabulous view of the entire city. Your arrival puts you at the centre of the Rhein Park. Not recommended for people who fear heights!
Riehler Straße 180, 50735 Köln
Don’t forget to have a glass of Kolsch ale at a local beer cellar. Warum? Darum! And also because sales of this specialty are forbidden outside Cologne. Naturally, there is a typical regional dish to go with this unique beer. How about half a Hahn, Himmel und Äad of Rheinischer Soorbrode? Herrlich!
You can find authentic Kölsch beer in most local pubs. We recommend the Päffgen brewery where they brew their own Päffgen Kölsch beer.
Brauerei Päffgen GmbH & Co. KG, Friesenstraße 64-66, 50670 Köln
For more than 20 years, Wiener Steffie has been providing Cologne’s best nights out. With live performances and DJs, this nightspot offers a unique blend of songs in the local dialect, favourite German hits and contemporary music. Give it a go for a unique experience at the heart of Cologne’s nightlife!
Quatermarkt 5, 50667 Cologne
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