Cologne City Breaks

A thriving metropolis with world-class art galleries, fabulous shopping, cosy CHristmas Markets, a fun-loving population, good beer and a vibrant alternative scene - Cologne is a surprisingly well-kept travel secret.

Insider Tip

During the summer Cologne is perfect for a picnic and its many bus parks can be inviting places for lunch on a sunny afternoon. Throughout December, Christmas markets fill the streets with festive spirit and are ideal for finding traditional German Christmas decorations

Cologne city map

Must See


must see in cologne

Spend time wandering around the awe-inspiring Gothic masterpiece - the Dom (Cathedral). 

Spend time browsing the quirky boutiques for that special gift or trendy piece of clothing.

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Must Do

must do in cologne

Visit the Philharmonic Hall and listen to one of the daily performances, from modern classical to jazz, folk and pop music.

Visit the Chocolate Museum, learn all about your favourite food - and eat it!

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Food & Drink

food and drink in cologne

Cologne is bursting with great places to eat and as a result of its ethnic diversity, the city boasts many fine Turkish, Italian and Japanese restaurants. Many cafe style places line Cologne's streets, and are open early enough to serve a German breakfast of bread, meat and cheese, while the bakeries also open early for coffee and pastries. The Brauhauser (traditional brewery pub) are great places to sample local delicacies, although it is a good idea to book because of their popularity.

For a traditional dish try pork knuckle with pickled cabbage and mashed potato washed down with a chilled glass of Kolsch, a light and tasty top fermented beer.




shopping in cologne

The city has a maze of shopping streets reserved just for pedestrians and once you get started it will be a while before you will want to find your way out.

International and German designer names are well represented, as are stores packed with cheap up to the minute fashion and brightly lit shops loaded with top cosmetic brands.

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