The magnificent Cologne Cathedral
The magnificent Cologne Cathedral hovers above the roofs and chimneys of the city. It is not only used as a point of orientation but is the pride of the people in Cologne.
The old town
During World War II approximately 72 percent of the city area of Cologne was destroyed. The city centre, full of rubble, resembled a horrible battlefield – the picturesque part of the Old Town was destroyed nearly completely and had to be rebuild in drudgingly precious work.
Cologne was built on ground that is steeped in history. Take a trip through 2000 years of history and visit cultural monuments from the Roman Empire to modern times.
For several years now, love locks have been considered one of Cologne’s most charming traditions. As proof of their love, couples fix padlocks to the railings on the Hohenzollern Bridge; to ensure everlasting love, they then throw the key into the Rhein river below.
The varied programme offered by the Cologne Tourist Board includes exciting and informative tours to suit all tastes, from the experience tour to the art history tour around Cologne’s Romanesque churches or see Cologne’s best attractions with a Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.
The nightlife in Cologne is pulsating and with more than 70 clubs and party hot spots it offers something for everybody, from jazz, reggae and R&B to techno. The countless bars, restaurants and brewhouses also invite visitors to party.
Cologne Zoo was founded in 1860 and is one of the oldest – yet also one of the most modern – zoological gardens with an elephant park covering 20,000 m² and the Hippodom, a unique recreation of an African river valley landscape with hippos, Nile crocodiles and antelopes
One of the most famous museums of Cologne is the Museum Ludwig, which is one of the ten municipal ones. But there are also many ecclesiastical and private museums in this cathedral city. Once a year in autumn the “Long night of the museums” takes place.
Cologne has 30 stages, 14 theatres for children and young attendees plus 20 dance groups captivate their audience with most diversified programmes.
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