Cologne is Germany’s oldest city, beautiful and diverse, with many cultural riches, famous museums and places of interest
, Cologne is a good choice for a short city break.
Every year in the Advent season cities and towns in Germany
hold their traditional Christmas markets. You can enjoy musical entertainment and numerous events while shopping for your gifts.
Cologne’s Christmas markets are amongst German’s best, set in and around the city centre, if you are looking for a city break combined with some shopping prior to the festive season
Cologne has plenty to offer its visitors. The medieval market situated near the Chocolate Museum is where you can watch craftsman at work, entertainers and much more.
Enjoy a glass of warming mulled wine as well as the festive atmosphere. Children will enjoy the Alter Market in front of the town hall with its Santa Claus grotto and many different stands. Cologne is a fairly compact city, you will find a wide selection of shops within walking distance of the centre. The Hohe Strasse is a busy shopping street with many small shops that may interest you.
Designer shops can be found on Mittel Strasse and some stylish boutiques at Bazaar de Cologne. If you are looking for jewellery or leather you should find these in the Kolner Laden Stradt. There are also department stores to browse around, plenty of shopping opportunities in the city to suit most people!
The spires of Cologne Cathedral tower over the city, the cathedral was started in 1248 and took over 600 years to build. The interior is amazing with impressive stain glassed windows. You can climb the 509 steps to the top of one of the steeples, if you are feeling fit and energetic; the view at the top is spectacular, well worth doing!
You may want to make time to visit one of the churches, St. Maria im Kapitol is the largest of the 12 Romanesque churches here in Cologne. This church was built on the foundations of a Roman temple in 690AD it houses many treasures including a beautiful crucifix. Behind the church is the Three Kings Archway.
There are several museums in Cologne some municipal and some that are private.
The Wallraf-Richartz Museum Foundation Courboud has a collection of paintings from 1250-1550 plus an important collection of Baroque and impressionist works.
You will probably want to visit the private Imhoff-Stollerck Museum of Chocolate where you will learn all about the manufacturing process of chocolate making. The museum is located above a small chocolate factory. At the end of the tour you can make purchases and get to taste from the chocolate fountain!
You can have some refreshment at one of the cafes and admire the facades of the charming medieval town houses surrounding the old market square. A relaxing way to see and appreciate the city is on a boat trip along the River Rhine.