Cologne

Cologne offers great nightlife, a wide selection of historic sites and museums and excellent shopping. Cologne, with a cityscape dominated by the Cologne Cathedral, has a vibrant intellectual community and is a favorite destination for young as well as old who flock to the city to enjoy the numerous activities, the great location on the Rhine and the regional cuisine.

==== COLOGNE – SIGHTSEEING

The Cologne Cathedral – The Koeln Dom – Germany’s largest cathedral, the Cologne Cathedral took over 600 years to complete, starting in 1248. The Cologne Cathedral is 144 meters long, 86 meters wide and has 157 meter-tall spires. The Cathedral houses the relics of the 3 wise men as well as countless other artifacts. Make sure you take the roof tour as it is unforgettable and well worth the climb.

Roman-Germanic Museum – The Roman-Germanic Museum of Cologne houses numerous treasures from the period when the Romans inhabited the Rhine Valley. Mosaics, antiquities paying homage to Roman gods, pottery, and jewelry are all on display. Don’t miss the magnificent Dionysus mosaic and try to pick up the key to explore the Jewish bath under the Rathaus (town hall).

Ludwig Art Museum – The Ludwig, Cologne’s Art Museum, is home to one of the world’s largest collections of the works of Pablo Picasso, bested only by Paris and Barcelona. The museum houses a great collection of modern art from Dali to Lichtenstein and Warhol and is a beautiful piece of architecture in and of itself.

Cologne City Gates and City Walls – The Cologne City Gates were built in medieval times and three of the original twelve still remain,the Severinstor, the Eigelsteintor and the Hahnentor. The Cologne City Gates give you an idea of what it must have been like to have lived in a walled city. City walls still remain from the Romans and a visit to the City Gates is a must for history enthusiasts.

==== COLOGNE – CARNIVAL

Cologne hosts a three month long carnival (starting on November 11th and ending on Shrove Tuesday, which is the official beginning of the Cologne Mardi Gras – A 4 or 5 day party that is well worth the visit. Regardless of the time of year you can imbibe in Koelsch, Cologne’s famous beer or sit down for a meal of Eisbein (pigs knuckles, sauerkraut and potatoes).

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