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Düsseldorf

capital city of the German federated state of North Rhine-Westphalia

28km

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Trier

Place in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

92km

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Maastricht

municipality in the Netherlands

142km

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Land of the Red Rocks

The Land of the Red Rocks (French: Region Terres Rouges), also known as the Esch-sur-Alzette canton, is the furthest southwest region of Luxembourg.

149km

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Frankfurt

city in Germany

200km

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Amsterdam

capital and largest city of the Netherlands

249km

52.3666674.9

Brussels

city and municipality in the Brussels-Capital Region, capital of Belgium

290km

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Sights

Romano-Germanic Museum

Römisch-Germanisches Museum explores the history of Roman history in Cologne and the surrounding area. The permanent exhibition at the museum is closed or on tour, but the Dionysos mosaic and Poblicius tomb can be visited by guided tours Tu-Su at 10:00, 11:00, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00 and 16:30 (€3, reduced €1). Important finds on the history of the city can be seen from the late summer of 2019 in the Belgian House (Cäcilienstraße 46, near Neumarkt).

1.1km

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Cologne Carnival

The Cologne Carnival is a carnival that takes place every year in Cologne, Germany.

Messeturm Köln

514m

50.944444446.96972222

Hohenzollern Bridge

Also called the Locking Bridge. If you walk to the back of the Kölner Dom along a straight path, there is a bridge on the Rhine to your right that is covered in padlocks. The locks are placed there by couples to show their loyalty to each other. Couples often have their names and a significant date inscribed on the locks. There are other places around the world that have "love padlocks".

616m

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Kölner Philharmonie

concert hall in Cologne, Germany

929m

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Cologne Zoological Garden

940m

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Great St. Martin Church, Cologne

966m

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Koelnmesse

company

970m

50.94386.9745

Rheinpark

park in Cologne, Germany

986m

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Cologne Cable Car

cable car in Cologne, Germany

1.0km

50.954444446.97527778

Cologne Cathedral

A UNESCO World Heritage site. It took over 630 years to complete this monumental cathedral. In 1880 the cathedral was finally consecrated. Cologne's Dom is the first sight you will notice when taking the main exit from the central station. (If you don't see it, you've taken the back exit.) If you are in good shape, take the 509 stairs to the top of the south tower. It takes about an hour, so wear comfortable shoes, but it's worth the hike. Touring the cathedral is forbidden during Mass.

1.1km

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Cologne City Hall

1.2km

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Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum

Chocolate museum in Cologne. It's a short visit but very interesting exhibits. Admission €9, concessions €6.50, family pass €25.

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Basilica of St. Ursula, Cologne

1.4km

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Hohe Straße

central shopping street in Cologne, Germany

1.4km

50.938256.95638389

Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Cologne)

The Museum of Applied Art has a collection of popular design items, as well as temporary exhibitions. The historical collections have been closed for several years due to refurbishment and new exhibition concept.

1.5km

50.939763896.95484167

Rheinauhafen

This completely rebuilt area combines modern extravagant architecture with historical harbour buildings. The old Rheinauhafen opened in 1898 and became necessary due to increasing amount of freight traffic. The new Rheinauhafen is a mix of office buildings and apartment buildings and gastronomy. On a peninsula of the Rhine (1 km southern of Heumarkt) it is an invitation for a beautiful walk along the river or for having lunch or dinner. Also see the separate itinerary article for a walking tour.

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St. Andrew's Church, Cologne

1.5km

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Lanxess Arena

music venue and hockey stadium in Cologne, Germany

2.0km

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St. Cecilia's Church, Cologne

today Museum Schnütgen

2.0km

50.9356.95138889

Basilica of St. Severin, Cologne

The oldest Christian foundation in Cologne.

2.0km

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St. Gereon's Basilica, Cologne

The originality of this church lie in its elliptic floor plan and the addition, in 1220, of a decagon between its towers

2.4km

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Käthe Kollwitz Museum (Cologne)

Dedicated to the artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945), the first woman elected to the Prussian Academy of Arts.

2.4km

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Basilica of the Holy Apostles, Cologne

2.6km

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Roonstrasse Synagogue

The synagogue is notable for its architecture that looks, well, right out of Gotham City. The Torah within the synagogue was rescued by a Catholic priest from another synagogue as it was being burned during Nazi rule. In August 2005 Pope Benedict XVI visited the synagogue; he was the second pope to ever visit a synagogue.

3.6km

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Nürburgring

race track in Nürburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany

43km

50.335555566.9475

Cologne Carnival

The Cologne Carnival is a carnival that takes place every year in Cologne, Germany.

Ruhr

urban area in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

70km

51.57.5

Moselle Valley

geographical region in Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg

80km

50.47.6

Middle Rhine Valley

(Mittelrheintal) – part of the Rhine River is a UNESCO Heritage Site between Bingen/Rüdesheim and Koblenz; the valley is famous for its wines

81km

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Bitburg

municipality in Germany

84km

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Cologne

Germany
Cologne is a city on the Rhine river in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is the fourth largest city in Germany with around one million residents. It is one of the nation's media, tourism and business hotspots, and is considered one of the most liberal cities in Germany.

Personal note

I recommend visiting 11th November - for Cologne Carnival festivities. Lots of Kölsch to drink!

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Climate

Average temperatures

Jan

5.4°C-0.6
Precipitation: 62.1 mm

Feb

6.7°C-0.7
Precipitation: 54.2 mm

Mar

10.9°C2
Precipitation: 64.6 mm

Apr

15.1°C4.2
Precipitation: 53.9 mm

May

19.3°C8.1
Precipitation: 72.2 mm

Jun

21.9°C11
Precipitation: 90.7 mm

Jul

24.4°C13.2
Precipitation: 85.8 mm

Aug

24°C12.6
Precipitation: 75 mm

Sep

19.9°C9.8
Precipitation: 74.9 mm

Oct

15.1°C6.7
Precipitation: 67.1 mm

Nov

9.5°C3.1
Precipitation: 67 mm

Dec

5.9°C0.4
Precipitation: 71.1 mm