Colonge is a cultural capital of Germany and city enriched with more than 2000 years of history. It is a city of cathedral. If you love to lose yourself in a great museum for a few hours there’s enough art and history to keep you in Cologne for days. You’re going to have to be ruthless and organised just to fit a few in. And for refreshment in between the Romanesque churches and museums, Cologne is the city with the most pubs per person in Germany. The famous Eau de Cologne perfume draws back its origin to this place which has been named after the city itself.
An international pilgrimage site, Cologne Cathedral has held the reliquary of the Three Kings since 1164. In 1248 work started on a new Gothic home for these precious remains, and it was inspired by the ethereal cathedrals of Northern France. There’s a dizzying profusion of invaluable art to see inside, like stained glass windows from the 1500s, the 10th-century Gero-Kreuz crucifix and a black marble high altar from the 1300s carved with niches featuring images from the Coronation of the Virgin. But the gilded shrine of the Three Kings is what draws the crowds.
Make your own perfume:
Cologne has two famous perfume houses: 4711 and Farina. It is possible to buy a bottle from either, but for a special souvenir, head to 4711’s headquarters in Glockengasse and design your own signature smell in one of the workshops. Given every Thursday at 3pm and lasting one hour, the workshops are usually in German. If that’s a bit too much adventure, it’s possible to arrange a private English tutorial.
Rhine river cruises:
It would be a shame to visit this beautiful city without viewing it and its nearby river scenery from a boat on the Rhine. On a one-hour Cologne Sightseeing Cruise, you’ll get unparalleled views of Cologne landmarks, including the twin-spire of Cologne Cathedral, the picturesque buildings of the Old Town, and the Hohenzollern Bridge. One of the most popular things to do in Cologne at night is the Rhine River Evening Panorama Cruise, a leisurely two-hour excursion to see the city aglow with lights. You can enjoy the views as you savor regional specialties from a buffet on board the three-hour Cologne Rhine River Dinner Cruise.
Drink Like a Local in Cologne:
Cologne is home to one of the most refreshing beer styles in all the world: Kolsch. Native to the city, Kolsch-style beers are pale in color and light to medium in body, with a subtle, pleasurable happiness. But the Germans take their beer very seriously, and Kolsch is no exception. Brauhaus Quetsch, Sixpack ,Sunner Keller, Fruh Brewery are a few of the must visit pubs when you happen to be in Cologne.