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Things to do in Cologne, Germany

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

Situated on the banks of the Rhine River in Germany is the historical city of Cologne.  It is a hub of tourist pleasures and the 4th largest city in the country with roughly 1,000,000 residents.  The problem with visiting Cologne is that it can get quite costly if you are not careful when planning your itinerary while visiting the city.  Based on its distinctive cultural flavor, Cologne is also a targeted destination for a variety of local venues.

cologne, germany. st martin's church & cologne cathedral

For instance, it is a “hotspot” where the German business and economic sectors are concerned as well as for the German media and the tourism industry.  Interestingly enough, it is also recognized as Germany “gay capital”. Taking all of this into consideration, we are sure you can easily understand how costly vacationing here could get, so we decided to offer some suggestions so that you can have a more budget-friendly experience while you are visiting one of Germany’s most historical cities.

Attractions and Sightseeing

Cologne is filled with all types of attractions and sightseeing opportunities to keep you busy for days. Here are a few budget-conscious sightseeing options where these venues are concerned:

  • 12 Romanesque Churches – St. Andreas, St. Cäcilien, Groß-St. Martin, St. Maria Lyskirchen, and St. Ursula
  • Die Kölner Synagoge – its striking architectural style make this a Cologne must-see on any vacation itinerary.
  • Kölner Dom – the first sight you will notice when leaving the Central Station.  Entry into the structure is free but they do take donations.
  • Parks – there are two major parks that you need to visit.  Grüngürtel literally circles that portion of town that has existed since Medieval times while the inner Grüngürtel area is better if you are only in the city a few days.
  • Veedel – City Quarters – traditional Bohemian neighborhoods well worth exploring

Galleries and Museums

Steeped in both culture and history, Cologne offers the visitor a wide array of galleries and museums to visit while they are there.  Our top three picks for a budget-minded vacation are the following:

  • Kolumba – by far a wonder of architecture and perfect for aesthetic senses
  • Römisch-Germanisches Museum – features artifacts and information regarding Roman history in the city of Cologne and the surrounding areas.
  • Wallraf-Richartz Museum – see a large collection of fine art from medieval times up to the early 20th century.

Great spots for the whole family

Whether or not this is a family vacation with your children or not, you should still consider the following stops while you are in Cologne:

  • Karneval - the biggest Winter celebration in Cologne
  • Phantasialand – the children will love this place and dads and moms will find some fun rides as well.
  • The Zoo – caters to every age group and makes a great day’s outing.

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Photo of St Martin’s Church and Cologne Cathedral by night by pickselated/Jim (away).

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Venere Travel Blog writer anita choudhary

Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

2 responses to “Things to do in Cologne, Germany”

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  1. Someone says:
    February 13th, 2010 at 9:19 am

    That’s a very good list! It might be worth adding that while there are a number of low cost options, that the Cologne Cathedral is magnificent, and is one of the better free attractions in all of Europe.

  2. Masai mara says:
    February 22nd, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    great travel pictures you have there of Germany. Totally love em.


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