Cologne's skyline is dominated by the soaring twin spires of its cavernous cathedral, an iconic example of Gothic architecture and one of Germany's most popular visitor attractions. But there's much more to this ancient riverside city than old world opulence.

    The Cologne of today is famously friendly, fun-loving and liberal, with the country's biggest springtime carnival and a loud, proud LGBT community. Nightlife options run the gamut from traditional beer halls to underground techno clubs, while warmly welcoming restaurants serve up hearty local dishes like crispy pork knuckle and succulent schnitzel.

    Where & what to eat in Cologne

    • 10 Great Restaurants in Cologne

      Great restaurants in Cologne look out over the mighty River Rhine and offer some of the best dining experiences in the city. Some of the standout establishments fill half-timbered buildings in the city’s atmospheric Old Town and others repurpose lofty warehouses left redundant by industrial change. The dishes created by the city’s most talented chefs are as varied as...

    Where to go & what to do at night in Cologne

    • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Cologne

      The best things to do after dinner in Cologne are mostly found in the city’s Old Town. The Belgian Quarter or Friesen Quarter are also enticing places to explore at night, with scenic streets lined with a lively mix of shops, bars, pubs, and nightclubs. Bar-hoppers could try a taste of the local pale ale called Kölsch, which is...

    Useful information

    • Cologne Travel Essentials

      Our Cologne Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help you plan your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Germany. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I...

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