Cheap flights to Cologne
When it comes to real beauty the German city of Cologne wins first prize. Sat right on the Rhine, and boasting all the boat rides and riverside charm you’d expect, it’s a perfectly up-to-date medieval town.
It has all the spectacular sights, age-old wonder and breathtaking buildings of a historical setting, put together with modern lifestyle, some truly edgy and interesting nightspots, and a rich and varied selection of art and culture.
Even just taking a quick stroll though the city will take you past spectacular medieval cathedrals, Roman ruins, the multi-coloured buildings of the Altstadt, or old town to you and me, and plenty of interesting museums and galleries. That is, of course, provided you haven’t been lured away by its clutch of unique boutiques, trendy second-hand stores or chic designer outlets.
Upwards of three quarters of a million people regularly turn out for Christopher Street Day, which is what liberal, multicultural Cologne calls its annual gay pride festival. This year the festivities climax with a colourful parade through the city on Sunday 6 July.
For a taste of Cologne's offbeat, multicultural side far from the usual tourist haunts, take a stroll along Venloer Strasse into Ehrenfeld, where you'll find everything from vintage fashion at Polysterschock in Geisselstrasse to cheeky slogan tshirts at Ehrenfeld Apparel in Körnerstrasse.
Have two city breaks for the price of one with a day trip to Cologne's stylish neighbour (and deadly rival) Düsseldorf, just half an hour away by train and packed with art, fashion and excellent places to eat and drink. duesseldorf-tourismus.de