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.
For more than forty years Kölner Haie have been a fixture on the German ice hockey scene and have become one of Europe's best-known teams. The 2016-17 season is already underway, with no fewer than seven home fixtures at the impressive LANXESS Arena.
If your time in Cologne is limited, head for the area around Domplatte. The world-famous cathedral aside, it's also here that you'll find two of the city's finest museums: the Römisch-Germanisch museum with its spectacular Roman mosaics and antiquities, and the Museum Ludwig, which has a world-beating collection of pop art.
Lush with oak, ash, beech, maple and lime and dotted with ponds and waterways, the 200-hectare, forest-like Stadtwald in Lindenthal is part of Cologne's green belt. It is a spectacular expanse of parkland, loved by picnickers and joggers alike. There are pony rides for kids plus a zoo with deer, donkeys, sheep and highland cattle.
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