A trip to Cologne, the 4th largest city in Germany, is bound to take you back in time. This beautiful city on the banks of River Rhine traces its history back to 2000 years. The twin spirals of the magnificent Cologne Cathedral , which was started in the 13th century, are now the city’s most significant landmark. What is most remarkable is that the city retains traces of the variou...
A trip to Cologne, the 4th largest city in Germany, is bound to take you back in time. This beautiful city on the banks of River Rhine traces its history back to 2000 years. The twin spirals of the magnificent Cologne Cathedral , which was started in the 13th century, are now the city’s most significant landmark. What is most remarkable is that the city retains traces of the various periods of its past. A typical Cologne tour package will take you through its remains from the Roman period, churches with their Baroque architecture and a wide variety of museums including the fragrance museum, chocolate museum and the Ludwig museum housing some Picasso works. With churches, carnivals, clubs and brewery pubs forming its identity, a holiday in Cologne promises to be a memorable one.
Q.What is the best time to visit Cologne?
A Cologne holiday is best planned for the Spring ( March to June) and Autumn ( September to November) as the weather is ideal for enjoying the various Cologne attractions . This is also when most Carnivals take place. The summer months of July and August are warm, but rains and some crowds may be expected.
Q.What is the ideal duration for Cologne trip?
A three day Cologne holiday package would be ideal for you to experience the best of the city. You can spend 2 exploring the city’s churches and museums, and on the 3rd day choose from one of the many 1 day Cologne excursions to Rhine river valley or Eltz castle etc.
Q.How much does it cost to holiday in Cologne?
A Cologne holiday is not as expensive as some of the other German cities. A 3 day Cologne holiday package would cost about Rs 30,000 per person. Food and drink would cost another Rs 5,000 for the trip. Day trips start at Rs 3,000 per person .
Q.What are the top attractions in Cologne?
The landmark grand Cologne cathedral is one of the most famous of Cologne attractions. Visiting the Ludwig and Wallraf-Richartz museums, the chocolate museum, the Botanical gardens, the National Socialism documentation Centre, strolling around the Old Town, seeing the various cathedrals and traditional houses and the Rhine river cruise are the most popular things to do in Cologne.
Q.What are the top items in Cologne cuisine?
Cologne cuisine is simple, hearty and delicious. A trip to Cologne would be incomplete without trying Halve Hahn – a rye bread with a thick slice of gouda, Himmel un Ääd – a dish of mashed potatoes and apple puree, Hämmche – pork knuckle, Mettbrütche- a breadroll with minced pork. These dishes are best had with a cold glass of Kölsch – local beer.
Q. What is the best way to get around in Cologne?
Cologne has an excellent subway, tram and bus network – the KVB, for getting around in Cologne. Day passes are also available. A Cologne card which combine travel on public transport and discount on entrance tickets would be ideal for visiting the Cologne attractions.
Q.What is the best way to reach Cologne?
You can plan a Cologne excursion by air , train, road or even ship. From India, flights with one stopover are economical and convenient. There are excellent high speed trains arriving in Cologne, which is the best way to reach the Cathedral city. Ships on the River Rhine also stop here.
Q.Is Cologne safe for women and kids?
Cologne is generally safe, and female groups can plan a trip to Cologne, without worry. However, it is safer to take care of one’s belongings and to avoid the Old Town after dark. Law and order is very good.
Q.How to get a Visa to Cologne?
If you are planning a holiday in Cologne you need to apply for a Schengen Visa. This can be done on the German Embassy website. All documents are verified at the Visa application centre, which must be visited after taking an appointment online . The required visa fees has to be paid and visa processing generally takes 15 to 30 calendar days.
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