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To reach Cologne from Berlin, the national capital, you'd need to head 470 kilometres to the southwest. Another good point of reference is Leverkusen, which lies 10 kilometres to the north.
If you're travelling with the whole family, outings to Phantasialand and the MMC Studios are guaranteed to make you popular. Are the little ones still up for more? Don't stop yet. Keep them busy with a visit to Terrassen-Freibad and Aggua Troisdorf.
You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy an excursion to the Cologne Zoo! Both young and old will have plenty of opportunities to come face-to-face with its fascinating inhabitants through a series of well-thought-out exhibits.
Learn a few things about the area's native flora while you vibe off the manicured gardens at the Japanischer Garten.
From a friendly game of football to simply sprawling out on the grass, there are loads of reasons to visit a green spot like Forstbotanischer Garten Koln or Carl-Duisberg-Park. You can also kick back with a magazine and watch life go by at Turnicher Castle Park and Volksgarten.
Why not take a leisurely stroll around Stockheimer Hof Recreational Area or Fühlinger See? Or, you could just sit beside the water's edge and keep a lookout for native birdlife.
If your connection to nature has been feeling a little frayed lately, plan a visit to Flittarder Rheinaue.
Unique displays are just waiting to be seen at the Chocolate Museum and Fruit Museum. They're calm places to unwind or escape a bad-weather day. The Keramion Museum and the Cologne Carnival Museum are also top choices for museum buffs.
Showcasing an assortment of the latest and greatest in scientific innovations, the Odysseum offers everything you need to keep your brain buzzing.
As everybody knows, our revolving planet is an extraordinary place. Nowhere is this more evident than in the overflowing display cabinets at the Romano-Germanic Museum and the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum.
Art admirers journey from across the globe to appreciate Cologne's sensational collections, and the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and the Museum Ludwig are often among the first stops on their lists. If you're feeling inspired, continue on to the Museum of Applied Art and the Museum of East Asian Art.
Take a step back through time and get to know the characters and events that have helped shape this region at the Cologne City Museum and the Bilderbuchmuseum Burg Wissem. For another insight into the days of old, also stop by the Bergisches freilichtmuseum Lindlar and the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum.
To truly get a feel for the background of Cologne, set aside some time to visit City Hall and the Cologne Triangle Panorama. The National Socialist Documentation Center and Melaten-Friedhof are also worth wandering around.
Discover the mighty stronghold of Cologne Fort Museum. Learn about its impressive defence mechanisms and let your imagination run riot thinking about the historic military operations that took place right where you're standing.
As you'll see from their grand façades, money was of no concern when it came to constructing Augustusburg Castle and Schloss Bruehl. If they sound like your cup of tea, Brühl Palaces will also impress.
Castle Park Gleuel appears as though it belongs in a fairytale. Stop in and imagine what it must have been like to spend a life in this grandiose fortification. Falkenlust Castle and Palaces Augustusburg and Falkenlust are a couple more that are worthy of a few snaps.
You don't need to have faith to be drawn to Cologne Cathedral and Great St. Martin Church, two attractions noted for their historical and spiritual value. In addition, see if there are any tours available at the Cologne Synagogue and St Maria im Kapitol.
You may think there's nothing left to visit after seeing Cologne's most renowned attractions, but don't hop on that plane home just yet. There are still lots of things to check out. Why not venture to Hohenzollern Bridge and the Cologne Cable Car? Rheinau Harbour and Bensberg Town Hall are a few more places to put on your radar.
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Whether you're splurging on your honeymoon or looking for budget vibes, Cologne has you covered! For a cosy room at a cheerful rate, have a squiz at THE QVEST hideaway or the Jugendherberge Köln-Deutz City- Hostel. However, if you're the type who likes to live in the lap of luxury on holiday, the Excelsior Hotel Ernst The Leading Hotels of the World or the Humboldt1 Palais-Hotel & Bar might be a better fit.
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