Cathedrals, Kölsch & cool things to do in Cologne


Think cathedrals and coffee shops, bridges and bierhauses, pretzels and parks. Here’s what to see and do on a Cologne city break.

The spiral stone staircase will take you up the tower, through the bell tower and into the spire for some killer views of Cologne and across the Rhine.

Climb the Cathedral for Killer Views of Cologne

Our guide showed us some hidden Cologne classics and intrigued us with tales of the city’s history.

Take a Cologne walking tour with a local

Hohenzollern Bridge is the arched bridge which crosses the Rhine between the cathedral and KölnTriangle. It has become another ‘love lock’ bridges.

Wander over Love Lock Bridge

Wander down cute cobblestone alleyways and past pastel-coloured buildings now home to restaurants, boutiques, galleries and cafes.

Explore Cologne’s Old Town – Altstadt

Our flight was delayed for three hours so that soft doughy pretzel was delicious to nibble on at the airport and kept me going until the flight.

Pick up a Pretzel

The disused port area has been converted into a creative zone with cool buildings and converted warehouses.

Explore New Cologne

The museum was set up by Peter and Irene Ludwig in the 1980s who donated their multi-million dollar art collection.

Visit the Ludwig Museum

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