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Cologne: 10 Must-Visit Attractions

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Hey there, get ready to soak in the vibrant atmosphere of Cologne. From the awe-inspiring Cologne Cathedral to the laid-back charm of Rheinauhafen, this city has something for everyone. Join us as we explore the top 10 must-visit spots, adding a touch of zest to your Cologne experience.

Welcome to Cologne, the hip German city nestled on the banks of the Rhine River, where history, culture, and modern charm come together. Whether you're a culture aficionado, a foodie with an appetite for adventure, or simply seeking a romantic getaway, Cologne invites you to discover its hottest spots. 

1. Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)

No visit to Cologne is complete without marvelling at the awe-inspiring Cologne Cathedral. This Gothic masterpiece is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and dominates the city's skyline. Take a guided tour to learn about its history and architecture, and don't forget to climb to the top for breathtaking views of the city.

2. Rhine River Cruise

Why not spice up your adventure with a Rhine River Cruise? Imagine panoramic views of the city, the Rhine, charming villages, and a vineyard or two. Ruby Ella's central location on Hohenzollernring puts you right at the doorstep of this aquatic escapade.

3. Ludwig Museum

Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Ludwig Museum, home to an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art. Works by Picasso, Warhol, and Lichtenstein are on display, making it a must-visit for those seeking a cultural experience.

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4. Cologne Old Town (Altstadt)

Wander through the narrow cobblestone streets of Cologne's Old Town, where you'll discover a charming blend of medieval architecture and modern boutiques. Pause at the Alter Markt square for a taste of local cuisine at one of the traditional breweries or cafes.

5. Chocolate Museum (Schokoladenmuseum)

Indulge your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Museum, a delicious adventure on the banks of the Rhine. After your chocolate fix, retreat to the comfort of Ruby Ella on Hohenzollernring for a sweet ending to your day.

6. Cologne Zoo (Kölner Zoo)

For a family-friendly outing, head to the Cologne Zoo. Home to over 10,000 animals representing around 700 species, the zoo offers a delightful experience for visitors of all ages. Don't miss the chance to explore the expansive Elephant Park and get lost in the wonders of the Rainforest Hall. This animal kingdom bonanza will leave you grinning from ear to ear.

7. Hohenzollern Bridge

Calling all lovebirds. Take a stroll across the iconic Hohenzollern Bridge, where romance is in the air and thousands of love locks tell tales of everlasting love. Let the stunning views of the cathedral and the Rhine River set the stage for some unforgettably romantic moments. Capture a memorable moment by adding your own lock to the collection.

Cologne romantic lock bridge

8. Flora and Botanical Garden

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city in the peaceful surroundings of the Flora and Botanical Garden. This green oasis is perfect for a leisurely walk, with beautifully landscaped gardens and a variety of plant species from around the world.

9. Rheinauhafen

Welcome to one of the cool and contemporary sides of Cologne – Rheinauhafen. This revitalised harbour area is a feast for the eyes, boasting sleek architecture and a modern vibe. Take a leisurely stroll along the waterfront, soak in the views of the unique Kranhäuser buildings, and dive into the vibrant energy of the cafes and shops in the area.

10. Cologne Cable Car (Kölner Seilbahn)

To cap off your adventure in style, here's another standout experience. Gain a unique perspective of the city by taking a ride on the Cologne Cable Car. Glide gracefully over the Rhine River and immerse yourself in panoramic views of Cologne and its iconic landmarks. This experience is especially breathtaking during the enchanting sunset hours. The Cologne cable car – known as the Kölner Seilbahn in German – operates from April to October, welcoming visitors between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., with the final round trip departing at 5:45 p.m. Don't miss the chance to elevate your Cologne visit.

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