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Cologne Germany - five great places to see by Kim
|Are you considering a visit
to Germany? Why not visit the city of Cologne. It has a history which goes
back to the Roman era. Located next to river Rhine and the fourth largest
city in Germany it offers good a connection to the nearby cities of Düsseldorf
and Bonn. Cologne is also linked with Amsterdam, Brussels, London and Paris
by Thalys, ICE and Eurostar High Speed trains. The Frankfurt airport has
a direct service to Cologne and is within one hour by ICE trains.
Cologne has plenty to offer
in terms of entertainment and culture. The following places are certainly
The Gothic Cathedral,
also known as the Dom, is the city's most famous landmark and also
a well known architectural monument in Germany. It is 144 metres long and
86 meters wide and has two spires that are 157 metres in height. Construction
began in 1248 to house the relics of the Magi, the Dom was not completed
until 1880. The completion of the cathedral was celebrated as a national
event. Despite changing architectural styles through the centuries, the
result is essentially Gothic. Situated in the centre of Cologne, from the
top of the Dom's south tower there are panoramic views across the city
and surrounding area. Open daily from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, except during
The most impressive attraction
in the Roman-Germanic Museum is the 70 square metre Dionysos-Mosaik.
The mosaic, once the floor of the main room of a large Roman villa dating
from the third century, was discovered in 1941 during excavation work for
an air-raid shelter. The Museum, which was opened in 1974 and is situated
near the Kölner Dom, boasts a collection of prehistoric, ancient and
medieval finds. The exhibitions give an insight into the daily life, beliefs
and customs of long-forgotten cultures. An unusual feature is the collection
of Roman glassware.
|Cologne is the city of live
music and concerts, with music from all periods from all over the world
and in the most diverse stylistic schools and movements performed here
every day. The powerfully pulsating heart of this Cologne music culture,
is the philharmonic hall built in the cathedral mound, which seats 2000
people. Since its opening in 1986, it has become one of the leading international
concert halls. The 'Philharmonie' concert hall has at least one
performance scheduled for virtually every day of the year. Recitals range
from chamber music to jazz, folk and pop, with a house policy of encouraging
lesser-known, new and unusual music.
The city hall in Alter
Markt (Old Square) dates from 1330 but has a tower from the 15th century
and a Renaissance facade from the 16th century.
Having been damaged during
the Second World War, part of the 14th-century Renaissance building was
rebuilt. Cologne artisans concentrated particularly on restoring the City
Hall tower, and thanks to their donations the City Hall got restored properly.
Statues of emperors, popes, poets and academics - and also of women's rights
campaigners - look down from the tower on the busy square below.
The Old Market lies
in the heart of the old town. Surrounded by bars and restaurants, it hosts
a variety of events all year round: home to the Christmas market during
the festive season and the Medienburgerfestival in the summer, the Old
Market is perhaps best known for the Carnival which begins here at 11.11
am on the 11th day of the 11th month. This is when Cologne goes completely
crazy. During the Middle Ages, the Old Market was Cologne's commercial
centre, and the nearby butter market, fish market and hay market were some
of its subsidiaries. Nowadays, it is simply a focal point for tourists
who flock here to witness the comings and goings around the market fountain.
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Comfort Hotel Köln / Monheim
Experience the comfortable
accommodation blended with a warm hospitality and unsurpassed service at
the ACHAT Hotel Cologne Monheim. Situated centrally in Monheim, this
property is just few minutes drive from the Cologne and Dusseldorf.
This hotel features 89 exceptional accommodation units that are tastefully
crafted with contemporary amenities to ensure you immense pleasure throughout
your stay. Guests can relish delicious cuisine in an elegant setting
of the on-site restaurant. The cosy bar is an ideal place to unwind with
an exotic drink after a busy day. The ACHAT Hotel Cologne Monheim
provides a meeting room for guests to host their business meetings with
a capacity of 50 persons.
Cologne City Center (ex Crowne Plaza) Cologne
Situated in Cologne, this
business-friendly hotel is near Volkstheater Millowitsch and Cologne Synagogue.
Additional attractions include Cologne Cathedral. Dining options at Barcelo
Cologne City Center (ex Crowne Plaza) include a restaurant and a bar/lounge.
Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include
a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. This 4.5-star property has
a business center and offers audio-visual equipment. Wireless Internet
access is available in public areas. This Cologne property has event space
consisting of banquet facilities and conference/meeting rooms. Additional
property amenities include valet parking, a concierge desk, and laundry
Hotel a Le Meridien Hotel Cologne
This hotel is located close
to the airport. Attractions in the neighborhood include Cologne Cathedral,
Romano-Germanic Museum, and City Hall. Additional attractions include Alter
Markt. Dining options at Dom Hotel a Le Meridien Hotel include a restaurant
and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. This 5.0-star
property has a business center and offers small meeting rooms, secretarial
services, and limo/town car service. This Cologne property has event space
consisting of banquet facilities, conference/meeting rooms, and a ballroom.
The property offers an airport shuttle (surcharge). Guest parking is available
for a surcharge. Additional property amenities include a library, valet
parking, and a concierge desk.
The Hotel is located in
the heart of the city, near to the famous Cologne rings and is only 15
minutes from the cathedral and the old town. The Flandrischer Hof Cologne
is only moments away from Hohe Strasse, a lively boulevard where guests
can shop for clothes, jewellery and shoes The hotel is also close to the
Kathe Kollwitz Museum, which displays the work of one of Cologne's foremost
artists. There are 195 comfortable guestrooms at the hotel have a
bright decor with beech wood furnishings and and equipped with several
modern amenities. Guests can dine at the in-house restaurant that
serves local and Belgian style dishes. Later you can also chill out with
a sip of your favourite drink including cocktails at the on-site bar and
enjoy a snack.
Inn Cologne - Am Stadtwald
Overlooking the lake, this
property with its peaceful and comfortable accommodation offers you an
ideal opportunity to relax in a country's atmosphere. Situated in
the city forest of Cologne, in the centre of a park landscape, the Holiday
Inn is just 4 kilometres from the train station and 18 kilometres from
the airport. Beautifully decorated, the guestrooms are elegantly
furnished and well-equipped with an array of modern amenities that a discerning
traveller would expect. You can dine at the onsite restaurant that
serves international as well as regional cuisine and later relax with a
fine drink in the pleasant ambience of the bar.
New Yorker Hotel Cologne
This Cologne boutique hotel
is near Cologne Zoo, Great St. Martin Church, and Romano-Germanic Museum.
Additional attractions include Cologne Cathedral. Recreational amenities
include a sauna and a fitness facility. Wireless Internet access is available
in public areas. This Cologne property has event space consisting of banquet
facilities, conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and exhibit
space. Guest parking is complimentary. Additional property amenities include
a library, a bar/lounge, and multilingual staff. There are 40 guestrooms
at The New Yorker Hotel. Bathrooms feature makeup/shaving mirrors, complimentary
toiletries, and hair dryers. Guestrooms offer direct-dial phones and in-room
safes. Televisions have satellite channels and pay movies.
Ccl Koenigshof Cologne
Offering modern amenities
and personalized services, Koenigshof Hotel Cologne is a home away from
home for discerning travellers. Conveniently located in the heart
of Cologne, this property is within walking distance from the train station,
shopping centres, domes, museums as well as the Opera House. This
property encompasses luminous accommodation units that are artfully accomplished
with essential amenities to ensure exquisite ambience throughout your stay.
Guests can savour enticing breakfast served at the breakfast room as well
as relax over an excellent collection of fine drinks at the elegant bar.
You can have plethora of fun by visiting the Cologne Cathedral, Media Park,
Ludwig Museum and various other attractions that the city has to offer.