Cologne Things to Do
In Germany, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the historic city of Cologne. Here are the top attractions and things to do in Cologne.
Kolner Dom Cathedral
The impressive Kolner Dom Cathedral, one of the largest in Germany, could take you an entire day to explore. Climb to the top of this Gothic cathedral for stunning views of Cologne as far as the eye can see. But be prepared to work for it: It’s 509 steps to the top, and there’s no elevator.
Old Town Cologne
Skip the shopping malls. For the best souvenir shopping in Cologne, head to Old Town Cologne, where you’re likely to find things with a little more authentic character. Many of the buildings in this part of town have been around since the Middle Ages.
Imhoff-Stollwerck Chocolate Museum
For a truly sweet tour of Cologne, get a history lesson on chocolate from the Imhoff-Stollwerck Chocolate Museum. You’ll learn about the origins of chocolate and how it is produced. And of course, you’ll sample enough sweets to last you for months.
Cologne Zoo and Aquarium
A short drive from the city center, the Cologne Zoo and Aquarium boasts a variety of animals living comfortably in their favorite environments. It’s a favorite stop for visitors to Cologne, especially those with younger children.
Cologne Cable Cars
Take one of Cologne’s colorful cable cars to explore the city from the air while giving your feet a break. From April to October every, year these moving sky rooms will take you right over the Rhine River, giving you one of the best vantage points to take in the sights of Cologne.
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