|Combo meal at McDonalds||$9.49|
|Apartment (1 bedroom) outside of centre||$664.41|
|Apartment (3 bedrooms) in city centre||$1 983.05|
|Mid range bottle of wine||$6.44|
|1 Summer dress in a chain store||$61.02|
|Internet (6 Mbps, unlimited data)||$29.83|
|Imported beer at restaurant||$3.80|
Cologne is Germany’s oldest city and was founded back in the 30 BC by the Romans. In Germany, it’s called Köln and is the home of one of the Europe’s oldest universities and of the Cologne Cathedral. The city has over 30 museums and around 100 galleries with many fine collections. During World War II, Cologne was pretty damaged. It was bombed out and over 90% of the city was wiped out. These days, Cologne is once again the fourth largest city in Germany, having over a million citizens and many modern post war buildings with restored historic buildings.
When you book cheap flights to Cologne, you will be impressed by the beautiful airport. Cologne has a common international airport with Bonn, its neighbor county. Also called Köln-Bonn Airport, it is a little over 15 minutes to reach the Cologne’s city center.
The main train station is found in the center of the city, just beside the Cologne Cathedral. Immediately when you leave the train station you will be impressed by the striking buildings. The busy train station in Cologne can connect you easily to any other city in Germany or other European cities of your choice.
Getting Around in Cologne
When you travel to Cologne city, there are many attractions to see. The easiest way to explore the city of Cologne is by foot. Many sights and attractions can be found within about 30 minutes walking distance from each other. Just make sure to make the Cologne Cathedral your center point of orientation so you will never get lost. If you want free city maps and guidebooks, just visit the Cologne tourism office, which is found right by the Cathedral.
Built in the 1860, the Statthaus, totally furnished apartments and rentals can be found just next to the Cathedral. The former monastery should be the place you want to stay as soon as you reserve flights to Cologne. It is a unique and charming place to visit and stay. Prices are very low, all the apartments goes for around 60 Euros.
The Schildergasse is Cologne main shopping street. This walking street, which was founded by the Romans, offers department stores from all around the world, coffee places, and a mix between modern and old architecture. The Hohe Straße is just beside the Schildergasse Street and will lead you back to the center of the city. If you want to bring something with you from Cologne, you can get the original Eau de Cologne 4711. This perfume can be purchased right from its original house where it was first invented, Glockengasse.
If you are a beer lover, you should not miss the local beer, Kölsch. Visit Cologne’s Old Town and you will find many pubs serving the Kölsch beer in thin, long glasses called stangen.
The Cologne Carnival is celebrated in late winter. Drawing over one million carnival fans and broadcasted live, is a must to see for all ages.
Cologne Gay Pride is an annual event. Cologne is very proud of its old gay community. The Cologne Gay Pride is the biggest gay and lesbian event in Germany, with over a million spectators and participants every year.
Cologne Christmas Markets are a symbol of the holidays. Cologne is famous for the holiday season, celebrating it with seven Christmas markets. However, the fair around the Cologne Cathedral is famous for its huge Christmas tree, the biggest one in the region.
If you are interested in Cologne city, its beautiful Cathedral, its food, shopping, museums, art galleries, and lifestyle it’s about time to book right now a flight to Cologne. Flighthub offers the cheapest flights Cologne, so make sure you are going to reserve your tickets some time in advance, if you want to really benefit from the best rates.