The Riches of Cologne

Classic cathedrals, local beer, and more highlights of this German river cruise port

While in Cologne, taste Reibekuchen, fried potato cakes that are served with either sweet or savory toppings.
With a history that dates back to the Roman era, Cologne, Germany is not only a culturally rich city – it’s also a fun-loving one. Once the cruise ship docks, passengers will find themselves in the midst of incredible churches, amazing artwork, delightful local beer, and a friendly atmosphere.

What to Do in Cologne
Cologne’s most famous attraction is the 13th-century Kolner Dom Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the largest cathedral in Germany. Its twin spires took more than 600 years to finish, making it a must-visit sight on any trip. The city is also home to 12 Romanesque churches – if your time is limited, St. Gereon’s Basilica is perhaps the most impressive of the bunch. About 20 minutes away, in Bruhl, is the ancient Augustus Burg Castle, another UNESCO-designated site.

Cologne is also renowned for its many art offerings, including galleries and fine museums. Some of the best include the Ludwig Museum (featuring modern and contemporary art), the Wallraf Richartz Museum (with works by Dutch and German masters), and the Romisch-Germanisches Museum (highlighting ancient Roman artifacts).

More Cologne Attractions
A great way to see the city is through a ride on the Kolner Seilbahn (a gondola), which operates seasonally. The impressive Kolner Philharmonie concert hall is a good stop for music lovers, with regular world-class performances. Cologne is also known for its popular shopping, particularly at the Schildergasse pedestrian zone, where visitors can find the famous Olivandenhof and Neumarktpassage shopping centers.

Eating and Drinking
Taste the local Kolsch beer at Paffgen Kolsch, a brewery, bar, and restaurant that has producing the beer since 1884. For other authentic meals around town, Fruh am Dom serves traditional fare and beer, while Haxenhaus dishes out Cologne specialties such as sausages and other meats.

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