Cologne city in Germany is known to be a cathedral city that has ancient roots in the country. Located by the banks of the river Rhine, this particular city in western Germany is also a modern cultural and commercial center of the country. There are as many as 12 great churches here of the Roman era and influence. However, if you have limited time in hand, here are some principal attractions to visit in the city.
- Old Town Cologne
There is a distinct part of the old city kept preserved as the Old Town of Cologne. Here you can explore the different historic museums and churches, including Great St Martin which is an important historic building. This area is also home to several cafes, restaurants, galleries and boutique shops that are a pleasure for tourists for explore.
This towering landmark of the city is located by Rhine River. Not only will you enjoy scenic views by the riverside but also enjoy exploring the Gothic architecture of this age old cathedral, well preserved and maintained as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Ludwig and Wallraf – Richartz museums
These two famous museums in Cologne are a must visit for all tourists. Art lovers would be overwhelming to find the galleries and architectural structures in both the museums as well as the famous paintings housed here.
- River cruises by Rhine
This city has several sites that are best viewed by taking a sightseeing cruise by the Rhine River. There are one hour cruises by the day as well as river evening cruises, dinner cruises and other options to take to enjoy landscape views of the city at different times of the day or night.
- National Documentation Center
This is the center where the Nazi regime is well documented and is also a memorial site. There is a research center here as well as interactive museum, including prison cells in the basement where actual prisoners were held.