From the top of the gothic-style Cologne Cathedral to the riverside paths first tread upon by Roman soldiers, the city of Cologne offers a wide diversity of cultural adventures. Stroll the cobblestone streets flanked by local shops, as the fragrance of fresh bread and soft pretzels wafts into the street. Save your appetite for a serving of Heaven and Earth, or Himmel und Ääd, as the Germans call it. Served with sausage, this apple-potato dish is one of Cologne’s most famous. Wash it down with a Kölsch beer, the golden, biscuit-flavoured ale, and you are already a genuine local.
Cologne hosts one of Europe’s largest annual gay pride events attended by more than half a million participants.
A short walk through Old Town brings you past the cathedral with its filigree spires to the Rhine harbour, where you will find a museum dedicated entirely to chocolate! Round up the day at Früh am Dom, the city’s largest beer hall, where locals gather for laid back atmosphere, sentimental German schlager music and another round of Kölsch.