Cologne's skyline is dominated by the soaring twin spires of its cavernous cathedral, an iconic example of Gothic architecture and one of Germany's most popular visitor attractions. But there's much more to this ancient riverside city than old world opulence.

    The Cologne of today is famously friendly, fun-loving and liberal, with the country's biggest springtime carnival and a loud, proud LGBT community. Nightlife options run the gamut from traditional beer halls to underground techno clubs, while warmly welcoming restaurants serve up hearty local dishes like crispy pork knuckle and succulent schnitzel.

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    • Cologne Travel Essentials

      Our Cologne Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in Germany. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need...

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