Street art in Cologne’s Ehrenfeld district. Photo courtesy of Marco Verch via Flickr.

Cologne’s Ehrenfeld District

Located just northwest of downtown Cologne and a short stroll from Cologne’s Belgian Quarter, Ehrenfeld is one of the city’s most bohemian neighborhoods, characterized by its pastel-fronted townhouses and vibrant street art. Once a drab residential area, Cologne’s Ehrenfeld district has transformed into a hub of creative activity over recent years, with the influx of artists and students bringing with them some of the city’s coolest shops, bars and galleries.

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May 5, 2015 by
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What to eat in Cologne - Schnitzel

What to Eat and Drink in Cologne

With a wide range of cafes, restaurants and beer halls to choose from, Cologne is a great place to tuck into some traditional German cuisine with a local twist. From hearty meat dishes to specialty brews; here’s our top pick for what to eat and drink in Cologne.

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April 7, 2015 by
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Top 5 Things to Do in Rudesheim

Rudesheim, Rhine Valley

Dependably photogenic and oozing with timeless charm, Rüdesheim appears tailor-made for the tourist crowds and with a prime location at the heart of the UNESCO-listed Rhine Valley, it’s a top choice for a day trip from nearby Cologne or Mainz. But the historic town is worth more than just a photo stop and with its medieval castles, poignant monuments and age-old vineyards; there are plenty of things to do in Rüdesheim. Here are a few ideas.

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February 10, 2015 by
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Celebrating Carnival in Cologne

Celebrating Carnival in Cologne. Photo courtesy of Hans Dorsch via Flickr.

With a kaleidoscope of costumes parading through the streets, music blasting out until the early hours and an electric atmospheric, celebrating carnival in Cologne is an experience like no other and the city hosts Germany’s biggest and most famous celebration. Up to one million revelers descend on the city to join the carnival festivities, which take place in the week preceding Ash Wednesday and date back to as early as 1823.

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January 27, 2015 by
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Castle Hotels on the Rhine

Stay at an atmospheric castle hotel on the Rhine

Several of Germany’s most beautiful castles are dotted along the scenic Rhine River and to really experience the grandeur of medieval life, you can even choose to stay overnight in one of the historic fortresses. Whether you opt for a luxury suite with a view or a budget backpacker haunt with a striking backdrop; these are some of the best castle hotels on the Rhine.

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January 13, 2015 by
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Christmas Cruises from Cologne

Christmas cruises along the Rhine

With its dazzling illuminations, open-air ice rink and sprawling Christmas market set against a backdrop of the UNESCO-listed Cathedral and the shimmering Rhine River, Cologne is an enchanting destination for the holidays and the best way to view the city is from the water. Cruising along the Rhine River is a popular pastime at all times of the year, but the views are particularly picturesque during the Christmas season and there are a number of seasonal Christmas cruises from Cologne that run throughout November and December.

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December 2, 2014 by
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Cologne’s Long Night of Museums

Museum Ludwig, Cologne. Photo courtesy of rp72 via Flickr.

A long standing tradition held in Berlin, Munich and many other German cities, the Long Night of Museums is one of Europe’s most popular cultural events, presenting a unique opportunity to discover the city’s top museums and galleries.

More than 40 of Cologne’s museums take part in the annual event, with highlights including the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, renowned for its Medieval and Renaissance art; the Ludwig Museum, home to an expansive collection of 20th-century art; the Roman-German Museum, which chronicles the city’s Roman history; and the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum (Cologne City Museum).

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November 4, 2014 by
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Things to Do in Cologne with Kids

Visiting Cologne with kids

With its medieval castles and ample opportunities for hiking and biking, the romantic Rhine is a great destination for a family holiday, but even if you stay in the city, there are a surprising number of kid-friendly attractions in Cologne. From visiting one of Germany’s coolest theme parks to crossing the Rhine in a cable car, here are some ideas for things to do in Cologne with kids.

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October 14, 2014 by
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Cologne Marathon

Cologne Marathon

Drawing up to 17,500 runners from all over the world, the Cologne Marathon is among Germany’s biggest running events, eclipsed only by the Berlin and Hamburg marathons, and bringing huge crowds of spectators to cheer on the runners and celebrate the final sporting event of the summer.

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September 16, 2014 by
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Riding the Cologne cable car

Cologne Cable Car

Cruising along the Rhine or joining the festivities at the spectacular Rhine in Lights festival might be atmospheric ways to enjoy the scenic Rhine River, but the cheapest and easiest way to get a view along the riverfront is riding the Cologne cable car over the Rhine. Dating back to 1957, the historic cable car has been carrying passengers over the Rhine for more than 50 years and there’s no better way to see Cologne from above, with views taking in the UNESCO-listed Cologne Cathedral and stretching along the river.

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August 19, 2014 by
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