The Northwest section of Germany is home to some of Europe’s greatest farmland especially for cooler weather crops like Cabbage and Kale. While this might not be the most touristed sector of the country, (Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich are some more familiar names) it is especially worth seeing for its scenery, culture and natural beauty.
The beauty of the old town is that it is marvelously maintained and offers the best views of the Rhine. Its most notable attraction of all is the Cologne Cathedral. This is undoubtedly the city’s greatest treasure and one of the most fascinating and stunning cathedrals in the world. Nearby are two other significant buildings the ancient church of St. Martin and the tower of the historic City Hall. Museums are found in abundance and there are wonderful pedestrian shopping streets too. History runs deep with the remains of the Old St. Alban Memorial, and the Stapelhaus attractions.
For the most authentic shopping and souvenir experiences head to Cologne’s old neighbourhood of handicrafts and trade, Alter Markt and Heumarkt.
Rheinauhafen waterfront complex
This revitalized and very modern section of the city is complete with stunning architecture, developments, residential units, walkways, riverbank views, cafe’s restaurants and galleries. If you want to get a feel for what’s new in Cologne chances are here is where you will find most of the attractions.
Cologne is renowned for its carnival festivities every year. From the Friday before Ash Wednesday until Ash Wednesday itself there is a theme for each day of the weekend. It is very family friendly and people celebrate with all sorts of masks, dances, costumes and parades.
Kölner Lichter in July is a Germany’s biggest high altitude fireworks display. An evening of summer riverfront festivities culminates in a celebration of pyrotechnics and simultaneous music.
Kolner Haie is one of the country’s foremost hockey team and they have a long history and tradition in Cologne.