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3 days in Cologne

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3 days in Cologne
Cologne is a city of churches, green spaces and art. This weekend tour leads you to all three and invites to you breathe deep and to see the city from great heights and at ground level. Wear comfortable shoes.
Good for: Families, Groups, Individuals
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
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Day 1
KoelnTriangle
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KoelnTriangle

This skyscraper offers commanding views of the Cologne Cathedral and invites visitors to look at exhibitions, eat at its Mongolian barbecue restaurant and take in views of the surrounding area from its Panorama Observatory. Entrance to the building is free, access to the viewing platform costs 3 euros. Open Oct. 1 to April 30, Monday-Friday from noon-6 p.m., from 10 a.m. on weekends... More

This skyscraper offers commanding views of the Cologne Cathedral and invites visitors to look at exhibitions, eat at its Mongolian barbecue restaurant and take in views of the surrounding area from its Panorama Observatory. Entrance to the building is free, access to the viewing platform costs 3 euros. Open Oct. 1 to April 30, Monday-Friday from noon-6 p.m., from 10 a.m. on weekends. May through September open until 10 p.m. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Cologne Cathedral (Dom)
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Cologne Cathedral (Dom)

If you visit Cologne during the holidays, shop at the Christmas markets and visit the Cathedral. The church is amazing. If a mass is going on, you... more »

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Gross St. Martin
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Gross St. Martin

This famous Romanesque cathedral, re-opened in 1985 following extreme damage during World War II, takes second billing behind only the Dom as Cologne's most prominent religious structure.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Day 2
Claudius Therme
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Claudius Therme

The installations and the pools are very big. The price is quite reasonable and staff are friendly. The pools are divided into connected inside and... more »

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Botanical Gardens Flora
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Botanical Gardens Flora

Cacti and plant houses make up this garden, which dates from the 1800s, along the Rhine River. Gardens are open 8 a.m. until dusk daily. Plant houses are open October to March 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April to September 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Museum Ludwig
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Museum Ludwig

This art museum houses a diverse collection that includes everything from Dali to Warhol to one of the world's largest Picasso collections. Open Tuesday to Sunday (including public holidays) from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., every first Thursday of the month until 10 p.m.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Day 3
Wallraf-Richartz Museum
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Wallraf-Richartz Museum

This impressive museum houses artwork covering every genre from the 13th century through the 19th century.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 2-3 hours
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Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum)
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Roman-German Museum (Romisch-Germanisches Museum)

This museum houses an impressive collection of classical art, including the famous Dionysus mosaic and the tomb of Publicus.

Fee: Yes      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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Saint Gereon's Basilica
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Saint Gereon's Basilica

One of Cologne's 12 churches built in Romenesque style, Saint Gereon's Basilica dates to the 11th century and has unique architectural features including a dome, an intricate floor mosaic of David and Goliath and the remains of Roman walls. Open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. It is not possible to visit the church during Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. and... More

One of Cologne's 12 churches built in Romenesque style, Saint Gereon's Basilica dates to the 11th century and has unique architectural features including a dome, an intricate floor mosaic of David and Goliath and the remains of Roman walls. Open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. It is not possible to visit the church during Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Less

Fee: No      Duration of visit: 1-2 hours
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