Cologne is famous for its 12 great Romanesque churches especially the magnificent Cologne Cathedral and a variety of German food. Cologne’s simple and hearty local cuisine such as pork knuckles, German sausage and so forth are best served with a cold glass of Kölsch. Read more to find out some of the places to visit and food to savour while you’re travelling in Cologne, Germany.
Every year, the city centre of Cologne is touched by the magic of the festivities in the run-up to Christmas. In the city’s heart the “Christmas Market at Cologne Cathedral” awaits its visitors in front of the historic backdrop of the Cathedral with a tremendous Christmas tree.
Christmas music, arts and crafts, toys, Christmas decorations and the scent of the Christmas bakeries create a wonderful atmosphere.
Cologne Cathedral is a Catholic cathedral in Cologne. It is Germany’s most visited landmark and the towers for its two huge spires give the cathedral the largest façade of any church in the world. It’s huge and impressive.
Cologne’s Old Town
Cologne’s Old Town has a distinctive historical charm. Visitors are drawn by its rustic narrow alleyways lined with traditional old houses.
Great St. Martin Church
With its magnificent crossing tower and triple-apse structure, Cologne’s Great St. Martin Church is a beautiful relic of the city’s ancient history. Stroll around the enormous Roman Catholic church and take in views of its ornate architecture.
The Rheinpark is a large urban park along the right bank of the river Rhine. In summer, this green oasis is ideal for relaxation or various sporting activities.
The heart of Brauhaus Sion beats right in the middle of Cologne’s Old Town between the Cathedral and the Old Market Square. Brauhaus Sion counts as one of the most well-liked brewhouses in Germany. Cologne’s residents consider it to be one of the few truly authentic places left in the city. Highly recommend for a typical German experience.
Unter Taschenmacher 5-7, 50667 Köln, Germany
Gilden Im Zims
Gilden Im Zims probably has the best pork knuckles in the city. Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside. Fresh from the oven, savoury, seasoned and served with their Cologne sauce. There are plenty of roast potatoes or mashed potatoes, cabbage and braised onions served on the side. Hearty and delicious!
Heumarkt 77, 50667 Köln, Germany
Funkhaus Cafe Bar Restaurant
For lovers of cakes and confectionery, a selection of gateaux and pastries and a variety of coffee house classics in barista quality are available here. Love their patisserie mousse with lemon on shortcrust pastry.
Wallrafpl. 5, 50667 Köln, Germany
It is the one of the best places to taste German original cakes since this Café has a long history of baking. A nicely decorated cafe which serves a wide variety of cakes , pralines and marzipan. Do not leave without going downstairs to the spectacular restrooms.
Unter Fettenhennen 11, 50667 Köln, Germany