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Cologne at a Glance

Colgone is one of Germany's most visited and most beautiful cities. A gorgeous Gothic cathedral, a cutting edge modern art museum and a charming Christmas market are among a few of its standout attractions. 

As a center of trade since Roman times, Cologne's residents have always been building new and interesting buildings. Take in everything from subterranean Roman ruins, medieval churches, 19th century civic buildings, nondescript post-war apartments to wild post-modern constructions. Architecture is one of the city's jewels. 

Cologne is also a great destination for shopping and for finding art. Shop for clothes, books, house hold goods, luxury items, but also art. Galleries line the streets just east of the city center. Gallery hop for a tour of contemporary art or to find your perfect souvenir. 

What to Expect
High Season
May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      Major Airports
      • Major Airport Cologne Bonn Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      American, Canadian and European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter Germany if they intend to stay there for less than three months. All travelers must carry a valid passport which could be subject to inspection at any time. For more information, contact a German consulate office. American citizens can find out more information by using the U.S State Department website.

      Getting Around
      Public Transportation
      • Railroad Cologne Central Station
      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Cologne has cool winters with occasional snow and rain. Summers are warm and sometimes humid. Pack a coat for winter travels.

      Safety Concerns Use commonsense precautions to protect yourself from crime. Avoid dark, deserted areas late at night. Protect your passport by carrying it close to the skin or locking it in a hotel safe. Avoid flashing cash and valuables. 

      Health Concerns Cologne has clean drinking water and good public health. Stay safe and healthy by practicing good hygiene.