Filled with Gothic architecture, river views, history and Brauhauses, the German city of Cologne is well worth adding to your travel plans this year.
Explore the city’s past with “TimeRide Cologne”, and through in-depth films, photos, and an unforgettable VR experience you'll see as far back as the Roman Empire before flying forward to see the changes prompted by the Middle Ages and the overwhelming overhaul that came with the 20th century.
Get up close and personal with one of the largest Gothic churches in northern Europe and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, The Cologne Cathedral. Built in 1248 with imposing twin towers, stained glass windows and an impressive interior, it is not to be missed, and if you have the energy climb the 500 steps to the top for views over the city.
After visiting the cathedral, visit a traditional Brauhaus, in the surrounding streets, where you can enjoy their rustic charm whilst sipping on a Kolsh, a crisp golden beer produced in Cologne itself, perfect for warmer weather.
There are also many museums to visit while in Cologne, starting with a scented journey through the world of fragrances, at the Farina Fragrance Museum where you'll learn the history and secrets of the world-famous Eau de Cologne from your guide, in full rococo-period costume. Learn how perfume is made, from its composition through to production, test your nose in the distilling room, and even get a gift to take away!
Before you leave, stroll through the Old Town and take in the quaint houses and architecture set on the edge of the Rhine River. If you are looking for green spaces then Cologne’s Botanical Gardens are also worth a visit with over 10,000 species of plants, it's a great place to take some time out.
So, what are you waiting for? Add Cologne to your travel plans this year now!