1. Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral is one of the most famous tourist destinations in Cologne and the largest Gothic Church in Northern Europe. It was first built in 1248, after halting constructions for many years, it was finally completed in the late 19th century. During World War II, the cathedral’s spire was used as navigational landmark for the Allied Forces. By the end of World War II, the cathedral withstood 14 aerial bomb hits, although it was badly damaged, most of the cathedral still survived considering the rest of the city was destroyed.
The Cologne Cathedral still stands tall today after reconstruction. The cathedral is located right by the Köln Hbf (Cologne Train Station) and one of the first sites you will greet and say goodbye to from the train.
The Cologne Cathedral’s interior is beautiful and simple compared to most. After you have finished admiring the interior of the cathedral, you can climb the 533 steep and spiral staircase up to the top of the cathedral, no lifts. This was possibly the worst 25 minutes of my life. This adventure is not for those who get dizzy and light-headed. Unfortunately, there aren’t any resting areas except for the bell tower which is about 200-300 steps in. They do have little areas with doors to stand and catch your breath. I will say though, the workout is definitely worth it for the view you’ll see of Cologne.
- Hours:Tower Climb:January-February: 9:00 AM — 4:00 PM
- March-April: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
- May-September: 9:00 AM–6:00 PM
- October: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM
- November-December: 9:00-4:00 PM
- Fees:Adults: 4 Euros
- Family Card: 8 Euros
- Reduced (Students, children, handicap): 2 Euros
2. Museum Ludwig
Museum Ludwig houses a very large collection of modern art like Pop Art, Abstract, and Surrealism. This museum also features many works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, James Rosenquist, and Picasso. In fact, this museum features the largest Picasso collection in Europe.
This museum is conveniently right next to Cologne Cathedral, Köln Hbf, and Hohenzollern Bridge. This museum has great storage facilities for your bag for a 5 Euro deposit, since they do not allow large bags into the museum. Ludwig Museum also has a great dining area with delicious foods for those who need a meal break while in the museum.
- Hours:Tuesday–Sunday: 10 AM-6 PM
- First Thursdays of the month: 10 AM–10 PM
- Closed Mondays
- Fees:Adults: 13 Euros
- Discounted tickets (children, under 18, students, Köln Pass holders): 8.50 Euros
- Families: 26 Euros
- Groups: 9 Euros per person (20+ people)
- Children (under 6), refugees + 1 person in company, disabled, young adults (under 18): Free
- First Thursdays after 5:00 PM: 7 Euros.
3. Hohenzollern Bridge
Hohenzollern Bridge is a bridge that crosses over the Rhine River and serves as a way in and out of the city. This bridge now is most famous for the locks that couples and lovers put on it. This bridge is very well made, since it is built by Germans, but it can also withstand the approximate 2 ton weight of the locks.
Buy a padlock, lock it, and throw the key into the Rhine for everlasting love.
4. Romano-Germanic Museum
This museum is also right next to Cologne Cathedral and Köln Hbf. This museum houses a large collection of Roman artifacts and is a historical architectural site. This museum features a large Dionysus mosaic that has remained in its original spot for years and is also the original site of a Roman town villa.
5. Köln Triangle
Köln Triangle is a building that offers a panorama view of Cologne with the Cologne Cathedral in view. This building has 29 floors and 33859 feet (10320 m) tall. This building also offers dining areas for those who want to enjoy a beautiful view with a delicious meal.Hours:May 1st-Sept 30th: Monday-Friday: 11 AM-11 PM
- Saturdays, Sundays, & public holidays: 10 AM-11 PM
- October 1st-April 30th:Monday-Friday: 12 PM-8PM
- Saturday, Sundays, & public holidays: 10 AM-8PM
- Fees:Adults and juveniles: 3 Euros
- Groups of 5: 2.50 Euros per person
- Children under 12: Free
- Disabled: 2 Euros
For delicious schnitzel, I highly recommend going to Max Stark! The food here is delicious and very affordable! If you have a strong stomach, try their mette as a snack. 🙂
I had my dinner at the restaruant inside the Ludwig Museum. I did not expect it to be delicious at all, but it was so amazing that I had to order more. Definitely try it after you are finished admiring the museum.