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- It guarantees that you receive the model of car that you request
- It saves time at at the car rental desk (although you wouldn't believe that if you've ever seen the queues at Alamo in Miami)
- The all-inclusive cost is fixed
- The whole booking process is done in your own time rather than at your destination where you are likely to be surrounded by a hassled partner and a small herd of tired and emotional children
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Cologne, the home of Eau de Cologne, has a lot more to offer than its pleasant scent to blame for its flourishing tourist activity.
Initially founded by the Romans in 50 AD, Cologne is considered to be the largest city in the Rhineland and is the fourth largest in the whole of Germany. The city itself stretches across the river Rhine and is situated 30 kilometres from Bonn and 40 kilometres from Dusseldorf.
Many people know of its magnificent Gothic Cathedral and Kolsch Beer, but it has much more! Cologne is a lively, modern city which never misses an excuse to celebrate its rich 2000 year history in its fullest detail.
The cultural capital of Germany, its university, one of the oldest in Europe, serves in excess of 44,000 students and the art scene here is excellent.
For one of the best views of the city and a fun experience, why not climb aboard the Rheinseilbahn. The cable car spans the width of the river Rhine from the point of the Cologne-Riehl to the Rheinpark in Cologne Deutz. A one way ticket will set you back about 3.80 euros and is open to the public between April and October.
When you look at it now, it is a struggle to believe that the centre of Cologne was greatly devastated during World War Two, the target of no less than 265 air raids. Things didn’t stay a pile of rubble for long thanks to the architect Rudolf Schwarz who famously referred to the city as ‘the world’s greatest heap of debris’. Two years following the end of World War Two, Cologne saw its reconstruction take place where the old layout was taken into account and roads were widened to allow for the forecasted increase of traffic. Where possible, the older more respected buildings in the city centre were lovingly restored therefore replicating the charm and character of Cologne (that you see before you today) as it was before.
Packed with stunning Romanesque churches within its medieval city walls, Cologne has an extra ace up its sleeve, its Cathedral. Dated back to 1248, this incredible feat of construction was only actually completed in the nineteenth century (1880, to be exact!) This is the largest Gothic Cathedral in Germany, with views on offer from its south tower that are guaranteed to take your breath away. Entering the cathedral immediately proves that the interiors are just as capable of impressing its visitors as its exterior is with its stunning sixteenth century Renaissance stained glass windows. Inside the cathedral prepare yourself for a wealth of important pieces of religious art including the gold and silver Shrine of the Three Magi. Incredibly, during the allied bombings of World War Two, Cologne Cathedral escaped relatively unscathed despite the whole area being devastated. Its vast presence dominates the city centre skyline and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Another building which managed to avoid destruction during the Allied Bombing is that of EL-DE Haus. Today a museum documenting the work of the Third Reich but during World War Two, the offices of the Gestapo. It was officially recognised as the National Socialist Documentation Centre.
One of the more popular attractions in Cologne, particularly amongst art lovers is that of the Museum Ludwig. Packed with important modern art pieces as well as its comprehensive Picasso collection, the museum belongs to Irene Ludwig, who with her late husband Peter was considered to be one of the biggest collectors of Pop Art outside of the USA.
If you enjoy art but are thrilled with history, Cologne can help you out there also. For starters, there is the Wallraf-Richartz Museum. As well as a significant art venue, this is Cologne’s oldest museum. One of the top features in the city, the art here is pretty old like its building dating back as far as 1300. There is a strong theme of religious art here as well as an excellent collection of works by Ernst, Kirchner and Klee.
For more about history than art, the Romisch-Germanisches Museum (or Roman-Germanic Museum) has what it takes. On show here is the nineteenth century discovery of the Dionysos mosaic which is said to have decorated a roman villa floor and dates back to the 3rd century AD. Aside from the mosaic, on offer here is a mixed bag of antiquities discovered in the Rhine Valley.
The tallest residential building in Germany is here in Cologne. Standing 137.5 metres tall with 46 floors, the Colonia-Hochhaus was built in 1973.
While in Cologne, don’t miss out on the Kathe Kollwitz Museum. Completely devoted to this incredible German born artist, be prepared for her deeply stirring and sometimes disturbing images of war, death, hunger and grief. Other works that include those by Hogarth and Picasso when Germany’s most celebrated female artist leaves you wanting more.
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Cologne Bonn Konrad Adenauer Airport
is 14 kilometres from Cologne city centre.
The airport offers a shuttle service to and from Cologne and Bonn which is available outside of the terminal buildings. Additionally an efficient service to Dusseldorf central station is available from Terminal 2.
S-Bahn trains can be caught from the airport railway station (situated between between Terminals 1 and 2) for the busy Cologne Hauptbahnhof (situated in the city centre next to the cathedral) as well as other city destinations.
To get into the city centre from the airport, there is additionally the Bus service 170. This runs ever twelve minutes between 5 am and 7pm. The journey takes about 20 minutes and for that the fare is 5.50 euros.
Taxis are available from outside of the terminal. A fare to the city centre costs about 25 euros.
If travelling by car Cologne is easily reached from major German cities. It is from the connected from the north to the south by the A3 Autobahn as well as east and west by the A4 Autobahn.
The most economical method to travel around the city is achieved by purchasing a single ticket. To ride the bus, tram, U-Bahn and S-Bahn about the city and enjoy unlimited travel from 9 am to 3 am, buy the Kolner Tageskarte for only 8 euros. These tickets are available from railway stations and tourist information points.