Things to do
Come in February and you’ll be able to revel in the Carnival, with its vast parade through the streets. There are Christmas markets in December, and a festival of light in July, when the whole sky above the city seems to be illuminated.
Lovers of fine dining will love Cologne. From gourmet restaurants to relaxed cafés and traditional brewery taverns, there is plenty to tempt the taste buds. And you must buy some chocolate while you’re here.
It will be constantly in your view, so you really should visit the Kolner Dom or Cathedral while you’re here. Entry is free, but you’ll be asked to make a donation. There are also 12 Romanesque Churches across Cologne – plenty to enthral during a city break.