Whether you're organizing a whirlwind escape or a long and leisurely getaway, you should know a little bit about Cologne before setting off.
To help you find your feet, Cologne lies 35 miles (56 kilometers) south of the significant city of Duisburg.
Splurge on a little extravagance at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst The Leading Hotels of the World (Trankgasse 1-5 / Domplatz) or the Humboldt1 Palais-Hotel & Bar (Kupfergasse 10). After all, it's not every day you go on vacation! If you're the type of traveler who would rather spend all their time out exploring, a swanky suite may not be your style. Some terrific budget accommodations are THE QVEST hideaway (Gereonskloster 12) and the 1st Floor Köln (Neusser Strasse 336-338).
Theater can challenge our expectations and asks us to aspire to bigger and better things. Attend a play at Volkstheater Millowitsch and open your mind to some big ideas. Need some more options? There's nothing like seeing top-notch art when your spirit needs a lift. As you gaze at the fabulous pieces at Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, try to pinpoint a deeper meaning. And there's more. Eager to learn the facts and stories of human history? Gain an expert insight into the realities of yesteryear at Romano-Germanic Museum.