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Get us on a plane!

A rich 2000 year history stretching back to Roman times. A pristine location on the banks of the Rhine, and one of the most vibrant and exciting nightlife’s in Europe.

If you’ve never been to Cologne, you need to get yourself there ASAP.

One of the best things about the scenic city nestled in western Germany is the fact it’s suitable for all types of tourists. It’s a mecca for stags and hens, couples, groups of friends, solo backpackers and history hunters alike.

Another plus, from June 1st Cologne will be just a two hour direct flight from Ireland West Airport in Knock Co. Mayo! Score.

So before you go booking your ticket, we’ve gone ahead and done some ground work on cool activities you can have when you land.

1. Check out the old town

The heartbeat of any historical city, Colonge’s old town is a history lovers dream.

Three quarters of Cologne was obliterated during WW2, as you wander around it’s humbling to think that all you see would have been rubble just 70 years ago.

And yet the old world atmosphere still shines through on streets and plazas like Heumarkt and Altermarkt, even among the newer post war buildings.

2. Take a boat trip on the Rhine

Cruising down the Rhine River on a sunny day is the dream.

The route most people take is south to the old fishing community of Rodenkirchen on an hour-long cruise that floats past the cathedral, the spires of the old town, the new Rheinauhaufen district and under a total of four bridges, each with interesting trivia attached.

A perfect way to spend an afternoon.

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3. Try some Kölsch and Halve Hahn

It would be criminal to leave Cologne without sampling their local delicacy.

Sitting down at one of the many lovely restaurants with a Kölsch (beer) and a Halve Hahn (rye bread and gouda cheese) is a must.

Kölsch is the local brew in Cologne, a top-fermented beer, made from Pilsener malt and with a straw colour.

While your soft rye roll will come with butter, tomatoes, sliced onions and generous slabs of gouda for you to assemble as you like.

Is your mouth watering too?

4. Hit the town

As we mentioned earlier, Cologne is littered with amazing night spots.

The city has approximately 70 clubs, countless bars, restaurants, and pubs.

No shortage of craic to be had!

5. Check out a few of the many, many museums

Cologne is internationally renowned for having amazing museums.

And they’re as diverse as they come, the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud houses fascinating medieval paintings and an important collection of Impressionist paintings.

While the Museum Ludwig is home to the largest Pop Art collection outside of the USA.

There’s even a chocolate museum! We’re sold.

Take us to Cologne!


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