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The Rheinboulevard is one of the favourite places for locals to enjoy a beer after work with friends or just to admire the wonderful view of the Cologne Cathedral and the old town.
It is composed of a panoramic trail that is connected to the „Rheinpark” at the one end and at the other it leads until the „Pollerwiesen“. Furthermore, it offers a large outside staircase, which is well-visited especially on warm and sunny days.
The Rheinboulevard was opened in 2015 but during the constructions numerous historical findings were made, which is why the building took longer than excepted. Amongst these are for example remains of the 1700 years old roman castle Divita, foundations of a medieval fort as well as the church „Alt St. Urban“, numerous tombs and remains of a railway embankment from the Prussian period.
Because of its great location between the two bridges Hohenzollernbrücke and Deutzer Brücke, you can perfectly combine a visit of Rheinboulevard with a short walk along some popular sights of Cologne. Depending on where you start your walk, you will see the impressive Cologne Cathedral, discover the small alleys of the old town, walk across the Deutzer Brücke and the Hohenzollernbrücke. Last one is well-known among couples as they attach love padlocks to the fences of the bridge as a symbol of endless love.
Close to the boulevard you will find the „Deutzer Freiheit“. A street full of shops and kiosks where you can provide yourself some drinks. The Café Saint Louis is also located on this street and sells delicious soups and salads for take away.
The 534 meter long Schildergasse is one of Germanys biggest shopping streets and the second oldest street of Cologne.
On this street you will find international brands like Zara, Superdry or a newly opened Apple Store.
Schildergasse begins at the vivid Neumarkt and is a pedestrian zone so you can enjoy your shopping trip relaxed without disturbing cars. A big Kaufhof store is located at the end of the street. The display windows of Kaufhof are lovingly decorated during Christmas time and a highlight for the little ones.
Futhermore, the Weltstadthaus is situated in the middle of Schildergasse. It is a huge building made out of glass and wood. It shall remind of a ship but locals baptized it “Whale” because of its architecture.
If you need an energy kick whilst shopping, then visit the Café Riese at the beginning of Schildergasse. The traditional café offers great breakfast, coffee and cakes but also ice cream. Feeling really hungry? KittiChai is located on Krebsgasse close to Café Riese. Enjoy large portions of delicious Thai food at fair prices.
The botanic garden in Cologne is one of the most beautiful botanic gardens in Germany. It was opened in 1864 and is located close to the zoo. Originally it was situated closer to the city centre but the garden was relocated in order to build the central station.
Flora is a real green oasis and is home of more than 10.000 native as well as exotic plants. Enjoy beautiful rose gardens, little ponds and a small waterfall. In 2008 the first palm avenue of Germany was created here. Also, there are four tropical greenhouses existing with all kinds of tropical plants and cacti.
The impressive main building has just reopened after a renovation, which was done due to the 150th anniversary of the Flora. Located at one side of the building the garden café "Dank Augusta" offers delicious and fresh snacks that you can enjoy while overlooking the great plant diversity. The large outside terrace has space for 200 people.
During the winter months (October-March) Flora is open from 8am to 4pm. The rest of the year it closes at 6pm or during summer at sunset.
The Cologne Cathedral is the most impressive building of Cologne. The Roman Catholic Cathedral is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and a World Heritage Site since 1996.
Construction of the gothic church began during the 13th century and finished after a century-long break in 1880.
Cologne cathedral has been the tallest building of the world between 1880 and 1884 and still is the third tallest church building with a total size of 157 m (515 ft).
The gothic architecture combined with numerous historic relics and paintings attracts an average of 8 Mio. visitors per year.
Groß St.Martin is one of the biggest roman churches in Cologne. It is an important part of the panorama of the historic center and is surrounded by restaurants and bars.
Combined with the colourful houses of the old town, Groß St. Martin is a popular spot to take pictures.
The church is only a short walk away from the Cologne Cathedral.
The Hohenzollern Bridge is the most used railway bridge of Germany counting more than 1200 trains daily.
It gained international popularity as Couples from all over the world come here to place love padlocks at the balustrade symbolising their love.
The brigde is very close to the Cologne Cathedral and the old town and combines the vivid city life with the large grounds of Rheinpark. Perfect for a relaxing walk!
The Rheinauhafen is famous for its impressive architecture, which is a perfect combination of historical brisk houses and the modern so called “Kranhäuser”. In spite of the modern elements, the charm of the harbour has not gone lost.
Rheinauhafen is a place of vivid and divers living. It offers several cafés, bars and restaurants like the crossover kitchen Jospeh’s or the restaurant-bar Long Island.
The harbour is also a home of art and culture. Several galleries organize Vernissages or interior design events like the “Passage”. Moreover, the popular open-air summer cinema takes place here.
The 2,3km long promenade not only invites for a relaxing walk but also attracts sport enthusiasts to jog or skate along the riverside. Beach volleyball fields and the skate park Kap686 expand the possibilities of sport activities at Rheinauhafen.
Praetorium is the former domicile of the Roman governor of Lower Germania. It lies under ground and was discovered during the constructions of the Spanish house. The finds have revealed that the Praetorium expanded and rebuilt several times in the course of time.
Because of its impressive size, large parts of the original building still remain untouched under the town hall. Excavations on the town hall square began in 2007. It is an important archiological site not only for Roman finds but also for medieval ones and for the research of the jewish Cologne.
The exhibitions shows parts of the walls of the palace from the 4th century and complex wall paintings as well as craftsmanship.
The entrance costs 3,50€ but is free of admission for people under 18. The Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday between 10am to 5pm.
4711 – The Original Eau de Cologne – has been produced according to the original “Kölsch Wasser” recipe since 1792. The world-wide known scent brand owes its name to the French occupation of Cologne. In 1794, the Frenchmen wanted to put an end to the chaotic road conditions of the city by establishing a uniform street numbering system. The legend tells, that due to this numbering the headquarter got the number 4711.
The flagship store of 4711 has just been modernised and is a popular sight for tourists to buy a typical souvenir from Cologne.
But the store offers a lot more, like public tours where you can learn about the rich history of the company. They take place every Saturday at 1pm and cost 7€ p.p.
Alternatively, you can join a Perfume seminar or a 4-course scent dinner.
Take a look at their website for further information about upcoming events.