Cologne City Info

Cologne, Germany's fourth largest city, sits on the Rhein in North Rhein- Westphalia. It is one of Europe's oldest cities, believed to have been founded in 38BC. The city is Germany's main media hub, being home to many of Germany's radio and television stations. Cologne University is one of Europe's oldest educational institutions and its 44,000 students give the city a young and lively atmosphere. Cologne is famed for its impressive carnival which is declared open on the Thursday prior to Lent and constitutes a week of parties and parades.

  • Kolner Dom: Cologne's UNESCO protected gothic cathedral dominates the city's skyline. Building of the Kolner Dom began in 1248 and wasn't fully completed until 1880. The building is the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne and is visited by 20,000 people every day. If you are feeling energetic, climb up the 509 stairs of the South Tower for great views over the city.
  • Museum Ludwig: This impressive art gallery houses a collection of modern art from the likes of Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Museum Ludwig also houses one of the largest collections of Picasso in Europe. The building itself is a work of art; a striking piece of modern architecture set alongside the gothic Kolner Dom.
  • Claudius Therme: This collection of indoor and outdoor thermal pools and plunge pools offer a place to relax and unwind in Cologne. Claudius Therme's architecture is based on that of traditional roman baths and set in a beautiful park landscape. Sauna's, massage and beauty treatments are also available all at reasonable prices.
Airport Info

Cologne Bonn Airport is Germany's sixth largest airport greeting around 10,000,000 passengers every year. The airport is one of Germany's few 24-hour airports and receives a number of German and international budget carriers such as EasyJet, Wizz Air and TUIfly. It is thought that Cologne airport will be one of the first to offer trans-Atlantic flights with budget airlines.

Cologne Bonn Airport is located 9 ½ miles south-east of Colognes city centre.

The airport has a range of duty-free shops and boutiques along with a number of restaurants and bars. A Post Office, bank and Bureau de change is also available at the airport. Chargeable Wi-Fi hotspots are available at the airport.  Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Sixt car hire all operate out of the airport and can be found in Terminal 2 arrivals.

To and from the airport

By Taxi
A  number of taxi firms serve Cologne Bonn Airport. The taxi rank is situated outside Terminal 2 and a typical journey to the centre of Cologne will take approximately 20 minutes and cost around €30. For more information or bookings call +49 (0)22 03 - 40-40 01.

By Bus
Since the opening of the train service at Cologne Bonn Airport, many of the bus services have been cancelled. However, the number 161 still runs from outside both Terminal 1 and 2 to Porz Market, south-east of the city centre. Buses are not particularly frequent, running every 30 minutes during the day but hourly after 7:45pm.

By Train
The new S-Bahn airport railway offers comfortable, efficient transit between the airport and Cologne city centre. The train leaves from the underground level at both Terminal 1 and 2 and departs at least every 30 minutes, taking just 15 minutes to whisk passengers to the city centre.

By Car
The airport is located south-east of the city, and can be reached via the A59 motorway. Short-term and long-term car parks are available and current status of the car parks can be viewed online at


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