The area around the stadium is hardly a happening hotspot, but the city of Cologne is growing into one of Germany’s latest destinations. If you’re there in the spring, then this is the city of Carnival, where the whole town goes mad from basically the start of the year until the start of Lent. The Monday before Ash Wednesday is the biggest day, with literally millions of people in the streets.
In winter, too, there is plenty to do with the Christmas Markets being the main draw. Köln has arguably the best in Germany and it is well worth timing a trip to the football with a shopping spree.
The stadium is very close to a huge park area called “Stadtwald Park”. Usually a place where people hang out during the day, enjoy the sun and flee from their busy everyday life in one of Germany’s biggest cities. You will also see a lot of football fans going there before a match, having a beer or a chat about the highly anticipated event coming up. Further, the stadium is about 3km from the inner city with the legendary “Kölner Dom”, the third tallest church in the world. If you have never seen it, I highly recommend checking out that breathtaking building.
Cologne Cathedral is the cities crowning jewel and stands high and proud above the city. Climbing the 600+ steps to the top may be a tiring experience but a worthwhile one! For just €3 you can get access to this view, and the sunsets from up top are pretty spectacular!
Chocolate is something that unites almost everyone – so the Chocolate Museum in Cologne is a must see for a lot of people – not only are you surrounded by the stuff, and see how it is made but you can take part in a class, and create your own chocolate treats!
The city is famous for its water – giving its name to men’s scents everywhere. While here, make sure you stop in a perfumery and create your own signature Eau de Cologne! It’s a unique souvenir that can become part of your day to day life!
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