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Kranhauser Without a doubt, Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) remains one of the most popular and frequently visited landmarks in the city, and so every day thousands of visitors come to see the beautiful church. However, not everyone knows that there is a very interesting place near the cathedral, on Brüsseler Platz. This is a small square that is a popular meeting spot for hipsters during warmer months. They come there to meet like-minded fellows and enjoy favorite drinks. By the way, the drinks are not necessarily alcoholic ones as the local youth likes Club-Mate soda. So, if you are young, want to get new acquaintances and like soda, head to Brüsseler Platz.
You will find many priceless historical and architectural monuments in Cologne. Every tourist should not forget to visit them. We encourage you to pay your attention on the ensemble of 12 … Open
The next secret place will be also liked by fans of noisy parties. This is the secret club Steken. It is called secret because there are no neon signs near its entrance, so it’s not that easy to find it. If you manage to do that, you will enjoy an evening in a cozy place with lively and informal atmosphere. Once a week, the club hosts jazz parties. By the way, Steken is also famous for quite cheap drinks and snacks.
If you prefer visiting elegant places, the party-bar Arty Farty could satisfy you. The venue is a combination of a classic bar, where visitors can enjoy a delicious exotic cocktail, and an art gallery that regularly hosts various interesting events. You never know exactly what you’re going to get in Arty Farty, a vibrant party or another interesting exhibition. Copyright
Cycling around the city is very popular among travellers. Rent-A-Bike is considered the most famous bike rental service. Here you are allowed to rent a bike starting from a few hours till … Open
When you’re in a mood for something interesting and romantic, head to Hohenzollernbrücke. This bridge is a popular local landmark, which is liked by both travelers and locals. However, the bridge has a secret – you will see endless padlocks of different shape and size attached to it. According to experienced travelers, this bridge can make wishes come true. In order to make that happen, simply purchase a padlock from one of local vendors, attach it to the bridge, make a wish and throw the key to the Rhine. Your wish will come true.
Cologne Cathedral - Kolner Dom Is shopping your most favorite pastime? Then wait till Saturday and head to the Trödel flea market. You can hardly find a better place to purchase interesting souvenirs in Cologne. It is possible to buy nearly anything at this market – antique German china, hunting trophies and even books in different languages. It is better to visit the market as early as possible. Experienced travelers walk among its rows already on 8 a.m., searching for unique items.
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Gourmet travelers will also find suitable places to visit in Cologne. They are welcome at numerous premium restaurants of the city. Cologne is famous for its outstanding street food, so some popular dishes, which are sold in bright stalls and carts, cannot be found in any other city in Germany. Simply make a walk on central streets of Cologne and you will see stalls that offer potato pancakes with apple jam, roasted chestnuts, fragrant donuts and other popular street food.
Cologne When you’re done exploring all secret landmarks in Cologne, take a tram 18 and head to the neighboring town of Brühl bei Köln. It is famous for its secluded and charming atmosphere. Travelers will find unique historic landmarks and picturesque places perfect for walking in that town. Moreover, one of the biggest amusement parks in the country, Phantasialand, is located in Brühl. The park is a great destination for fans of extreme.
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Map of all Michelin restaurants
Michelin-starred restaurants in Cologne
♥   Restaurant 'Gruber’s Restaurant' KÖLN. Type - Austrian. 1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Himmel un Äd' Köln. Type - Modern cuisine. 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Heising und Adelmann' KÖLN. Type - International. 1.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Le Moissonnier' Köln. Type - Creative French. 1.3 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Restaurant 'Pure White Foodclub' Köln. Type - Grills|Seafood. 1.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Cologne
♥   Castle 'Schloss Burg near Solingen' , 25.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Palais Schaumburg' , 26.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Ehreshoven Castle' , 27.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Godesburg Festung' , 31.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Hückeswagen Castle' , 35.5 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Cologne and around
♥   Art museum 'Museum Ludwig' Cologne, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Cologne)' Cologne, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Wallraf-Richartz Museum' Cologne, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Schnütgen Museum' Cologne, 0.8 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Art museum 'Käthe Kollwitz Museum' Cologne, 0.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all palaces
Public palaces near Cologne
♥   Palace 'Schloss Benrath' Düsseldorf, 25.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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