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Cologne is a city that has a strong sense of identity and individuality. Whether you are spending a week or two getting to know the city or just passing through you are left with a sense that there wasmore to see and do. The museums are amongst the best and most renowned in Europe, thecathedral and various churches throughout the city are virtually painted with history, the music scene isthriving and the beer is a world unto itself. Best of all; Cologne is a city that likes tourists. The Koelschpeople are proud of their city, and they love to showit off. After witnessing Carnival it is hard to imagineCologne ever being more boisterous, but theremay be surprises left in store when the World Cupknocks at the door.Enjoy Cologne, and remember to write in firstname.lastname@example.org with your experiencesin town, and your opinion of this guide.
Cologne’s majestic medievalDom Cathedral towers over theRhine, flanked by the railway bridge leading to the adjacent Hauptbahnhof station.
Arriving by plane
Köln/Bonn airport (Flughafen; www.koeln-bonn-airport.de) is 17km south of Cologne’s centre, and is practically halfway Bonn. It is serviced by S13 S-Bahn trains, depart-ing from the station underneath Terminal 2. Some DBregional and long-distance trains also stop at the airport.The journey to Hauptbahnhof (the main station) takes
around 20 minutes and costs €2. Tickets can be purchased
at vending machines in the station or from the DB servicedesk inside Terminal 2, and do not require validation. Youcan also hail a taxi from outside the arrival terminal. The
trip into town takes 20-25 minutes and costs around €25.
Six car rental companies have offices in hall betweenterminals 1 and 2.
Arriving by train
The main train station is Köln Hauptbahnhof, which is abusy transportation hub. International trains including high-speed connections to Paris and Amsterdam passthrough Cologne, and there are excellent connections toall major German cities. S-Bahn commuter trains leave from the last two platforms, while U-Bahn metro trainsdepart from the station underneath Hauptbahnhof. Thestation itself is a mini shopping centre, and containsbars, restaurants, post office (open 06:00-22:00, Sun07:00-22:00), ATMs and a small, pricey supermarket.Most of the stores within the Hauptbahnhof operatebetween the hours of 08:00 and 21:00, while the sta-tion itself is open 24 hours to cater for overnight trainpassengers. There is a police station located at the front of the station, and constant police patrols keepthe riff-raff at bay.
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The Dom Cathedral andthe railway bridge over the Rhine© Günther Ventur, Kölner-Bilder
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Arriving by bus
International buses and coaches depart from Breslauer Platz, at the rear of Hauptbahnhof station, where you will find the Eurolines kiosk as well as offices for the domesticoperators. The bus station is just an ugly depot, and it’sbetter to wait inside the train station, or perhaps in thenearby Cathedral.If you haven’t seen Cologne,you haven’t seen Germany”- this ancient Roman saying is as relevant today as it was2000 years ago, because our beautiful city on the Rhine ismore diverse than most other cities in the country.Cologne has a lot to offer beside Kölsch, Carnival andChurches. Founded 2000years ago by the Romans,Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany, ranked fourth for its population of just over one million, and one of the most popular destina-tions for both German and foreign visitors.I am convinced that our foreign visitors - whether they are football fans or not - will feel at home in the Cathedralcity. Enjoy the sights that Cologne has to offer, its friendly atmosphere and culture.Fritz SchrammaLord Mayor of Cologne
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