What You Need to Know Before You Go

Cologne is one of Germany’s most fascinating destinations—a historic, cozy city filled with beer gardens and first-class chocolatiers, and overlooked by the jaw-dropping Cologne Cathedral. The twin-spired cathedral really is an impressive sight, and those who make the 533-step climb up the South Tower will be treated to fantastic views.

Although you may find yourself click-clacking down cobblestone streets or through the Old Town, Cologne isn’t frozen in time. The Museum Ludwig exhibits works by Warhol, the Cologne Carnival electrifies the city every February, and the Agnesviertel neighborhood is bursting with bohemian verve.

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