Cologne is the most important Rhineland city and the ideal starting point for trips on the most beautiful part of the RhineRiver, between Koblenz and Rüdesheim, the UNESCO World Heritage 'Oberes Mittelrheintal', famous for its castles and vinyards and the spectacular passage along the Loreley Rock.
Cologne itself is known for the impressive Cologne Cathedral. All over the city the Romans have left their footprints, and the Roman-GermanicMuseum offers an insight in the times when Cologne was Colonia Agrippina, an important Roman city. Many cosy and lively small bars and restaurants in the old part of the city invite you to stay and enjoy the typical local specialties. For those with a sweet tooth, the world's biggest ChocolateMuseum is a must. Carnival is the most important time in Cologne, but before Christmas the nice and typical Christmas Markets are worth a visit as well. A rewarding day trip could be a visit of Zons, a most authentic ancient city with a completely restored moat and wall - an excursion into the Middle Ages. Belgium and the Netherlands offer additional opportunities for a day trip.