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Explore one of Germany's biggest cities - Cologne

DFDS Cologne Destination Guide

Cologne is like a living architecture exhibition, with buildings from as far back as the ancient Roman times lying next to modern, avant-garde museums and concert halls.

The city is centred on the cathedral, which is regularly voted Germany’s most popular tourist attraction.

Getting to Cologne

Cologne is approximately a 3 hour drive south-east from our IJmuiden port so it’s easy to get to via our Newcastle-Amsterdam route. Alternatively, you could sail from Dover to Dunkirk or Calais and drive to Cologne in just over 4 hours. On the other hand you could sail to our Kiel port and enjoy a picturesque road trip to Cologne – passing Hamburg, Munster and Dusseldorf on route!

Culture in Cologne

Cologne’s cathedral is the biggest single tourist attraction in Germany. With its two 157-metre high towers, Cologne Cathedral towers over the Old Town. As well as the building itself, the Cathedral Treasury displays a stunning collection of religious artefacts, sculptures and other items dating from the 4th to the 20th century.

The Old Town is an attraction worth visiting during your city break. A network of narrow streets with a large variety of cafes, restaurants and shops amongst brightly-coloured houses. Within the medieval city walls, 12 beautiful churches stand in the heart of the city.

Shopping in Cologne

Cologne attracts shoppers from far and wide and offers a wide range of shops from high street fashion to exclusive designer outlets.

Apostelnstrasse is a shopping street in the heart of Cologne. You'll find a whole variety of shops here, including high quality jewellers and goldsmiths.

Neumarkt Passage Arcade is another popular shopping destination with a range of high-quality specialist stores located both inside and outside the arcade. This is the ideal place to stop off for a bite to eat.

Dining in Cologne

Cologne offers numerous bars, cafes and restaurants serving a wide range of dishes. Em Krützche is a charming building in the old town alongside the Rhine houses a traditional restaurant serving classical and Rhenish cuisine. "Zur Tant" and "Hütter's Piccolo" restaurants are on the banks of the Rhine with beautiful views and a terrace.

The bistro offers homemade cooking, while the restaurant menu features gourmet cuisine. Park Plaza is a well-appointed, modern establishment offering outstanding service and serving both regional and international dishes.