Cologne (Köln) is a vibrant German city famous for its awe-inspiring cathedral, Romanesque churches and atmospheric brewhouses.
Despite its strong religious background, Cologne has a reputation as a goodtime town and its Carnival is one of the biggest in Europe. Visitors can sample the city's famous hospitality in its brewhouses - Cologne boasts more breweries than any other European city. Cologne also offers some fine museums featuring rich Roman remains and an important artistic heritage.Despite losing most of its historic centre in WWII, a small proportion of Cologne's Altstadt survives, right by the river.
But the major draw for visitors is Cologne's cathedral, known as the Dom, arguably the world's greatest gothic edifice and Germany's most visited attraction.