Cologne, in the far west of Germany, is the country's fourth-largest city, and the largest city in the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area. The city offers seemingly endless attractions including its spectacular cathedral which, in a number of surveys, has been voted to be the country’s single most popular tourist attraction. The Romans founded the city back in 38BC so don’t be surprised when, amongst the medieval buildings and modern architecture that fills the city, you also come across some Roman remains too. Cologne is also famous for its lively and colourful carnival that runs over the two days before Lent begins each year and features parades, performances and masquerades.
Cologne Cathedral is a quite stunning building that is the centrepiece of the city. Building began in 1248 and its iconic filigree twin spires dominate the skyline. The two other things that are quintessential Cologne hallmark museums are chocolate making and the perfume that bears its name. The futuristic Chocolate Museum, made of steel and glass, is right on the banks of the Rhine close to Cologne's Old Town. Inside, it explores 3,000 years of chocolate making around the world. The Farina Fragrance Museum is located in Cologne’s oldest fragrance factory which was founded in 1709. Over several floors, it shows all the stages of perfume manufacture, and concentrates particularly on the making of Eau de Cologne. For a breath of fresh air, why not head to Rheinpark, 90 acres of parkland that stretch along the banks of the Rhine. Of course, if you rent a car in Cologne you can venture even further afield to discover more about the stunning Rhine valley or even to visit one of several theme parks in the area including the stunning Phantasialand.
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