Counting the days before Christmas and looking for some distraction? Dig up the adventurer in yourself and hop on a last minute train to Cologne! Easy as it is you enter the train at Utrecht Central station and before you know it you’re in the city centre of one of Germany’s oldest cities: Cologne.
Travel at high speed with the ICE
A white train works one’s way through the landscape towards the eastern border of the Netherlands. That’s the Intercity-Express (ICE) train, which brings you comfortably and at high-speed to the most beautiful cities of Germany. NS International sells tickets for a very friendly price, for only 19 euros you can book a ticket to Cologne!
What to see in Cologne?
This question will immediately be answered as soon as you get off the train at Köln Hauptbahnhof. The imposing Cologne Cathedral is the first thing you’ll see when you set foot in the city centre of Cologne. This medieval cathedral breaks all records: it’s Germany’s most visited landmark, the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and its façade is the largest of any church in the world. But don’t be afraid, besides old churches and lots of cute cobbled stoned streets the city also offers new architecture at hip districts such as Ehrenfield and Belgisches Viertel.
What to do in Cologne?
Okay, in this time of year there’s one clear answer: Christmas shopping! The old streets of Cologne are packed with people strolling the festively decorated city. Once you enter the city you will be greeted by the aroma of baked apples, cinnamon biscuits and glühwein. But also when you want to escape the packed Christmas market, there are plenty of opportunities. Flee to the über cool Belgisches Viertel to see colourful street art and drink ice cocktails. Or immortalize your love or friendship by placing a love lock on Cologne’s Hohenzollern Bridge.
So where are you waiting for? Book that train ticket and spend your next weekend accompanied by Cologne’s Christmas lights!