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    Cologne has an excellent public transport network consisting of trams, local trains and buses. Bicycles are aavailable for hire on the northern side of the Hauptbahnhof. Local transport systems rarely provide announcein English, but network maps are commonly available to assist with your journey. Those wishing to explore away from the central city should plan their journey and potential connections before leaving. The KVB (KVerkehrs-Betriebe) website [2] (http://www.kvb-koeln.de/german/home/) is a good source of public transpinformation.

    Climate

    The climate of north-western Germany is changeable, with seasonal changes and day-to-day weather oftencomparable to that of the United Kingdom or Northern France. Travellers to Cologne can expect the hottesof the year to be July (in July 2010 the temperatures were above 30 degrees for several days) , the coldest iJanuary (temperature hovering around the freezing mark) and the month with the most precipitation is June.

    TalkGerman is of course the language of this city but it is very easy to find information in French and English, als

    sometimes in Spanish and Japanese. Due to a large number of immigrants, Turkish, Polish and Russian are awidely spoken. Announcements in the main train station ( Hauptbahnhof ) are in German, French and English.

    Get inBy bus

    Cologne has an (inter)national bus station ( ZOB); it is located at Breslauer Platz on the north side of the Hauptbahnhof [3] (http://www.deutsche-touring.de/010_linie_bild/016koeln.gif) . Direct daily buses to Serbalternate daily buses to Montenegro.

    By plane

    Cologne Bonn Airport(IATA: CGN), [4] (http://www.koeln-bonn-airport.de/index.php?lang=2) , hainternational and domestic flights and is a hub for the low cost airlines Germanwings [5](http://www.germanwings.com) and TUIfly [6] (http://www.flytui.co.uk) . The airport is approximatelyminutes byS-Bahn (local train) to the center of Cologne. S-Bahn fare (ticket zone 1b) is currently 2.4one-way.

    Dsseldorf International Airport (IATA: DUS), [7] (http://www.duesseldorf-international.de/) TheDsseldorf airport offers many intercontinental connections. Train ride from the airport train station toCologne central station takes about 40 minutes.

    Frankfurt Rhein Main International Airport (IATA: FRA), [8] (http://www.frankfurt-airport.de/) is tlargest airport in Germany, served by all major international airlines. ICE (InterCityExpress) high speeconnect Frankfurt Airport and Cologne central station in less than one hour. Standard one way fare isyou book your Deutsche Bahn train ticket online[9] (http://www.bahn.de) three days before your depto Cologne, there are a limited number of seats at a reduced price of 30-50%. If you pay full price yonot have to take a specific train, but discounted tickets are restricted to the train on your reservation.Note:

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    Central Railway Station

    Trains via Koblenz, which use the slower, yet extremely scenic route along the Rhine Valley are also 3cheaper. The ICE train takes about one hour, the slower more scenic route takes about two hours.

    By train

    Cologne is served by two major train stations -KlnHauptbahnhof [10]

    (http://www.bahnhof.de/site/bahnhoefe/de/west/koeln/koeln__hbf.html) andKln-Deutz.

    Cologne is linked with Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris by Thalys and ICE High Speed trains. Additionally, tFrankfurt airport (IATA:FRA) has direct service to Cologne and is within one hour by ICE trains.

    By car

    As of January 1, 2008, Cologne requires all cars to have a "Low Emissions" sticker in order to drive aroundcity center (Low Emission Zone, "Umweltzone"). Information on obtaining a sticker (which must be done at several weeks in advance) is available here [11] (http://www.stadt-koeln.de/en/lowemissionzone/index.html)

    Plenty of motorways (Autobahns A1, A4, A3, A57, A555) lead to Cologne. During rush hour the streets arheavily congested, also due to massive construction of a new subway tunnel Nord-Sd Stadtbahn, crossing city centre.

    For cheap parking, with quick connections to central cologne, use park and ride ("park und ride"). At somestations, parking is free when you present a validated transit ticket on exit. More info can be found here [12(http://nicecity.de/english/arrival_car.htm) .

    Find a street map, also showing where you can switch into a KVB subway, S-Bahn or Bus here [13]

    (http://www.hot-maps.de/europe/germany/nrw/cologne/homeen.html) .

    Get aroundCologne has a very good subway/tram and bus network "KVB" (Klner Verkehrsbetriebe); one- and threepasses are available. The tickets are valid for subway, tram and regional train within the VRS-network. Tripsthe city limits require zone 1b tickets. For short trips of up to 4 stops on subway, tram or bus there is also thslightly cheaper "Kurzstrecke" (short trip ticket). A map of the network should be found at any station, and oKlner Verkehrsbetriebe cologne station maps are available online here [14] (http://www.kvb-koeln.de/stad.

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    Cologne'ssubway and tram-system, or U-Bahn, is a mixture between both systems: A subway line can go ostreet-level and end up as a tram or vice versa. There are vending machines or ticket-offices at larger stationtrains and buses also have vending-machines. See the public bus, tram and subway-company KVB [15](http://www.kvb-koeln.de/german/fahrplan/linienplan.html) for printable maps of the bus/tram/subway system[16] (http://www.kvb-koeln.de/stadtplan) for their official street map of Cologne.

    Regional Trains are known as "S-Bahn", "Regional-Bahn" and "Regional Express". Not all the trains have tvending-machines so remember to buy a ticket at the station.

    Cologne has, like Berlin, Munich and Frankfurt, aCall A Bike- System. After you sign up to the system, use ycredit-card to pay per minute, and you can pick up or drop off one of the silver-red bikes anywhere in the chere [17] (http://www.callabike.de/-S:4OBx49:dn@1wdNNaVeGnNNNNOhM/konzern/holding/db_rent/dbag_60_cab_engl.shtml) for details

    But, on the whole, the centre of Cologne is notthat big for a city of one million. It is entirely feasible to walk frone end of the centre, say, the Rudolfplatz, to the other end, say, the Dom , on foot in half an hour. On the otherhand, a trip by subway/tram line 13, which encircles the larger part of the town, takes close to 3/4 of an housites attractive to tourists are located inside the #13 line's track or immediate outside it, and most sights are l

    within walking distance in the inner city).Student Travel Tip: Student travel can be very cheap to and from Cologne, as well as the surrounding areaGerman rail company (DB: Deutsche Bahn) offer a 'Schoene Ferien Ticket' during student holiday times andfree travel throughout Northrhein Westphalia on local buses, trams, U-Bahn and some trains. Prices range fraround 48 for summer holidays to 16 for Easter holidays, but prices can change year-on-year.

    The ticket is available to anyone with valid student identification (student union card, enrolement card etc.) apersonal identification (passport, driving licence etc.). Note: the ticket is only valid for student holiday datesNorthrhein Westphalia and the ticket is not valid for high speed express trains. Visit/contact Deutsche Bahn (http://www.bahn.de/) for more information before travelling to Germany.

    SeeKlner Dom, (U-Bahn: Dom / Hbf ), [19] (http://www.koelner-dom.de) . Monday - Sunday: 6.00 - 1Protected by UNESCO [20] (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/292) , Cologne'sDomis the first sight you wilnotice when taking the main exit from the central station. (If you don't see it, you've taken the back exyou are in good shape, take the 509 stairs to the top of the south tower. It takes about an hour, so wecomfortable shoes, but it's worth the hike. Touring the Cathedral is forbidden during Mass. Entry intocathedral is free but you will be asked for a donation. Admission to the tower costs (regular/reduced) 2.50/1.50. Admission to the treasury costs (regular/reduced): 4/2, however, a combined ticket gyou admission to the treasury and tower can be purchased for (regular/reduced): 5/2.50.edit

    Die Klner Synagoge, Roonstrae 50 (U-Bahn: Zlpicher Platz ), +49/(0)221/921560-0 (fax:+49/(0)221/921560-9), [21] (http://www.sgk.de/) . Thesynagogueis notable for its architecture thatlooks, well, right out of Gotham City. The Torah within the synagogue was rescued by a Catholic prieanother synagogue as it was being burned during Nazi rule. In August of 2005 Pope Benedict XVI visthe synagogue, becoming the second pope to ever visit a synagogue.edit

    Veedel - City Quarters. Cologne is well known for its "Veedel" or traditional neighborhoods. Here, m

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    Klner Dom

    notably in the bohemian Agnesviertel , you can findindependent designers, bookshops, bars, and art galleries.There are also historical monuments, such as the North CityGate or Eigelsteintorburg in the Agnesviertel, very near toFort X , built to protect the city from French attacks, and

    Agneskirche , a late neo-gothic church on the boulevardesque Neusserstrasse . Neusserstrasse also has a yoga school, an

    Aikido school, a great japanese restaurant, a well-stockedbookshop, and a range of pubs. Nearby you will find the AlteFeuerwache , where there are regular exhibitions on politicaltopics and a surreal flea market every four weeks in summer.Opposite Alte Feuerwache is the Artclub , with regularexhibitions of contemporary art, and on Ebertplatz there is acinema (Metropolis) which shows English language films in theoriginal. On nearby Lbeckerstrasse, you will find theuncompromisingly ArtyFilmpalette cinema. To round off atrip to the Agnesviertel, you might like a klsch in the

    Lapidarium (right beside the North City Gate) or a coffee inCafe Schmitz , Cologne's grooviest poser hangout (they alsodo a great breakfast.) All of these great places are within ashort walk of Ebertplatz U-Bahn. Other "Veedel" include Ehrenfeld , Nippes , and the historicalSdstadt .

    Agnesviertel, (U-Bahn: Ebertplatz (Agnesviertel) Krnerstrasse (Ehrenfeld) Chlodwigplatz(Sdstadt) ). edit

    12 Romanesque Churches: St. Kunibert (with wonderful stained glass windows), St. Severin, St. MaLyskirchen, St. Andreas, St. Aposteln, St. Gereon, St. Ursula, St. Pantaleon, St. Maria im Kapitol, GMartin, St. Georg and St. Ccilien

    Parks : Cologne has 2 park areas (Grngrtel ) encircling the city (immediately outside the medieval citylimits) and nearly the entire town, respectively, which were set aside as public recreation areas after WWar I. The innerGrngrtel is probably more easy to reach for tourists who only stay a few days. Monotably areVolksgarten , Hiroshima-Nagasaki- (colloquially known as Aachener-Weiher- ) andStadtgarten parks where thousands of people come together to enjoy the sun, play and barbecue whweather is fine. All these parks have an associated beer garden. Be aware to dispose any packaging,charcoal etc into the wastebins (which are unfortunately few and far between), as the city has begun temploy anti-littering patrols that will levy a stiff fine on anyone seen littering. Metro: Eifelplatz forVolksgarten, Universittsstrae for Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Park, Hans-Bckler-Platz/Bahnhof West forStadtgarten.

    Museums and Galleries

    Cologne has one of the world's best collections of museums and galleries for a city of its size. As well as womuseums of art and archaeology, Kln boasts two museums of ecclesiastical art, both housed in architecturastunning buildings. There is also an ethnographic museum, a chocolate museum, the German Sport Museumabundance of Roman remains. One can purchase a MuseumsCard from one of the municipal museums (suc

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    first five listed below). The family card, which costs approximately 20, entitles 2 adults and 2 children (undfree admission to each of the municipal museums during two consecutive opening days. On its first day of vacan also be used as a ticket on all buses and trams on the local transportation system VRS.

    Museum Ludwig, Bischofsgartenstrae 1 (U-Bahn: Dom/Hbf ), +49/(0)221/221-26165(info@museum-ludwig.de , fax: +49/(0)221/221-24114), [22] (http://www.museenkoeln.de/museum-ludwig/) . A museum of modern art, near central station and the Dom hosts a worthy regular exhibitionwell as temporary exhibitions.edit

    Museum fr Angewandte Kunst, An der Rechtschule (U-Bahn: Dom/Hauptbahnhof ),+49/(0)221/221-23860 (mfak@stadt-koeln.de , fax: +49/(0)221/221-23885), [23](http://www.museenkoeln.de/english/museum-fuer-angewandte-kunst/) . Tuesday - Sunday: 11PM Museum fr Angewandte Kunst has a collection of popular design items, as well as temporary exhibitAdmission: Regular: 4.20, Reduced: 2.60.edit

    Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Martinstrae 39 (U-Bahn: Dom/Hauptbahnhof plus 10 minutes walk,Tram Heumarkt, Bus Rathaus or Grzenich ), +49/(0)221/221-27694 (wrm@museenkoeln.de , fax:+49/(0)221/221-22629), [24] (http://www.museenkoeln.de/english/wallraf-richartz-museum/) . Thu 18PM, Wed-Fri 10PM - 6PM, Sat-Sun 11PM - 6 p.pm.. The Wallraf-Richartz Museum is an art gallea collection of fine art from the medieval period to the early twentieth century. Admission: (permanentcollection and special exhibition) 9,-/reduced 6,-.edit

    Rmisch-Germanisches Museum, Roncalliplatz 4 ( Adjacent to the Cathedral's right side from itsmain facade. ), +49/(0)221/221-22304 (roemisch-germanisches-museum@stadt-koeln.de , fax:+49/(0)221/221-24030), [25] (http://www.museenkoeln.de/english/roemisch-germanisches-museum/Tuesday - Sunday 10 AM - 5 PM. Rmisch-Germanisches Museum explores the history of Roman hin Cologne and the surrounding area. The museum's tour guides are exceptionally dull and can make a

    seem like it lasted just as long as the Roman empire. If you can, wander around the museum by yoursAdmission: 6.45 or 7.45 including admission to the praetorium (an excavation of various buildings)edit

    Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum fr Vlkerkunde , Ubierring 45 (U-Bahn: Ubierring ),+49/(0)221/336940 (rjm@rjm.museenkoeln.de , fax: +49/(0)221/3369410), [26](http://www.museenkoeln.de/english/rautenstrauch-joest-museum/) . Tuesday to Friday: 10PM 4PMSaturday and Sunday: 11PM 4PM. North Rhine-Westphalia's only ethnological museum, it has a fincollection of Amerindian and Australian-Polynesian artifacts. Admission (including temporary exhibitsRegular: 4, Reduced: 3.edit

    Kolumba, Kolumbastrae 4 - 50667 Kln, [27] (http://www.kolumba.de/) . An architectural wo...