Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany, founded by the Romans more than 2,000 years ago. Located along the Rhine River in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, it is Germany's fourth-largest city after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich and one of the world's great cultural centres. Combine cheap flights from Australia to Colonge, discount accommodation and car hire options, and save heaps on a Cologne holiday. Direct Flights offers tones of cheap holiday packages to the greatest holiday hotspots all over Germany.
Home to more than 30 museums and hundreds of art galleries, Cologne offers much to art lovers and those who are fascinated by antiquities. But more than anything, Cologne is a city of churches. Twelve large Roman collegiate, monastery and convent churches, among the most important in Western Europe, are located within the walls of Cologne's old mediaeval city.
The city's world-famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. Renowned for being one of the world's classic pieces of Gothic architecture, it is also one of the world's largest churches, standing tall as an awe-inspiring monument of Christianity. The world's tallest structure for several years after its completion, Cologne Cathedral features the largest facade of any church in the world. Cathedral visitors who climb more than 500 steps are rewarded by an awesome view of the city from a towering observation platform. Cologne Cathedral is a World Heritage Site, and rightfully so. It's also Cologne's most famous landmark, described by UNESCO as an "exceptional work of human creative genius." Make sure to book a museum and city tour when you plan and book your discount Cologne holiday with Direct Flights - we offer heaps of activities to keep you, the kids, the parents, the friends and the colleagues entertained and captivated whilst on holidays in Cologne.
In addition to its churches, Cologne offers up numerous museums and art galleries where visitors on cheap Cologne travel packages can find historical exhibits and art collections to suit any taste. For example, the Wallraf-Richartz Museum houses an art gallery with a collection of fine art from the mediaeval period to the early twentieth century. Museum Ludwig features modern art, with works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and one of the largest Picasso collections in Europe. The Römisch-Germanischem Museum showcases the Roman period of Cologne: a visit to its Praetorium is said to be like "an elevator trip back to Roman times. And for a change of pace from history and fine art, visit the fascinating Schokoladen Museum, dedicated solely to the process of chocolate-making. Visit the Direct Flights web site to arrange discount travel to Cologne, and you can see all of this and more - book insurance, discount hotel and car hire options, and cheap flights from Australia to Cologne and get started on your German holiday!
When you visit Cologne you'll be enchanted by its eclectic blend of mediaeval structures, Romanesque churches, simple post-war buildings, and ultra-modern architecture. If you walk along the Altstadt (Old Town) Rhine promenade you'll find some of Cologne's oldest houses, many of which have been converted into bars, cafes and restaurants that are full of local colour. Behind them you'll encounter Gross St. Martin, an 11th century church that, along with the Cathedral, dominates the city skyline. And while you're near the Rhine River, catch one of the many sightseeing boats that offer opportunities for beautiful photographs along the river - day trips as well as longer excursions are available. Check in the destination activities section of the Direct Flights online travel booking engine and select and book the activities that suit your travel budget and taste.
Cologne's unique attractions will keep you busy the entire time you are there. One of the sights you won't see anywhere else is the 4711 House. Cologne is the birthplace of Eau de Cologne, and the original version (called 4711) is still produced there. If you visit the unique 4711 House you'll see a barrel with 4711 running out of it. You can even put your hand under the barrel's tap and get a free splash of this historic fragrance. Cologne is also a shopper's paradise. The city features a large variety of small shops and boutiques as well as large department stores. And even shopping in Cologne is unique, colourful and scenic, as many of its shops are located along beautiful streets or within elegant passageways in the city centre. Hire a car with plenty of boot space for all your shopping bags - you can book discount car hire options in Cologne with Direct Flights.
Last but not least among the city's many virtues for travellers on Cologne discount travel packages, Cologne is a large air and rail travel hub and is extremely easy to get to from anywhere in Germany or elsewhere in the world, including Australia, the UK and the United States. Cologne's international airport is located between Cologne and nearby Bonn, and with many flights to Cologne, it serves both of those cities. Get daily cheap flights from Cologne to Munich, Dusseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt and Hamburg. And Cologne's huge central train station is one of Europe's key rail hubs. For travellers using Germany's excellent rail system, Germany Rail Passes offer discount travel around Germany and to neighboring European countries, linking Cologne with Frankfurt-am-Main, Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Prague, Madrid, Split, Vienna, Budapest, Florence, Rome and Paris. Baden-Baden and Strasbourg and Colmar, France are other interesting nearby destinations that are easily reached from Cologne.
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