As Germany’s fourth largest city, visitors to Cologne can expect a superlative choice of hotels, and a wide range of both gentle, and lively, summertime activities. Open-deck boat rides on the rippling Rhine will entice young and old;cycling takes on a new meaning when you are meandering pastRomanesque churches, stopping off along the route to sip cooling Kölsch lager in a beer garden.
Take a relaxing stroll down to the yacht harbour in Cologne. One of the great attractions to visitors here is the beautiful open-air entertainment arena, with a floating screen. TheRheinauhafen district springs to life in a gorgeous illuminated setting and an atmosphere of Mediterranean vitality and warmth. Sit back and relax, with plenty of refreshment, and watch an old classic or one of the latest, modern films.
The River Rhineand boat riding
Cologne’s Gothic cathedral is one of the most visited attractions in the city. It is also the pride of the locals with its stunning spire rising up to the skyline. Take a boat trip up and down the Rhine for the best view of the city, which will also include the beautiful Rheinpark and the city’s iconic bridges. Tours last an hour and the white and red Köln-Düsseldorferboats leave regularly from the Rheingarten embankment, near the Old Town, in the centre of Cologne.
The beach clubs of Cologne
The Rhine is not just for boating. Opened in 2004, the Cologne Beach Club is one of the most appealing city beaches occupying 689Km. TheTanzbrunnen, an open air theatre, is located on a sandy stretch of the river Rhine where open air concerts for an audience of up to 12,500 will leave you with a lasting memory. Delight in the scenic river view before you as the boatspass lazilyby; at the Citybeach, relax on a sun lounger, beneath the cooling branches of a palm tree. Sippinga cool glass of wine, you can simply lie back and admire thequiet grandeur of the city’s cathedral rising up in the background. Beside the Escher lake you will find the Sundown Beach, with its choice of delectable and refreshing cocktails.
Cycling tours and beer gardens
One of the best ways to explore cologne is by bike which is especially popular in fine weather. Head to the Old Town where you can rent a bike on Markmanngasse; discover Roman and medieval monuments off the beaten track, the Stadtwald forest and the green belt. Not to be missed is a refreshing stopover at one of the many beer gardens along the way. For the less intrepid, a guided tour is also available.
Kölsch in a beer garden
Cologne is perfect for a summer break or long weekend. Before going home, visit one of its traditional beer gardens and enjoy a must-have glass of Kölsch.You don’t have to be too adventurous to take a short stroll from the cathedralto Früh, the city’s well known brewery.If you are looking for shade, then head to the beer garden of Päffgen Brewery. Here you can cool off under the shade of chestnut trees and enjoy some real cologne snacks with your glass of Kölsch. Some of the tempting treats on offer are pickled beef roast with dumplings, a rye roll and chunk of cheese.
Cologne’s greenbelt district
The ‘greenbelt’ regionstretches for 7m, bringing a real taste of the country to Cologne. It stretches between RhiehlerRheinufer and LuxemburgerStrasse and brings a combination of history, culture and natural scenic beauty. Discover shady lakes where children can go pedal boating, amongst meadows and medieval remains.
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