Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich: are these the first destinations that come to mind when traveling to Germany? To get away from the most well known and traditional itineraries and road trips, to the west of the country, we suggest Cologne, a beautiful, vibrant and friendly city.
Cologne (Köln in German) is the 4th largest German city, with about 1 million inhabitants, and with a lighter and more relaxed climate, the city stands out from the rest of the country – as well as being one of the most financially accessible destinations.
Cologne is located 3h05 from Faro Airport and has received about 6 million tourists a year, who fall in love with this city at first sight! Cologne boasts beautiful scenery and buildings, and is a major cultural center housing dozens of churches, museums, events and art galleries. With eclectic attractions for all ages, tastes and pockets, Cologne attracts more and more people, from every corner of the world, who seek tranquility, fun, leisure and culture.
Among the most famous attractions that can not be missed are the iconic and majestic Cologne Cathedral. This monument, of gothic construction, resisted the attack of 7 bombs during the war. Its towers are 157m high, and it is believed that the building houses the remains of the 3 Magi. We also suggest visiting the equally interesting Romanian-Germanic Museum, Ludwig Museum and St. Martin’s Church.
Since it is in Cologne, you can take advantage of the Farina Museum, the oldest perfumery in the world, and the origin of the ‘Eau de Cologne’, and the Schokoladen Museum, the delightful walk in the Lindt chocolate museum. If you happen to be in Cologne in December, do not miss the famous Christmas Market. Visited by thousands of people every year, at the Cologne Christmas Market you can drink a great glühwein (hot wine with spices), eat pretzels of different flavors and meet some of the local artists.
Equally beautiful any time of the year, Cologne is one of the best destinations for your winter, and do not disappoint anyone passing by! Fly from Faro Airport and get to know the most cheerful, charming and bohemian city in Germany.