A cultural hub in western Germany, Cologne is teeming with eye-popping museums, iconic art galleries and fantastic festivals. The city also boasts an impressive portfolio of Gothic architecture, and has over 2,000 years of history for tourists to sink their teeth into. Situated on the Rhine River, this riveting city has one international airport, Cologne Bonn Airport, and with a number of direct flights available from across the UK, booking flights to Cologne couldn’t be any simpler.
Cologne has enough energy to fuel fun-filled visits all year round. The epic Cologne Carnival is a must-see. It kicks off with a one-day celebration in November and continues on into February, culminating in the highlight of the season – Rosenmontag. Whether you catch the dazzling beginning or the raucous tail end, the world-famous carnival won’t disappoint with its costumes, music, parades and plentiful German beer. The city is overflowing with visitors during the carnival festivities, so return flights to Cologne may be that bit pricier. Summer in Cologne is stunning and you can happily laze along the Rhine with the locals, soaking up the glorious sunshine. Winters are fairly bitter and you’ll certainly need a few woolly layers to face the bracing outdoors. That being said, cheap flights to Cologne can be snapped up during this low season, and you can always warm up with a glühwein at one of the annual Christmas markets.
Finding cheap tickets to Cologne is easy, with a range of air carriers offering a juicy list of routes to this German gem. Ryanair offers direct flights from London Stansted Airport, while Germanwings flies the flag with direct flights from London Stansted Airport and Manchester International Airport. Hop aboard a Lufthansa flight and jet out of Birmingham Airport. British Airways can also get you to Cologne with flights from Newcastle Airport and Belfast George Best Airport.
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Cologne Bonn Airport lies about 10 miles southeast of the city centre. You can get to central Cologne in a rental car or taxi in about 20 minutes if traffic is on your side. Taxi fares to the city centre are around €25 to €30. Public transport is cheaper, and there are plenty of options. A fat roster of buses will nip you to central Cologne, with tickets available from €6 per adult. If you fancy a trip on a train, the S Bahn line leaves directly from the airport, with fares starting from around €2.
Cologne is well worth a visit for beer enthusiasts and thirsty travellers alike, and there’s no better time than during the city’s annual Oktoberfest celebrations. If your taste buds prefer a sweeter indulgence, pay homage to the world’s favourite sweet treat at the Chocolate Museum. When you’ve had your fill of food and drink, feast your eyes on the spine-tingling gothic spectacle of Cologne Cathedral – a massive, melodramatic marvel in the heart of the city.
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