Cologne, Germany

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Cologne, Germany

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Cologne is Germany's cool kid

Cologne _ K_ln _ is the hip kid on the German block. Part gritty industrial river town, part cultural kingpin of North Rhine-Westphalia, it's gilded with the great iron backbone of Hohenzollern Bridge and topped with the haunting Gothic outline of the Cologne Cathedral _ the most visited landmark in the country. The town's best seen as a woven patchwork of neighborhoods _ Agnesviertel with its boho bakeries and bars, Rheinauhafen with its UFO-like modernist spaces. Each has its own vibe and character, and comes with its own cool Cologne vacation rentals, swish condominiums, spacious penthouse apartments _ the list goes on.

From sightseeing to saunas in Cologne

Hop-on, hop-off buses wiggle through the wide streets of Cologne to reveal its wondrous Romanesque churches and the soaring spires of its mighty Cathedral. There are guided tours of all types, whether it's for beer tasting in the half-timbered Rhineland pubs or historical river cruises up and down the green lands of the Rhine valley. February ushers in the surreal Cologne Carnival days, which see the streets fill with a menagerie of medieval costume and dance. There are also excellent spas and saunas that steam all year _ just don't expect to be wearing any trunks, it's not the German wayÉ

An Old Town of delights in Cologne

The Cologne Inner Town or Old Town are the places to seek out Cologne vacation rentals to really immerse yourself in this city's mishmash of mind-boggling sights. Settle on the north side to gaze up at the great Cologne Cathedral from your flat, right by the thought-provoking photography exhibits of the Museum Ludwig. The Roman-German Museum is just a few steps from that, offering a glimpse into the ancient world of Cologne. The town also has a tasty Chocolate Museum, and the Koelner Zoo packed with lions and flamingos _ both perfect for the younger ones.

Cologne is a year-round destination

You could say that Cologne never gets old but it's already got more than 2,000 years of Roman and Medieval past behind it. The point is that Cologne never gets old for visitors, no matter the time of year they come. You could book cozy Cologne vacation rentals in the winter _ from December to March _ when hearty Christmas markets sizzle with bratwurst and smell of spicy mulled wine. February is packed for the Carnival, while spring and summer, from May to August, are great for enjoying outdoor sightseeing and beer drinking in the Old Town.

Rhineland beauty around Cologne

Nature starts on the bends of the River Rhine in Cologne. There, pockets of urban greenery like the Rheinpark take over from the Gothic churches and the old industrial sectors of the city. Picnic spots, biking trails, and boating docks all line the water. On the eastern side of town is the Konigsforst. This designated national area of woodland is a wilder escape, packed with misty bogs and canals. Moving even further south will take you to the steep-sided valleys of the romantic Rhineland, a place of cascading vineyards and hills topped with castles.