Those seeking an exciting and diverse city break should look no further than Cologne – the fourth largest metropolis in Germany. Located on the banks of the Rhine River, this 2,000-year-old city boasts a cosmopolitan vibe and countless cultural attractions. Known in Germany as 'Koln', this city offers something for everyone – romantic architecture, artistic inspiration and plenty of party spots.
Founded by the Romans and sandwiched snugly between Dusseldorf and Bonn, this marvellous metropolis is just 10 miles from Koln-Bonn Airport, which serves all three cities. Why not discover this hidden gem of a destination by booking cheap flights to Cologne on Flybe today? Use the 'Book Now' tool on this page to discover the latest information on schedules and availability.
Sensational Cologne is a 'city of churches' and offers a plethora of scenery to satisfy artists, architects and historians alike. Those looking to absorb modern art will love the Museum Ludwig, which houses a huge collection of pop-art from Andy Warhol as well as some super famous surrealist and abstract pieces. Prepare to be dazzled by dynamic design from a variety of periods including the futuristic Koln Triangle skyscraper and the magnificent Gross St. Martin Romanesque church, which rests on the remains of a Roman chapel.
The most iconic landmark in Cologne – and probably the whole of Germany – is the colossal Cathedral. A premium example of Gothic architectural excellence, this awe-inspiring ancient relic is a main draw for tourists from across the globe. Taking an astonishing 632 years to build, this spectacular structure is a real labour of love, constructed to house the Shrine of the Three Kings. The titanic twin spires spike high into the heavens (157 metres to be exact) and if you're fit and able you must climb the 509 stony steps of the south tower for panoramic views of the River Rhine. The stunning stained glass windows are a photographers dream, bringing scenes from the Bible to life with spectacular effect - the thousands of squares of brightly tinted glass sparkle spectacularly in the German sunlight.
Guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to food and drink. The old town boasts an infinite variety of restaurants, including romantic candlelit eateries, indulgent bakeries, ice cream parlours and quaint outdoor cafes. Foodies will love sampling traditional German fare, including mouth-watering slow-cooked pork and sauerkraut and 'Flonz' (blood sausages – similar to black pudding). This cathedral city is famous for its jovial atmosphere and lively nightlife, with over 70 clubs concentrated in the trendy Belgian quarter and along Zülpicher Straße and Luxemburger Straße. Party-lovers venture to Munich for Oktoberfest - but why not consider Cologne as a less touristy alternative to satisfy your need for brilliant beer, authentic oom-pah music and evening entertainment? Pay a visit to one of the traditional local pubs and make sure to sample a Light Kolsch, the signature brew of the locals. If you want a spot of retail therapy, Cologne boasts some of the best shopping streets in Germany, where you can browse ultra-modern department stores, one-off boutiques and celebrated chocolate shops. Those looking to stock up on Cologne's world-famous perfume should head to Farina-Haus, the birthplace of eau de toilette and the oldest perfumery in the world dating back to 1709 – counting Napoleon and Louis XV as customers.
Whatever you are looking for, this gorgeous German city has it all, so what are you waiting for? Flights from Birmingham to Cologne are especially convenient for UK travellers, so secure your seat for an upcoming trip with Flybe today.