Why You Should Visit Cologne
Once the center of Western civilization in the medieval ages as the biggest city of the Holy Roman Empire, Cologne is a city teeming with history and perhaps best known for its stunning Gothic cathedral. Although Cologne is renowned for its many historic landmarks, it has developed a reputation as one of the more liberal cities in Germany where you can enjoy many bohemian neighborhoods, street murals and festivals. One of the best festivals in the city is the Cologne Carnival in February with a Christmas theme, while you can also find many interesting artistic events throughout the city. Cologne is noted for its excellent museums and art galleries which are well worth visiting like the Museum Ludwig modern art museum and the Wallraf-Richartz Museum with its classical art. Be sure to check out some of the city’s beautiful parks and walkways along the river where you can take a serene walk or enjoy a picnic with all the family.
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Arriving In Cologne
Cologne Bonn Airport is the sixth busiest airport in Germany comprised of two passenger terminals. Situated around 15 km from both Cologne and Bonn, the airport offers all of the amenities and facilities you would expect of a modern airport. When you have arrived at the airport, the easiest way to travel into the center of Cologne is to catch the S-Bahn train which takes only 15 minutes. Inside the airport travelers can look forward to an extensive range of retail and duty-free shops, while there are also plenty of places to eat or grab a quick drink.
If you are looking to catch flights from the UAE to Cologne you will be able to fly out of Dubai. Currently the only airline providing flights on this route is Condor, with all flights departing from Al Maktoum International Airport on a seasonal charter basis.
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Cologne Travel Information
As Germany is a part of the Schengen Area there is no need to worry about getting a visa if you are a UAE national. The summer weather in the city is warm and pleasant with average highs of around 24 degrees during July and August, although you can expect cold temperatures if you are visiting over the winter period. The city is served by an extensive public transport network which consists of trams, buses and a subway network, although you will be able to rent a car at Cologne airport if you want to.
* This information is correct as of October 2017
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