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The main train station is situated just next to Cologne's primary Cathedral (der Dom); train lines operate for both the Hauptbahnhof (main station) and the Domstadt (City of the Great Cathedral). The Hauptbahnhof was the site of the Botanical Gardens now lying in Riehl (Cologne suburb) and now has lines for the ICE (Inter City Express) 3, the Thalys and "Sprinter", allowing high-speed international connections between Amsterdam (2 hours 30 minutes), Berlin, Brussels (2 hours, 30 minutes), Hamburg, London (5 hours 10 minutes) and Paris (4 hours). Trains between Ebbsfleet and Cologne run around 10 times a week.
Eurostar trains between Ebbsfleet International and Cologne have average journey times of 5 hours, 46 minutes, with an indirect route through Lille, Brussels and Liege. Travel to Germany via highspeed rail gives travellers the opportunity to enjoy the scenery of three different countries as they pass through in comfort. The best time to book tickets is at Christmas time, as like the vast majority of German cities, Cologne is full of Christmas markets and festivities, which is always popular with every kind of visitor.
Cologne lies on the Rhine River north of Bonn in North Rhine-Westphalia, western Germany and is the fourth largest city in Germany with a population of over 990000. It was originally a Roman settlement (Colonia Agrippina) in the first century BC that flourished under the Hanseatic League; it also became a banking centre and an important hub of art and learning.
The city is a commercial, financial, and industrial centre, a rail and road junction, one of Europe's key inland ports and a major media centre with many publishing houses and production facilities. Its commercial importance grew out of its location on the major European trade routes. The city’s architecture is a wide mix of styles and periods, despite its almost complete destruction in World War II. Cologne’s industries include automobile engines, engineering, electronics engineering, metals, chemicals, textiles, printed materials, and eau de cologne (produced commercially there since the 18th century).
Points of Interest
summerjam annual reggae
Christopher Street Day (CSD) gay/lesbian pride
Romantic Summer Festival
Restaurants and cafés: Brauhaus Sion, Em Krützche, Haxenhaus Zum Rheingarten, La Vision, Wackes
Bars and clubs: Brauhaus Peters, Früh am Dom, Rosebud, Stadtgarten
Clubs and music: LANXESS arena, Studio 672 (the nightclub section of Stadtgarden), Alter Wartesaal, Papa Joe's Jazzlokal
The main shopping street is Schildergasse which runs parallel to Breitestrasse
Neumarkt Galerie shopping centre
Kölner Wasser shops (Eau de Cologne)- 4711-Haus at Glockengasse and Farina-Haus opposite the town hall at Obenmarspforten 21
Rudolfplatz, Mittlestrasse, Ehrenstrasse, Pfeilstrasse and Benesissttrasse for formal and evening clothing, jewellery, home furnishings and antique boutiques.
Ehrenstrasse and Breitestrasse for smart, but not so exclusive clothing.
Cologne Main Attractions
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