Cheap Flights To Cologne
- Area City : 405.15 km² (156.43 sq mi)
- Area Codes : 0221, 02203 (Porz)
- Currency : Euros (EUR)
- Population City (2015) : 1,060,582
- Official Language : Traditionally Ripuarian, replaced by German
- Time Zone : CET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
- Airport : Cologne Bonn Airport
Cologne Bonn Airport is one of Germany’s largest commercial airports, ranked seventh globally with around 10.3 million passengers in 2015 alone taking advantage of the hundreds of flights to Cologne annually. The airport proudly snatched the Skytrax award for Europe’s Best Regional Airport for the third successive year. Getting from the airport to the city is a breeze with the airports own underground railway station (in front of Terminals 1 & 2) including easy access to motorways and dual carriageways. Train services comprise the high-speed Inter City Express (ICE), the Regional Express (RE) and the S-Bahn urban trains.
Travellers from South Africa can take cheap flights from Durban to Cologne with the following airlines:
- Turkish (via Istanbul)
- South African Airways/Lufthansa (via Johannesburg, Munich)
- British Airways (via Johannesburg, Istanbul)
- South African Airways/Swiss/Eurowings (via Johannesburg, Zürich)
- Ethiopian/Austrian (via Addis Ababa, Vienna)
Airlines operating at Cologne Bonn Airport include:
Best Time To Visit Cologne
Cologne is great for sightseeing during spring and autumn. The autumn months of September and October are also peak season with high prices and plenty of tourists. Summers are pleasantly warm but can be uncomfortably humid while winters provide moderately mild weather. If visiting during October and November experience the Cologne Carnival in November and take an umbrella!
Reasons to Visit Colgone
- Cologne offers everything and more! Located on both sides of the River Rhine, Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and with its 2,000-year history provides a spectacular architectural mix of historical and modern buildings with amazing relics, endless attractions and beautiful landscapes surrounding the city. Roman remains can still be seen close to the wharf area where in 2007 a 1900-year-old Roman boat was discovered.
- Most Colognes wonderful attractions can be appreciated with a pleasurable stroll through the colourful Old Town, along the riverbank or with a spectacular scenic Rhine River boat cruise affording views of olden castles.
- The best time for outdoors is between May and September while from November to March its cold and chilly. There are amazing hiking trails and beautiful parks and gardens for relaxation and tranquillity.
- There’s never a dull moment for visitors to Cologne that has ample accommodation (hotels, hostels & camping), superb eateries for fine dining or quick delicious German snacks, beer gardens, theatres and over 70 nightclubs.
Places to Visit in Cologne
- During World War II around 70% of the city was destroyed including the picturesque Old Town of Cologne that was painstakingly rebuilt. Visitors can stroll through the Old Town along narrow, cobble-stoned streets as they take in the scenery or enjoy a break in a traditional brewery (a Brauhaus) with a Kölsch, beer only brewed in Cologne and a good German meal.
- The city is renowned for its art with over 100 galleries displaying world-class collections including museums. If planning to visit several museums its worthwhile purchasing a Museum Card. Museum Ludwig located at Heinrich-Böll-Platz is home to one of the biggest Picasso collections in Europe and includes Abstract, Pop Art and Surrealism and is the most famous of Colognes museums.
- Visitors wanting to glean more on Colognes history should visit the Römisch-Germanisches Museum, an archaeological museum that reveals the city’s Roman history. Constructed on the site of an urban Roman villa, remains can still be seen in the basement. The museum displays items from the Palaeolithic period to the early middle Ages.
- The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum opened in 1861 and holds masterpieces from the medieval period to early 20th century. For impressionist art lovers this museum is a must, showing off works by Van Gogh, Renoir, Manet, Cézanne and Caspar David Friedrich.
- Visitors interested in World War II shouldn’t miss the NS Documentation Centre (NS Dokumentationszentrum EL-DE Haus) that served as the headquarters of the Gestapo from 1935 to March 1945 where still visible today are inscriptions on cell walls written in the Cyrillic alphabet from Ukrainians and Russians as well as French, Polish and Dutch fraught prisoners. You’ll feel an icy chill as you walk through the basement and courtyard where at the end of October 1944, hundreds of executions took place.
- The pride and landmark of this city is the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. Visitors first sighting this dramatic Gothic structure are stunned in awe as it rises up 157 metres, great for a point of orientation. Building began in 1248 and took just over 600 years to complete.
- One of 12 Romanesque churches, the Great St. Martin Church with its great tower is also one of the most striking churches. A magnificent structure of Romanesque architecture, it rests on remnants of a Roman chapel.
- Located in the heart of the city is the Church of St. Aposteln (Basilica of the Holy Apostles) that affords absolute tranquillity. Construction began in the 11th century and during the 13th century retaining the old structures, was enlarged. A truly splendid building.
- The St. Maria i’m Kapitol with an interesting history is the largest of the twelve Romanesque churches. Built in 11th century over a Roman temple site, its construction was based on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
- The Hohenzollern Bridge, one of seven bridges crossing the River Rhine has for several years had couples in love fixing padlocks to its railing and tossing the keys into the river, ensuring their love is everlasting. Its estimated the padlocks weigh more than two tonnes.
- The Cologne Zoological Garden that opened in 1860 is one of Germanys largest, oldest and yet most modern zoological gardens. The zoo features more than 7,000 animals with over 700 species in 20 plus hectares. Regardless of weather, it ensures a wonderful days outing. The zoo has a Moorish styled elephant house, an outstanding aquarium, a terrarium and insectariums and much more!
- Ideal for families with children is the Bimmelbahn, a multi-coloured tourist train that departs every half hour from Roncalliplatz (at the side of the Dom) that includes stops such as the zoo, the chocolate museum and during December, the Christmas markets.
- The Kölner Seilbahn (cable car) affords a wonderful relaxing ride from one side of the River Rhine to the other with splendid views of the city.
- The city has wonderful theatres to attend that include three municipal theatres. The Hänneschen Theatre, a traditional puppetry-theatre that was established in 1802, the Kölner Schauspielhaus and the Kölner Oper (opera) that includes the Kinderoper (children’s opera). Additionally, there are dozens of independent theatres, one of the most well-known being the Volkstheater Millowitsch, a family run enterprise thats been in existence since the mid 19th century and today specialises in comedies. For a night of excellent cabaret book at the Senftöptchen or the COMEDIA Theatre.
- Gaststätte Lommerzheim situated at Siegesstrasse 18 is highly acclaimed for its mouth-watering thick, juicy pork chops. To get there take a stroll east over the Hohenzollernbrücke railway bridge over the Rhine and youll find this delightful old-school pub.
- Salon Schmitz spread over three historic houses dishes up scrumptious European meals. Located at Aachener Strasse 29, the Schmitz empire comprises a casual bistro, a restaurant that serves superb seasonal meals and a takeaway deli. Sit inside or outside on a beautiful day.
Getting Around Cologne
The city has an excellent integrated public transportation system comprising the U-Bahn subway, the S-Bahn light rail, buses and trams. All train tickets must be purchased and validated in advance, obtainable from automated machines, bus drivers or at stations. The Köln Card affords unlimited travel on all forms of public transport for 24 or 48 hours including special prices for admission to most attractions.
Cologne is a pedestrian-friendly city with many visitors taking in the sites by walking at their own pace or taking a walking tour.
There are a numerous taxi operators in Cologne but one that’’s recommended is Taxi Ruf Köln (+49 221 2882) that operates 24/7 in affordable comfortable vehicles. Another one is Taxi Köln C&U GmbH (+49 221 778 8900).
Travellers can choose from most major car hire companies like Avis, Sixt, Europcar and Budget but unless planning to drive further afield, driving in the city has, like most cities the disadvantages of traffic congestion and available parking.
A great way to view the city sites is on a bicycle. Bicycles can be hired from Radstation Köln located at the central station and if you have your own, it can be safely stored here while you’re enjoying your exploring on foot.