• Better links from the UK to Cologne next year

    by  • August 28, 2014 • Christmas Markets, City Breaks, Religious Sites

    Ryanair announces new Stansted-Cologne route for summer 2015

    Low cost airline Ryanair announced in April that it would be opening a new base in the German city of Cologne in October.  Yesterday the airline launched its summer schedule from Stansted which includes new routes to Glasgow, Edinburgh and to  Cologne.

    Cologne is always popular with visitors from the UK but particularly at Christmas Market time.  Christmas Markets are held all over the city centre from the end of November. Colourful stalls sell everything from handmade toys to glass Christmas decorations. There is food of all kinds and the evocative smells of mulled wine and hot chocolate fill the air.

    However, Cologne makes a great city break destination at other times of year too.  The city is an art and cultural centre of international renown.  It has a very animated theatre scene, 120 galleries with a wide variety of art collections and 42 museums.  In the home of the famous “Eau de Cologne” a visit to the FragranceMuseum is a must. The museum showcases a collection of historic perfume bottles and documents, amid distinctive rococo furnishings.

    The Gothic cathedral dominates the skyline of Cologne and is one of Germany’s most famous landmarks.  It is also one of the most beautiful examples of Gothic and Neo-Gothic architecture in the world.  The building of the cathedral commenced in 1248 and took over 600 years to complete.  It has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. At the end of the gigantic nave is the shrine of the Three Magi, the Wise Men whose relics were brought to the city in 1164.

    Visitors to Cologne should make the most of the city’s splendid location astride the River Rhine.  Tourists can take all kinds of trips on the river to enjoy some wonderful views of Cologne and the scenery along the river.   The newly designed Rheinauhafen docks are a particularly special highlight. The historical dockland quarter of Cologne now boasts a new shopping strip with numerous galleries and cafés