About city: Cologne

Cologne and Bonn are in the immediate vicinity of each other. If you have a car, it would take you only about 20 minute to get from one city to the other. There is one common airport. You can consider the cities as a single tourist area, so when in Cologne you should plan to visit Bonn too. It would be better to do it in the following way: in the morning you look around the neighbourhood of Dom in Cologne. Then you take a train to Bonn and spend there the rest of the day.

Cologne is a fairly large industrial city, so it isn’t suited for long promenades. Dom and its neighbourhood would be quite enough. Contrarily, Bonn, though it once was the capital of Western Germany, is a pleasant provincial town where you could walk interminably.

Cologne Cathedral otherwise called Dom is one of the most magnificent religious constructions in Germany. Its construction was begun in 1453, when the Archbishop of Cologne had ac-quired relics of the Three Kings, who were the first to welcome the birth of Jesus Christ. They are still stored in the treasury of the cathedral. To see all the magnificence of the temple you will have to climb its tower.

The neighbourhood of the cathedral retained the features of old German city. There you can drink a mug of beer in one of the traditional German pubs, such as ‘Frei’. The largest shopping street begins just near the cathedral.

Just opposite the cathedral there is the central railway station of the city. There you can take a train to Bonn. Travel time would be at most 30 minutes. Bonn is a small university town, and though there are neither huge cathedrals nor palaces, it has quite a cozy atmosphere.

Bonn is one of the oldest cities of Germany, founded by ancient Romans. The center of the city is its Marketplace located near the Old Town Hall. All the other attractions, such as St. Mar-tin Monastery on Münsterplatz, Poppelsdorfer Castle, and Beethoven House, are also not far from the center of the city. There are many educational establishments in the city, for example, the University of Bonn, which is located in the former residence of prince electors.

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