The Cologne Bonn Airport is one of the largest in Germany and is one of the few 24-hour airports. Originally, the airport was used as a military base for the infamous German Luftwaffe, but was later converted in 1951 for civilian air traffic. Today, the airport serves more than 25 domestic and international carriers, and is a hub for cargo carriers such as Fedex and UPS.
Aside from having a pretty cool looking website, the Cologne Bonn Airport also provides passengers with Free Wifi and a variety of shops and services to choose from, ensuring a pleasant journey from start to finish.
How to get around
To the city
The Cologne Bonn Airport is situated approximately 15km from the Cologne city centre. One way to get to the city centre is to take bus 161 to the nearest S-Bahn or subway station that will then take you to wherever you need to be in the city centre. Do note that there is no direct S-Bahn station at the airport. Alternatively, you could drive yourself from the airport to the city centre and there are both car sharing and car rental services available at the airport. If you do not wish to go through all the hassle, you could book an airport transfer direct from the airport to your hotel with any reputable travel company at the airport or online.
Within the city
A good way to get around Cologne is by a mix of buses, trams, U-Bahn and S-Bahn. The same company operates all these services, so it is possible to buy a day pass and use it on various modes of transport interchangeably. If you’re travelling in a group, there are also group day passes that you can buy for even greater savings! Driving around the city is not advised especially if you’re not familiar with the city as the road network is quite complicated and it is easy to get lost. Taxis are also available and the fares are by distance.
What to see and do
If you visit Cologne, bear in mind you are visiting Germany’s fourth-largest city, with over 2000 years of history. There will definitely not be a shortage of things to do so make sure you allocate enough time to spend in this beautiful city.
It is impossible to miss the spires of the towering cathedrals rising tall above the skyline of Cologne. Visit one of the oldest and most famous, the Cologne Cathedral that is often regarded as a masterpiece of medieval Gothic architecture. A glorious sight both in the day and night, the Cologne Cathedral is truly a work of art.
If you’re in Cologne with your significant other, then don’t miss a trip to Cologne’s equivalent of the Pont des Arts or Lover’s Bridge. The Hohernzollen Bridge over the Rhine River can be crossed by foot or train and has been adorned with padlocks since 2008 by lovers who seal their love and throw away the key in the swirling waters of the Rhine.
Other interesting things to do in Cologne include going to the museums such as the Wallraf-Richartz Museum that showcases artwork from every genre and century. The Schutgen Museum is another must-see, and houses many medieval Christian artifacts, many rescued and kept safe before the bombings of World War II.
If you’re travelling with children, or love animals, make sure to pay a visit to the Koelner Zoo that boasts more animals than any other zoo in Germany and comes complete with an aquarium and elephant park.