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Old town, cologne, © Sanny Zoekt Geluk

Cologne & Rhein-Erft County


Big city flair meets moated castle romance

Millions of visitors flock to Germany’s most popular sight every year: Cologne Cathedral is a symbol of the biggest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and an important building in the region. The Rhein-Erft County, which borders Cologne, is also famous for its unique buildings: like Cologne Cathedral, the Augustusburg and Falkenlust Palaces in Brühl are also listed as UNESCO world heritage sites and enchant those interested in history, as well as fans of classical music, because the Brühler Schlosskonzerte take place in this historical setting once a year.

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Türnich Castle, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Fortresses, castles and mills

Cycle and hiking tours through the Rhein-Erft district are guaranteed to be idyllic: along stretches such as the Wasserburgen-Route (Moated Castle Route), numerous fortresses, castles and mills appear along the wayside. The QuoRadis app guides cyclists by smartphone or tablet through the Rhineland and along the Erft or Rheinradweg (Erft or Rhine Cycle Trails), for example.

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Blick auf den Kölner Dom, © Udo Haake, KölnTourismus GmbH

Culture and shopping

The Rhine metropolis of Cologne and the Rhein-Erft district are famous for their renowned museums, which impress visitors with exhibitions of an international standard. In addition to the rich cultural offerings, Cologne also means shopping and big city flair. Schildergasse, which forms the central pedestrian zone of Cologne with Hohe Strasse, is home to the most visited shopping strip in Germany. In contrast to this, the Belgian Quarter presents itself as small but beautiful: in Cologne’s trendy quarter, designer shops, little cafés and hip bars line up beside each other and provide an insight into the city’s youth culture. Visitors can experience the city on the Rhine just as authentically in the old town, where enjoying a delicious Kölsch beer is part of a successful stay, as is a boat trip on the Rhine.

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    Bahnstation in Köln Ehrenfeld., © Bilderblitz / KölnTourismus GmbH
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    Aussicht auf den Rheinauhafen, © Dieter Jacobi / KölnTourismus GmbH
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    Die Badehalle in der Claudius Therme, © Claudius Therme GmbH & Co. KG
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    Schloss Loersfeld, Rhein-Erft-Kreis, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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    Loersfeld Castle , © Tourismus NRW e.V.
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    Gasse in der Altstadt, © Dieter Jacobi / KölnTourismus GmbH
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Cycle and hiking tours


Discoveries in the region Cologne & the Rhein-Erft County

Schloss Falkenlust ist elegant ausgestattet und eingerichtet, © Horst Gummersbach
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The Brühl Palaces

Die Scheuerbachsenke in der Wahner Heide zeichnet sich durch ihre Dünenlandschaft aus, © Bündnis Heideterrasse e.V._
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The Wahn Heath

Culture, shopping and city flair


Discoveries in the region Cologne & the Rhein-Erft County

Schokoladenbrunnen, © Schokoladenmuseum Köln
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Chocolate Museum Cologne

Hohenzollernbrücke mit Dom, © Oliver Franke, Tourismus NRW e.V.
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Cologne Cathedral

Das Museum Ludwig bei Nacht von Außen, © Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln
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Museum Ludwig in Cologne

Dom, Rhein und Hohenzollernbrücke im Schein der Kölner Lichter, © Dieter Jacobi / Köln Tourismus
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Cologne lights

Die Schildergasse in Köln, bei der Shoppingmeile, © KölnTourismus GmbH / Andreas Möltgen
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Shopping in Cologne's Schildergasse

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