After my morning visiting the Brühl Palaces just south of Cologne, I made my way back into the city to explore the best of what Cologne (or Köln in German) had to offer. Cologne is a major city in western Germany, easily accessible by national and international trains from all round.
Flora & Botanical Garden
A short tram ride out of the city takes you to the Zoo/Flora station where, next to the Cologne Zoo, you can wander the beautiful Flora & Botanical Garden, completely free to visit. It was developed in the 19th century and sprawls across more than 11 hectares, and is full of beautiful seasonal flowers.
Also pictured above.
The Cologne Cathedral is a massive gothic structure in the heart of the city, the first thing you see as you exit the central train station. Towering high above, with intricate facades, it's no wonder this beautiful structure is now a UNESCO protected site.
Cologne Old Market
If you're after a bite to eat and the liveliest part of the city, the Old Market is where it's happening! Around the corner is also the world's oldest fragrance factory, hence the name of the city.