How to get there
The fast train connects Cologne-Bonn Airport to the city center in about 15 minutes. Price $2.70.
What to do
General information (in English): http://www.stadt-koeln.de/en/koelntourismus/
Germany's largest cathedral houses the Golden Shrine of the Three Magi (Wise Men), dating from around 1200, and many other treasures. Admission free. Combination ticket for Treasure Chamber and tower ascent $6.40.
Imhoff-Stollwerck-Museum (Chocolate Museum)
Adults: $7.70, children $4.50
20th and 21st Century art, including iconic Warhols and Liechtensteins. Adults $9.60, children $7.
Where to stay
A ''grand hotel" right next to the cathedral. Rooms from $192, doubles from $205.
Hilton Hotel Cologne
Central and comfortable.
Doubles from $236
For backpackers. Decent budget accommodations. Dorm rooms from $20, singles from $45.
Where to eat
Am Hof 12-16
Medieval ambience. Buy sausage by the meter and wash it down with beer. Main dishes $12.
Lively, rustic restaurant with instant service (for beer) and solid helpings of traditional German food. Main dishes $10.
Hard Rock Cafe
Main dishes $10.