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If you go: Cologne, Carnival

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February 5, 2006

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/

Cologne Cathedral

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)

Rheinauhafen 1a

011-49-221-931-8880

Adults: $7.70, children $4.50

Museum Ludwig

Bischofsgartenstr. 1

011-49-221-26165

www.museenkoeln.de/english/museum-ludwig

20th and 21st Century art, including iconic Warhols and Liechtensteins. Adults $9.60, children $7.

Where to stay

Dom Hotel

Domkloster 2a

011-49-221-20240

www.cologne.lemeridien.com

A ''grand hotel" right next to the cathedral. Rooms from $192, doubles from $205.

Hilton Hotel Cologne

Marzellenstrasse 13-17

011-49-221-130710

http://www.hilton.com

Central and comfortable.

Doubles from $236

Station Hostel

Marzellenstrasse 44-48

011-49-221-9125301

http://www.hostel-cologne.de.

For backpackers. Decent budget accommodations. Dorm rooms from $20, singles from $45.

Where to eat

Brauhaus Früh

Am Hof 12-16

011-49-221-2613-211

Medieval ambience. Buy sausage by the meter and wash it down with beer. Main dishes $12.

Peters Brauhaus

Mühlengasse 1

011-49-221-25-73-950

Lively, rustic restaurant with instant service (for beer) and solid helpings of traditional German food. Main dishes $10.

Hard Rock Cafe

Gürzenichstr. 8

011-49-221-27-26-88-0

Main dishes $10.

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