Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and an ideal German city break destination and is rich in character, yet buzzing with life. Founded by the Romans, this is one of Germany's most original cities, that is characterised by 2,000 years of rich history. Cologne is renowned for its witty and fun loving character that is particularly boisterous during the famous carnivals.
The twin-spired cathedral and the Eau de Cologne to which this city gives its name, are just some of the many things to see and do.Thereare museums of worldwide importance including the Ludwig, Roman Germanic and Wallraf-Rischartz Museums which look at the area's local history and contemporary art through the ages.
Cologne is particularly renowned for its Rhine River cruises that capture the delights of the picturesque Rhineland countryside as well as wonderful panoramic views of the city's shoreline.
The world feels at home with a city break to Cologne from Co-op Holidays, where people meet for a Kölsch, achat or simply a laugh. Whether a visit is to enjoy live music on the Hohe Strasse, see an opera at the modern opera house, experience the cities art scene or simply relax and enjoy a glass of German beer at the Old Town, Cologne is a city for everyone.
The oldest market in Cologne is the Neumarkt, one of the city's liveliest and beautiful markets set close to the main shopping area. Also the traditional medieval market, is well worth a visit during a Cologne market break. In the Old Town you will find the Alter Markt - the perfect place to enjoy a warm glass of glühwein.
Another Cologne Christmas market is the enchanting fairytale market, as well as the interesting floating Christmas market on board the elegant cruise vessel, 'MS Wappen von Mainz', set aside the banks of the Rhine. During the Christmas period the city also houses a large ice rink, making a Cologne Christmas market holiday a great choice for some festive family fun.