KÖLN RHINE VALLEY
With almost three quarters of the city destroyed during World War II, the Old Town of Cologne was painstakingly rebuilt and is a hugely popular attraction for visitors. Founded as a Roman colony, Cologne is the oldest large town in Germany with a wealth of Romanesque churches and architecture that has been restored to its former glory. Cologne Cathedral is the shining hallmark of this city on the Rhine – it stands over 500 feet in height and its significance was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
A cultural gem, Cologne contains scores of museums and over 100 art galleries with collections that range from Roman and medieval to contemporary art. Museum Ludwig – one of the most famous – boasts one of the most comprehensive collections of Pop Art outside of the USA, including works by And Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Modern Cologne includes; the Botanical Gardens & Zoo (where it is possible to cross over the Rhine by cable car), The Media Park (with a renowned cinema) and distinct Lanxness Arena that hosts sports, concerts, operas and so much more.