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The national capital, Berlin, is situated 290 miles northeast of Cologne, while Leverkusen is 6 miles to the north.
Reconnect with your inner-child at Phantasialand and the MMC Studios. Want more? Terrassen-Freibad and Aggua Troisdorf will ensure that the good times keep rolling.
The Cologne Zoo is a terrific place to bring your family for a fascinating morning among local and exotic creatures. Be sure to ask the staff about zookeeper presentations and where to find the zoo's rarer species.
At the Japanischer Garten, you can admire a variety of striking botanical displays.
Pack some lunch and enjoy some time to yourself in the tranquil, green surroundings of Forstbotanischer Garten Koln and Carl-Duisberg-Park. Turnicher Castle Park and Volksgarten are two more nice places to while away the day with a good book.
See if you can spot the local wildlife at one of the area's lakes, such as Stockheimer Hof Recreational Area or Fühlinger See.
Do you love nature? Flittarder Rheinaue awaits your arrival.
The area's exhibition spaces are a gold mine of tales of human endeavour and achievement. The Chocolate Museum and Fruit Museum offer a range of displays and collections that are sure to capture your attention. Also worth considering are the Keramion Museum and the Cologne Carnival Museum.
If you like learning about natural history and scientific breakthroughs, the Odysseum should be on your to-do list.
Carefully removed from the natural world, these striking specimens at the Romano-Germanic Museum and the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum are full of surprises.
Add to your appreciation of the artistic drive, and perhaps even pick up something for the lounge room at one of the various exhibition spaces. Start your explorations of this creative hotspot by stopping in at the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and the Museum Ludwig. The Museum of Applied Art and the Museum of East Asian Art are also well worth a look if you can fit them in before dinner.
Take yourself back to days gone by and uncover mysteries of the past at the Cologne City Museum and the Bilderbuchmuseum Burg Wissem. Do you like the sound of those? You'll be able to learn even more at the Bergisches freilichtmuseum Lindlar or the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum.
To learn more about the area's colourful past, plan to visit its historic monuments and buildings. Begin your local history tour at City Hall and the Cologne Triangle Panorama. You might also like to get out the camera and snap some photos at the National Socialist Documentation Centre and Melaten-Friedhof.
The historic fortifications at Cologne Fort Museum are excellent places to explore if you have a fascination for Cologne's past conflicts.
The grand manors and palaces of the area are always a hit with tourists. Inspect the furnishings and artwork and take some time in the gardens and courtyards at Augustusburg Castle, Schloss Bruehl and Brühl Palaces.
Step into the fantasy world of a children's storybook as you wander around some of the area's splendid castles and manors. Prepare to be amazed as you learn about the deep history encompassing Castle Park Gleuel, Falkenlust Castle and Palaces Augustusburg and Falkenlust.
Whether you consider yourself a spiritual person or not, you'll be sure to have a pleasant time at Cologne Cathedral and Great St. Martin Church. If you'd be interested to look at some more religious sites, head to the Cologne Synagogue and St Maria im Kapitol.
Seen everything on your to-do list? Make sure you haven't missed the Cologne Cable Car and the Michael Schmacher Kart and Event Centre.
There's a huge range of room and apartment options to choose from in this well-liked destination. You'll find 159 Cologne lodgings on Expedia's convenient database.
If you feel like splashing out on a little luxury, check out the rates and amenities at the Excelsior Hotel Ernst The Leading Hotels of the World, at Trankgasse 1-5 / Domplatz, and the Humboldt1 Palais-Hotel & Bar, at Kupfergasse 10. THE QVEST hideaway, at Gereonskloster 12, and the Jugendherberge Köln-Deutz City- Hostel, at Siegesstr. 5 are two lower priced offerings that may be worth investigating if you're on a budget.
Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of St Maria im Kapitol, Great St. Martin Church and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. Alter Markt and City Hall are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Old Town, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Chocolate Museum, Great St. Martin Church and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. Alter Markt and City Hall are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Neumarkt, Cologne Cathedral and City Hall. Alter Markt and Chocolate Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Rheinboulevard, Romano-Germanic Museum and Great St. Martin Church. Cologne Cathedral and Alter Markt are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Altstadt-Nord, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of MediaPark, Cologne Cathedral and Romano-Germanic Museum. Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and City Hall are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Altstadt-Nord, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musical Dome and Cologne Cathedral. Romano-Germanic Museum and Great St. Martin Church are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Altstadt-Nord, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Hohe Strasse and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. City Hall and Alter Markt are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Altstadt-Nord, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of MediaPark and Cologne Cathedral. Romano-Germanic Museum and City Hall are also within 1 mile (2 km).