Fly To Cologne, Germany
In a city where 2000 years of history meet the frills of modern German engineering, there’s good reason to be excited for your trip to Cologne, Germany. Straddling the famous Rhine River, Cologne is renowned for its beer as well as Eau de Cologne – a perfume created by Italian expatriate Johann Maria Farina at the beginning of the 18th century.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South Africans will need a Schengen Visa to enter Germany. These can be organised via the German Embassy in Pretoria (Telephone: +27 (0)12 427 8900) or the German Consulate General in Cape Town (Telephone: +27 (0)21 405 3000). Read more…
- The South African Embassy is situated in Berlin (about 5 hours away). The address is Tiergartenstr. 18, 10785, Berlin. Phone: + 49 30 22 0730.
See and do
Visitors to Cologne will find everything from Roman towers to Gothic churches and fine examples of modern architecture. Cologne has a variety of museums, too—check out the Museum of Applied Art, the Museum Ludwig and, if you have a sweet tooth, the Chocolate Museum.
Photo opportunities are abundant in Cologne with so many iconic landmarks to choose from. Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom), Hohenzollern Bridge, Great St. Martin Church, Cologne City Hall, Eigelsteintor, Cologne Rodenkirchen Bridge, Cologne Zoological Garden and Cologne Cable Car are all worth visiting and provide fantastic backdrops for some great photos. Other note-worthy sights in Cologne include the Rheinpark, Messeturm Köln (‘trade fair tower’), Roman-Germanic Museum, Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra Building, Flora und Botanischer Garten Köln, Kolumba Museum and the nightlife in the Kwartier Latäng (student quarter around the Zülpicher Straße) and Hohenzollernring, Friesenplatz and Rudolfplatz.
Shopping caters to tastes modern and traditional. Get some famous Kölsch beer direct from the breweries or outlets such as Heinrich Reissdorf and Cölner Hofbräu Früh or some original Eau de Cologne perfume (produced by the long-time perfumers Farina family and by Mäurer & Wirtz) if you’re after local specialities. Otherwise, try shopping streets such as Schildergasse and Hohe Straße, the small arcades around the Ring and designer boutique hotspot Mittelstraße. Other than beer and perfume, you can purchase music, clothing and just about anything else imaginable in Cologne.
Public transport is well-organised and fairly affordable, with plenty of ways to get around. You can hire a bicycle to take in the sights at your own pace, on dedicated bike roads. You can also travel on the river if you want to explore nearby areas. Then there is an excellent rail system to enjoy too, with high-speed trains and scheduled routes across the city and beyond.
Cologne-Bonn Koeln Airport – CGN
Food and beverage: Grab a cup of coffee at Café Bistro Leysieffer or Cafetiero (kiosks in all parts of the airport).
Currency Exchange: Sparkasse Köln Bonn ATM provides foreign exchange services, while there is also ReiseBank in the public area.
Airport Hotels: Hotels near to Cologne Airport include Airport Hotel by The New Yorker, Holiday Inn Express Cologne-Muelheim, Holiday Inn Express Cologne – Troisdorf, Art Hotel Kin and Leonardo Hotel Köln.
Car Hire: Rental companies at the airport include Avis, Hertz, Sixt, Budget and Europcar.
Airport Hub: Cologne-Bonn Koeln Airport (code CGN) is a hub for FedEx Express, Germanwings and UPS Airlines, serving flights to and from various destinations in Europe and beyond.