Due to its perfect location at the river Rhine, Cologne already was an important city during the Roman Empire and later became one of the largest and most powerful cities of the medieval age in northern Europe.
Today, the famous Cologne Dome is the major landmark in the city and still shows the importance the city once had. In 1996, the cathedral was declared one of the greatest European masterpieces of Gothic architecture.
The spirit of this unique city is evident in many aspects, like the carnival, which reaches its peak in a crazy parade through the city in February, or the Kölsch, a beer which is only brewed in Cologne.
The beautiful surrounding of Cologne is inviting as well – especially the romantic Rhine area south of Cologne, with its many castles and fortresses, the Lorely rock and vineyards producing the famous German Riesling wine.