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Cologne, enjoy every minute of this amazing city

The city by the Rhine River is famed for its massive Cathedral and its sense of fun. The Carnival and Christmas markets in Cologne are not to be missed.

About Germany

As well as the legacy from Roman times and the Middle Ages, Cologne has an extremely lively arts and culture scene. Besides being a centre of carnival activity and the capital of Rhenish joie de vivre, the city is home to a great variety of art museums and the Cologne Chocolate Museum with its legendary Chocolate Fountain. The typical local breweries serving local dishes as well as the local brew Kölsch, a unique beer speciality served in special glasses are very popular. The local people love to welcome guests. Open, friendly and uncomplicated: Cologne is a feeling!

Train station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Cologne can be found.

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Travel ideas help [b]hi, 2 couples from Australia, on a first ever European Holiday. We have 4 weeks in the UK, and that is organised, we depart from London on approx. 2/3rd September 2017, training to Paris, then to Brussels, Amsterdam, Cologne, Prague and (...)

Kerrie S. | 2017/03/14 answered | 0 Comments
Will a germany - france rail pass (2 countries) include trains from paris to cologne (direct) via thalys (...) I am looking to purchase a German - France Rail Pass and was wondering if it covered the Thalys train from Paris to Cologne? Also, does the French pass give you access to TER trains? Thanks, (...)

Keng Y. | 2016/06/27 answered | 0 Comments
We want to travel from paris to copenhagen with a stop off at cologne for two nights. Which is the best way to do this? I understand there is a train to Copenhagen that goes over on a ferry across the Baltic. We would like to do this one. Which train company is it please?

Trevor P. | 2016/01/12 answered | 0 Comments
Is there one train company we can deal with on our trip from paris to copenhagen stopping off at cologne for a couple of (...) We are travelling from Paris to Copenhagen by train. We wish to have a couple of nights stay in Cologne on the way. Is there one train company we would deal with or more? I have heard you can get a train that is put on a ferry to go across the (...)

Trevor P. | 2016/01/12 answered | 0 Comments
Can you book a rail pass over four neighbouring countries for 12 days flexible travel. the passes seem to be limited to 10 (...) I have just been speaking to a consultant but it appears that your passes are limited to 10 days. I want to travel in Germany by train from Frankfurt to Rothenburg to Munich, Nuremburg, Cologne train through Brussels only to get to Lille then (...)

David B. | 2016/01/02 answered | 0 Comments

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Customer reviews

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    Great train, great value | Bruce g. | 2015/08/28
    "As Aussies heading from Paris to Cologne we were delighted with the trip. It was excellent value for money. Staff were so helpful! Joining the Thalys Club meant the Gare du Nord experience was exceptional. We had 2 hrs to wait and the reception we received in the Lounge was second to none! Have recommended this option to many others! Staff on board were very friendly and most helpful! Thank you. "

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    Excellent | Paul h. | 2015/07/27
    "This train lived up to all our expectations. "

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    Quick and easy | Maria Regina l. | 2015/06/19
    "Easy booking on rail europe via the Internet . Very fast and convenient train trip from Paris to Cologne. "

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    Brussels - Cologne | Pauline n. | 2015/05/17
    "This was my second stage of a four stage journey that day. It took 1 hour and 50 minutes and was good. "

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    Paris to Cologne 16/4/15 | Joanna m. | 2015/04/26
    "I bought my ticket online in Australia and printed it out before I left. The ticketing page was easy to use and I was offered many options to choose the time, date and class of carriage. The train itself (Thalys) was clean and comfortable with ample luggage space (for my large suitcase) left on time plus there was also usb plugs for laptops etc. all in all an easy and positive experience. "

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    A great trip | John c. | 2015/01/21
    "We thoroughly enjoyed our trip on the Thalys, travelling from Cologne to Paris. Very friendly staff, comfortable trip. "

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    Australian couple trip Europe | Terrence f. | 2014/12/17
    "We had another good rail journey on 1st class select country pass. Travelled for 2 weeks from Berlin, through Hamburg, Amsterdam, Cologne to Frankfurt. At this time of year you really don't need to book (last 2 weeks of October) . We did on the first leg but then realised there was plenty of space and we could save ourselves that booking fee. All the legs were great - of course the ICE trains are the best for comfort. I was surprised there wasn't network coverage. Only one of our sections had this. And this was the only section with power points for charging phones/laptops. Since canal boat season had just ended, we took the scenic train route from Cologne to Mainz. For this, make sure you are booking the train via Koblenz and Bingen then you will get the full value of journeying down the Rhein (as opposed the the intercity line which cuts north away from the river). Superb! Beautiful scenery and the train is right by the Rhein for most of the journey. This is a must do train trip. We used the phone app a lot - if you are into apps then get this one for Rail Europe . We could look up train times so easily. Highly recommended and good job on this people! "

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    Relax and enjoy the view. | Martina c. | 2014/12/01
    "We enjoyed our trip which was stress free. We were staying close to Cologne HBF (Station) and walked over with our suitcases, checked the departures board and boarded our train. 1st class was comfortable and we had reserved seats next to each other. No traffic or driving on the wrong side of the road to worry about. We took our own refreshments and arrived in Bern on time to catch our next connection to Geneva. "

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    Everything worked well | Alexander m. | 2014/11/22
    "The whole process of booking on-line worked well. The travel experience was all we hoped for. Availability of free wi fi was an aded bonus not always available with other rail companies. I would recommend Rail Europe and Thalys. "

  • Train return Paris-Cologne | . | 2014/10/23
    "Travelling from Paris to Koeln/Cologne for the day to visit friends was a most enjoyable efficient way in which to travel. After an early start one could catch up on sleep before viewing the rolling countryside once in Belgium and Germany. The diner car provided all that was necessary for a breakfast meal. Cologne has the advantage of being a beautiful city situated very close to the central train station and tours originated from near the Town Square right near the station. Not far away was the River Rhine from which boat tours depart frequently. The retail area for tourists and restaurants are plentiful around the Square, beer houses included. Return to Paris after a full day in Cologne was most pleasant in Thalys, where again a wholesome snack was again available from the dining servery. Again one could catch up on sleep after a tiring/rewarding day in Koeln. Thalys was an efficient service for the purpose of a having a day in Cologne, while visiting Paris. "

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