This is Germany's fourth-largest city and is the largest city, both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, which one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than 12 million people.
Close to a dozen Romanesque churches and cathedrals dating back almost a thousand years can be found peppered throughout Cologne, making for a tremendous day of sightseeing. The most well known of the bunch is the monolithic Cologne Cathedral (Dom), an enormous feat of style and structure that rises high above the skyline and is usually the first thing one notices when entering the city. Dom’s massive size can only be realized when standing directly in front of it — or in taking the hour-long walk up the stairs to the top. While this might seem like a lot of work for little payoff, you’ll change your tune once you’ve reached the top.
If you’re looking for food and drink, hit up one of the many pubs in town and sample a few of the local brews while filling your stomach with meats and veggies. Fruh, located just to the right of Dom, is a great little place to sample some of the local beers and grab a bite to eat in the process. The food is standard German fare and insanely delicious. Bratwurst, Knackwurst, you name the wurst, this place has it in abundance. Where the drinks are concerned, make sure you buckle up for Fruh's wet and wild ride. As soon as you sit at a table, beers are served without being asked. The waiters are lightning fast with refills so it’s pretty easy to lose track of how much you’ve already drank. Sit back, relax and enjoy yourself—just make sure you’re not planning on driving anywhere afterwards.