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The KölnCard is the key to an affordable discovery tour of Cologne, offers numerous discounts and makes traveling on public transport free.

Cologne, the iconic German city known for its rich history and vibrant culture, offers a wide range of transportation options to suit every type of traveler. Whether one arrives by plane, train or car, Cologne is remarkably accessible and therefore one popular destination for both domestic and international visitors.

Cologne Bonn Airport serves as a major gateway to the region and is connected to more than 130 destinations worldwide. Strategically located, this airport allows visitors to quickly reach the city center. A defining aspect of this airport is the Köln/Bonn Airport train station, which is conveniently located between Terminals 1 and 2, offering seamless connections to the city and beyond via the nearby A59 motorway.

For those who prefer eco-friendly travel, Cologne's train connections are an excellent choice. The city is connected by more than 1.300 passenger trains per day, providing direct access from major German and European cities. These high-speed trains promise a stress-free journey to the cathedral city, avoiding usual traffic congestion and making a positive contribution to environmental conservation.

The road network to Cologne has also been expanded. The city is surrounded by a ring road, consisting of ten highway axes leading to Cologne, including the A1, A3, A4, A57, A59, A555, A559. For visitors who come to the city by car, more than 150 Park and Ride facilities are recommended to avoid traffic congestion. These facilities offer more than 20.000 parking spaces, underscoring the city's commitment to organized and accessible urban transport.

Furthermore, the city is sensitive to environmental issues with the Cologne environmental zone, where only vehicles with a green environmental sticker are allowed. This initiative underlines Cologne's commitment to maintaining air quality and reducing pollution.

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Public transport inside Cologne is robust, thanks to the Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe (KVB). The KVB operates an extensive network of buses and trains, serving more than 850.000 passengers every day. Their customer centers and points of sale are well equipped to assist travelers with information and tickets, ensuring a pleasant journey through the city.

Coaches have designated stops and parking areas, particularly on Gereonstraße, which serves as a central bus stop for dropping off and picking up passengers. During events such as the Cologne Carnival or the Christmas Markets, alternative traffic arrangements are implemented to effectively manage the influx of visitors, demonstrating Cologne's capacity to effectively host large-scale events.

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The KölnCard is the key to an affordable discovery tour of Cologne, offers numerous discounts and makes traveling on public transport free. Whether it concerns a visit to a museum, a cruise on the Rhine, or a night out at the theater, this pass makes the cultural and gastronomic wealth of the city accessible at reduced prices.

The card, which is available for periods of 24 or 48 hours, allows visitors to use all forms of public transport within Cologne at no extra cost. This includes buses, trams, the S-Bahn and regional trains in the second class. With prices starting at just €9,00 for an individual 24-hour card, the KölnCard offers unprecedented value.

Tourists can enjoy reduced admission prices to many museums in the city with the KölnCard. In addition, the card offers up to 50% discount on city tours and significant discounts at a wide range of partners in the field of art, culture and gastronomy. For a group of up to five people, the group pass is particularly economical, priced at €19,00 for 24 hours or €38,00 for 48 hours.

The KölnCard is not only a budget-friendly option for tourists, but also an easy way to explore Cologne. Cardholders have the convenience of free transportation and can travel from one attraction to another with ease. It not only saves money, but also time, as using public transport is a quick way to navigate the city.

This pass can be purchased at the tourist information in Cologne, at KVB and DB ticket machines within the area of ​​validity, in many accommodations and at various travel agencies and tour operators. The flexibility and savings offered by the KölnCard make it an indispensable tool for any visitor who wants to get the most out of their trip to Cologne.

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Moulin Rouge! The Musical explodes Baz Luhrmann's Oscar-winning masterpiece onto the stage and invites the audience into an extraordinary setting that is a nightclub, theater and dance hall in one. With 75 songs by 165 composers, Moulin Rouge! The Musical covers more than 160 years of pop music history - from Offenbach to Lady Gaga - and unleashes musical fireworks.

Cologne offers a rich mix of culture, history, art and relaxation. Whether you are interested in Gothic architecture, modern art, historic districts or simply enjoy a relaxing day on the Rhine, this city has something for everyone. Plan your next city trip to Cologne and discover for yourself the charm and versatility of this beautiful German city.

The Kölner Dom is a majestic cathedral that dominates the skyline of Cologne. One of the largest cathedrals in Europe, this Gothic masterpiece is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and attracts millions of tourists every year. Construction began in 1248 and was not completed until 1880. Visitors can climb the impressive towers for breathtaking views of the city and the Rhine.

The Belgian Quarter, a trendy area in Cologne, is known for its boutiques, hip cafes and galleries. This neighborhood is a great place to shop, admire local art and enjoy the lively atmosphere. Maastrichter Strasse and Brüsseler Platz are popular places where you can feel the creative energy of the city.

For another spectacular view of Cologne, you can go to the top of the KölnTriangle. This modern office tower across the Rhine offers panoramic views of the city and the Kölner Cathedral. From the observation deck on the 29th floor you can see for miles on clear days.

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The Rhine is Cologne's lifeline and a walk along its banks offers beautiful views and relaxing moments. For a unique experience, take a boat trip on the river and admire the city from the water. The promenade along the Rhine is lined with terraces and provides a perfect backdrop for a relaxing afternoon.

Museum Ludwig is a must-see for modern art lovers. This museum houses an extensive collection of works by world-famous artists such as Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. Located next to the Cologne Cathedral, the museum offers an in-depth look at the art history of the 20th and 21st centuries and regularly organizes changing exhibitions and events.

Cologne's old town, known as the Altstadt, is a picturesque district filled with traditional German beer houses, cozy restaurants and historic buildings. A walk through the narrow, cobbled streets takes you past colorful houses and charming squares such as the Alter Markt and the Heumarkt. This is also where Cologne's historic Town Hall is located, which dates back to the 12th century and is known for its Gothic tower and Renaissance facade.

For those with a sweet tooth, a visit to the Chocolate Museum is highly recommended. Located on the Rhine, this museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of chocolate, from the ancient cultures of Central America to the modern chocolate industry. Here you can see how chocolate is made and of course enjoy some delicious tastings.

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