Originally established by the Romans in 50 AD, much of Cologne was destroyed during World War II. Thankfully, the city’s most famous landmark, the Cologne Cathedral, survived the bombings. It took 632 years to be completed and today is one of Europe’s most important Gothic churches. Dubbed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is said to house the earthly remains of the fabled Three Kings – the Magi. Learn about the history of the cathedral and its artwork, especially the pieces surrounding the Shrine of Magi.
<span 13.333333015441895px;"="">Spend some time exploring the narrow streets of Cologne’s Old Town and its tiny squares and churches, including the Groß St. Martin church. Cologne has also become a major cultural centre and has a vibrant arts scene. Visit one of the hundreds of galleries in the city, or head to one of the 30 museums on offer.