Known in Germany as Köln and lying particularly close to Bonn, the city of Cologne has long been the biggest city in the North Rhine-Westphalia region, and the fourth-biggest city in the whole of Germany. Despite its size, Cologne is a surprisingly beautiful city and has grown around the Rhine River, spoiling visitors with its endless sightseeing and magnificent buildings.
Cologne is one of the country's most historic cities, and many of the best sights are to be found close to its breathtaking Kölner Dom (cathedral), close to the main train station (Hauptbahnhof). Tourism in truly booming in Cologne and many tourists choose to purchase the invaluable Köln Welcome Card, which offers major savings for visitors and is available at the Cologne Tourist Information Centre, on the Unter Fettenhennen.
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