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Cologne is situated on the river Rhein in North Rhine-Westphalia and is the fourth largest city in Germany. Cologne has a rich history reaching as far back as the times of the ancient Roman Empire, when it was founded and remained a constantly inhabited important regional centre since then. Compared to other German and European cities, the ancient and medieval Cologne was relatively large, covering most of the modern-day city centre, and therefore a wealth of architectural heritage can be found across the city ranging from pre-Christian times to strikingly modern buildings, with a high concentration of Romanesque and Gothic architecture, culminating with the magnificent Cathedral (Dom).

Kölner Dom is protected by UNESCO. It took over 630 years to complete this monumental cathedral. Cologne's Dom is the first sight you will notice when taking the main exit from the central station. If you are in good shape, take the 509 stairs to the top of the south tower. It takes about an hour, so wear comfortable shoes, but it's worth the hike.

Cologne has one of the world's best collections of museums and galleries for a city of its size. As well as world class museums of art and archaeology, Cologne boasts two museums of ecclesiastical art, both housed in architecturally stunning buildings. There is also an ethnographic museum, a chocolate museum, the German Sport Museum and an abundance of Roman remains.

The main shopping street of Cologne is the Schildergasse, extending from the Neumarkt. Both the Schildergasse and Neumarkt, as well as pedestrianized side streets extending from them (in particular the Hohe Strasse leading towards the Dom), feature numerous department stores, boutiques and other high-profile retail establishments.

One can eat pretty well in most traditional-style Kölsch restaurants, and in fact as a visitor, you should try some of the local food, which is quite rustic, but tasty, hearty fare. You'll mostly find typical Rheinland dishes in those traditional Kneipen including Halver Hahn, a nice big slab of Dutch gouda with a rye roll (Röggelchen) and Himmel und Äd mit Flönz, a fried black pudding with mashed potatoes ("earth"), apple sauce ("heaven") and fried onions.

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