Due to its perfect location at the river Rhine, Cologne was already an important city during the Roman Empire and later became one of the largest and most powerful cities in northern Europe during the medieval age.
Today, the famous Cologne Dome is the major landmark in the city and still shows the importance the city once had. And the spirit of a proud city still shows in many aspects, like the carnival, which reaches its peak in a crazy parade through the city, or the Kölsch, a beer which is only brewed in Cologne.
The beautiful surrounding of Cologne is inviting as well – especially the romantic Rhine area south of Cologne, with its many castles and fortresses, the Lorely rock and vineyards producing the famous German Riesling wine.
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