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Cologne (German: Köln) is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia (German: Nordrhein-Westfalen), Germany, and 4th largest city in Germany. As of 2006, Cologne had a population of 989,766.

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Cologne Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide - with pull out map (Marco Polo Pocket Guides)

By Marco Polo Travel Publishing

Marco Polo Travel Publishing, Ltd.
Released: 2019-03-08
Paperback (136 pages)

Cologne Marco Polo Pocket Travel Guide - with pull out map (Marco Polo Pocket Guides)
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Marco Polo Pocket Guide Cologne: the Travel Guide with Insider Tips

Explore Cologne with this handy, pocket-sized, authoritative guide, packed with Insider Tips. Discover boutique hotels, authentic restaurants, the city's trendiest places, and get tips on shopping and what to do on a limited budget. There are plenty of ideas for travel with kids, and a summary of all the festivals and events that take place. Let Marco Polo show you all this historic city has to offer…

This glorious cathedral city is a metropolis brimming with history and culture, as well as a modern multicultural haven overflowing with creative talent. From historically significant churches, world-renowned museums and architectural masterpieces to modern shopping centres and highly convivial breweries, let Marco Polo show you the best Cologne has to offer. … This is Cologne!

Your Marco Polo Cologne Pocket Guide includes:

• Insider Tips – we show you the hidden gems and little-known secrets that offer a real insight into the city. Discover the creative heart of Cologne in Ehrenfeld, stay in a Victorian villa or enjoy classic Rhenish cuisine in a historic, wood-panelled building.

• Best of – find the best things to do for free, the best ‘only in’ Cologne experiences, the best things to do if it rains and the best places to relax and spoil yourself.

• Sightseeing – all of the top sights are organized by areas of the city so you can easily plan your day.

• Discovery Tours – 4 specially tailored tours will get you to the heart of Cologne. Discover and experience all the delights defining Cologne, from its historic Cathedral to its artistic quarter.

• Cologne in full-color – Marco Polo Pocket Guide Cologne includes full-color photos throughout the guide bringing the city to life offering you a real taste of what you can see and enjoy on your trip.

• Touring App – download any of the Discovery Tours to your smartphone, complete with the detailed route description and map exactly as featured in the guide, free of charge. The maps can be used offline too, so no roaming charges. The perfect navigational tool with distance indicators and landmarks highlighting the correct direction to travel in as well as GPS coordinates along the way. Enjoy stress-free sightseeing and never get lost again!

• Street Atlas and pull-out map – we’ve included a detailed street atlas and a handy, pull-out map so you can pop the guide in your bag for a full-on sightseeing day or head out with just the map to enjoy your Discovery Tour.

• Useful German phrases – the essential words and phrases are included to help you get by.

Trust Marco Polo Pocket Guide Cologne to show you around this fascinating city. The comprehensive coverage and unique insights will ensure you experience everything Cologne has to offer and more. The special tips, personal insights and unusual experiences will help you make the most of your trip - just arrive and enjoy.

Lonely Planet Best of Germany (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet
Released: 2019-05-01
Kindle Edition (324 pages)

Lonely Planet Best of Germany (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world’s number one travel guide publisher*

Lonely Planet’s Best of Germany is your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. See storybook castles rise from the Bavarian forest, raise a stein to an oompah band in a Munich beer garden and take in the vibrant Berlin arts scene – all with your trusted travel companion. Discover the best of Germany and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet’s Best of Germany:

  • Full-colour images throughout

  • Highlights and itineraries help you tailor your trip to your personal needs and interests

  • Insider tips to save time and money and get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots

  • Essential info at your fingertips - hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, prices

  • Honest reviews for all budgets - eating, sightseeing, going out, shopping, hidden gems that most guidebooks miss

  • Cultural insights provide a richer, more rewarding travel experience - history, art, food, wine, sport, politics

  • Free, convenient pull-out map (included in print version), plus easy-to-use colour maps to help you navigate

  • Covers Berlin, Potsdam, Neuschwanstein, Heidelberg, The Black Forest, Dresden, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Cologne, The Romantic Rhine Valley, The Moselle Valley and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet’s Best of Germany is filled with inspiring and colourful photos, and focuses on Germany’s most popular attractions for those wanting to experience the best of the best.

Looking for a more comprehensive guide that recommends both popular and offbeat experiences, and extensively covers all the country has to offer? Check out Lonely Planet’s Germany guide.

Need a guide to Berlin or Munich? Check out Lonely Planet’s Berlin or Munich, Bavaria & the Black Forest guides for an in-depth look at all these cities and regions have to offer.

About Lonely Planet: Lonely Planet is a leading travel media company and the world’s number one travel guidebook brand, providing both inspiring and trustworthy information for every kind of traveller since 1973. Over the past four decades, we’ve printed over 145 million guidebooks and grown a dedicated, passionate global community of travellers. You’ll also find our content online, and in mobile apps, video, 14 languages, nine international magazines, armchair and lifestyle books, ebooks, and more.

‘Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.’ – New York Times

‘Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.’ – Fairfax Media (Australia)

*Source: Nielsen BookScan: Australia, UK, USA, 5/2016-4/2017

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By Frank Geile

Paperback (144 pages)

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  • Emons Publishers
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• A travel guide to Cologne, with more than 200 tips for restaurants, bars, and activities - a must for travelers and visitors
• Concise, well-informed, and entertaining
• Includes lots of images and inside information
"Cologne is a feeling", say the locals, and it is also a magnet for tourists. Some five million people visit this cathedral city every year. Cologne is not a polished and shiny place, but has its rough edges. It is scarcely possible to explain the city in abstract terms. You have to see and feel it, and this is exactly the starting point for this new guide to Cologne.

Only in Cologne: A Guide to Unique Locations, Hidden Corners and Unusual Objects (Only In Guides)

By Duncan J. D. Smith

Interlink Publishing
Paperback (232 pages)

Only in Cologne: A Guide to Unique Locations, Hidden Corners and Unusual Objects (Only In Guides)
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Discover Europe with the 'Only In' Guides! These ground breaking city guides are for independent cultural travellers wishing to escape the crowds and understand cities from different and unusual perspectives. Unique locations, hidden corners and unusual objects. A comprehensive illustrated guide to more than 80 fascinating and unusual historical sites in Germany's most historic city - Religious relics, forgotten fortresses, unexpected sanctuaries, abandoned cemeteries, and little-known museums. From Colonia Agrippinensis and the French occupation to the Kingdom of Prussia and the Third Reich including sites such as; Napoleon's cemetery, a road beneath the Rhine, the city lighthouse, and where the Red Baron learned to fly.

Fodor's Essential Germany (Full-color Travel Guide)

By Fodor's Travel Guides

Fodor's Travel
Released: 2019-01-15
Paperback (800 pages)

Fodor s Essential Germany (Full-color Travel Guide)
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Written by locals, Fodor’s Essential Germany is the perfect guidebook for those looking for insider tips to make the most out their visit to Munich, Berlin, the Bavarian Alps and beyond. Complete with detailed maps and concise descriptions, this Germany travel guide will help you plan your trip with ease. Join Fodor’s in exploring one of the most exciting countries in Europe.

From the vibrant nightlife and art scene of Berlin to the more traditional region of Bavaria and its capital, Munich, Germany offers beautiful scenery, a thriving cultural scene, and hearty food and drink. Whether you are interested in a scenic drive through quaint half-timber towns, a scenic cruise down a castle-studded river, wine tasting in the country's top cellars, or a visit to a state-of-the-art automobile factory, there's something to see in Europe's biggest country. Fodor's Essential Germany makes it easy to create a perfect trip from start to finish.

Fodor’s Essential Germany includes:

    •UP-TO-DATE COVERAGE: Fully updated information on new openings and developments, including restaurants, hotels, and outdoor activities, for all of Germany's top destinations and undiscovered gems, from Cologne and Nuremburg to the Black Forest and the Romantic Road.
    •ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES GUIDE: A spectacular color photo guide highlights the ultimate unmissable experiences and attractions throughout Germany to inspire you.
    •DETAILED MAPS: Full-size street maps throughout will help you plan efficiently and get around confidently.
    •GORGEOUS PHOTOS AND ILLUSTRATED FEATURES: Rich, full-color features invite you to experience the best of Germany, from Oktoberfest to King Ludwig's fairy-tale castles. Other features help you understand what to eat and drink and how to trace your Germany roots.
    •HELPFUL ITINERARIES AND TOP RECOMMENDATIONS: Multiple sample itineraries to help you plan and make the most of your time. Includes tips on where to eat, stay, and shop as well as information about nightlife, sports and the outdoors. “Fodor’s Choice” designates our best picks in every category.
    •INDISPENSABLE TRIP PLANNING TOOLS: Includes tools such as a country-level Need to Know planning section, a map with travel times by train, and recommended scenic drives and bike rides. Each chapter also has a helpful planning section with a color orientation map.
    •COVERS: Munich, Berlin, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg, the Romantic Road, the Black Forest, Cologne, the Rhineland, and more.

ABOUT FODOR'S AUTHORS: Each Fodor's Travel Guide is researched and written by local experts. Fodor’s has been offering expert advice for all tastes and budgets for over 80 years.

Looking for guides to other European countries? Check out Fodor’s Essential France and Fodor's Essential Switzerland.

Castles on the Rhine - From Mainz to Cologne. In full colour with descriptions (Englische Ausgabe)

By Renate Rahmel Wilhelm Avenarius

Released: 2004-01-01
Paperback (50 pages)

Castles on the Rhine - From Mainz to Cologne. In full colour with descriptions (Englische Ausgabe)
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THE CASTLES OF THE RHINE VALLEY All Germany is rich in castles but the romantic Rhine valley the heartland of the old Holy Roman Empire has a particularly high density of important medieval military buildings. Some are ruins, but many, like Marksburg Castle, have survived the ravages of war, fire and neglect in excellent condition. Today, castles like Marksburg are fascinating windows into the age of' chivalry and the development of this fascinating form of military architecture. main function of all castles was defence, everything else was secondary. They were always surrounded by a curtain wall, which was often supplemented by a reinforced shield wall at strategic points. Crenellated battlements and arrow slits protected the defenders, and attackers often also 'had to overcome a series of several gates. The main entrance was protected by a drawbridge and machicolations projecting over the gate, from which boiling liquids and missiles could be dropped on the hapless foes below. The final refuge of the castle residents was the stronghold, or keep. It was the tallest and strongest building within the walls, with a high entrance accessible only via a removable ladder or wooden bridge. In addition to being a watchtower and the center point of the entire castle, the keep was also a status symbol. The main residential building (great hall) was called the Palas. The castle chapel was often installed in the gatehouse or one of the main towers (nearer my God to Thee!), and a small garden inside the walls provided herbs, flowers and vegetables in emergencies. Offices and service rooms were generally located in the outer ward. From the 16C on castle walls had to be made increasingly thicker and stronger in response to the development of artillery Only a few castles were made into mighty fortresses like Ehrenbreitstein, however. Instead, the nobility increasingly moved to more comfortable residential castles.


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