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3 day stay in Cologne this September

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3 day stay in Cologne this September

Hello,

My and my wife are going to spend 3 days in Cologne.

we are mainly interested in medieval structure and history therefore, the Cathedral, Old Town, the churches and some museums are on our list.

I want know if there are any nearby interesting medieval towns close to Cologne - say 1 or 2 hours away that we can visit?

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1. Re: 3 day stay in Cologne this September

Although Cologne was the largest city in Germany in the High Middle Ages, there aren't a lot of medieval structures left. However there are still plenty of historical traces in Cologne that make exploring the city worthwhile. As for medieval structures I would recommend a day trip to the Middle Rhine Valley. Especially Bacharach and Oberwesel have a medieval flair. You also shouldn't miss Brühl (just 2 trains stops / 12 mins from Cologne Main station), it also has some medieval buildings in its old town, but is mainly known for the Augustusburg and Falkenlust palaces. There are more medieval towns within the given perimeter, but if you have only three days, I'd stick to the above. With the Cologne Cathedral, the Brühl palaces and the Middle Rhine valley you would have seen 3 World Heritage Sites in 3 days!

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2. Re: 3 day stay in Cologne this September

Oh, I forgot to mention Aachen, also an easy train ride from Cologne and yet another World Heritage site!

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3. Re: 3 day stay in Cologne this September

To aichberger's suggestions I would add Linz am Rhein, 1 hour south of Cologne by train on the east bank of the river and the most attractive of the old-world Rhine villages, IMO. You might combine a visit to Linz with a tour of never-destroyed, 700-year-old Marksburg Castle in Braubach, on the same side of the river and 11 train minutes south of Koblenz.

http://www.linz.de/pdf/Linz_Prospekt_2007.pdf

www.marksburg.de

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4. Re: 3 day stay in Cologne this September

I agree with all suggestions made above, but need to add Monschau, close to Aachen, in the Eifel region.

It is a wonderful little village, between some mountains, with a castle on top, and the river flowing through the city center. You should not miss that!

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