21 days in Aachen & Cologne Itinerary

21 days in Aachen & Cologne Itinerary

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21 days in Aachen & Cologne Itinerary

Start: Aachen
1
Aachen
— 17 nights
train:  1​h
2
Cologne
— 3 nights
train:  1​h
End: Aachen

17
nights
Aachen

Aachen ©
Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Markt and Naturparkzentrum Teufelsschlucht. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Aachen: Trier (St. Paulin-Kirche, Mariensaule, & more), Romische Villa Urbana (in Longuich) and Museum Huertgenwald 1944 und im Frieden (in Huertgenwald). There's lots more to do: take an in-depth tour of Centre Charlemagne, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Wildpark Gangelt, see the interesting displays at Museum Rotes Haus, and get a taste of the local shopping with Printenbackerei Klein & Printen Museum.

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The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Aachen. June in Aachen sees daily highs of 25°C and lows of 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can catch the train to Cologne.

Things to do in Aachen

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Trier, Monschau, Roscheider Hof, Nationaal park Eifel, Dohmenpark
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Naturparkzentrum Teufelsschlucht ©
Naturparkzentrum Teufelsschlucht
Markt ©
Markt
Centre Charlemagne ©
Centre Charlemagne

3
nights
Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): get outside with Stadionhopper Mark Mauderer, stroll through Stadtwald Park Koln, and then pause for some serene contemplation at Sankt Andreas Kirche. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the natural beauty at Forstbotanischer Garten, identify plant and animal life at Lindenthaler Tierpark, appreciate the extensive heritage of Frankenwerft, then pause for some photo ops at Tunnes and Schal, and finally admire the striking features of St. Maria im Kapitol.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Cologne tour builder app .

You can take a train from Aachen to Cologne in an hour. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 29°C in July, and nighttime lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to take a train back home.

Things to do in Cologne

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites
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Lindenthaler Tierpark ©
Lindenthaler Tierpark
St. Maria im Kapitol ©
St. Maria im Kapitol
Schnutgen Museum ©
Schnutgen Museum

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