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With its main railway station (the Hauptbahnhof) nudging up against Cologne’s celebrated cathedral, this Rhineland city is a place that takes trains seriously. For visitors arriving from Britain (or for that matter, from nearby Belgium and the Netherlands), Cologne offers a wonderful first taste of Germany. The train from London to Cologne takes little more than four hours, thus making rail a great alternative to flying. Visitors will find a liberal, cosmopolitan city with a raft of world-class museums. Culture is not compulsory; after you’ve had your fill of Romanesque churches and Renaissance crucifixions, head down to the Altmarkt and chill over a beer or two.

Cologne is a major hub for international and domestic rail services. For travel within Germany, there are direct ICE trains to Hamburg, Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin, all taking five hours or less. There are direct Thalys services to Paris and Brussels. Deutsche Bahn runs its fast ICE trains from Cologne to Amsterdam and Brussels. There are direct daytime trains from Cologne to Switzerland and Austria. These include very comfortable EuroCity services from Cologne to Berne, Interlaken and Zürich, which all follow the classic Rhine Valley route rather than modern high-speed lines. Cologne has overnight trains with comfortable sleepers to Innsbruck, Linz, Munich and Vienna. Hardy types who don't mind an overnight journey in a regular train seat will find additional overnight options with departures late each evening for Basel and Berlin.

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Munich to Cologne by train

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Mannheim to Cologne by train

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Stuttgart to Cologne by train

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Arnhem to Cologne by train

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Ebbsfleet to Cologne by train

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Duisburg to Cologne by train

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Bamberg to Cologne by train

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Strasbourg to Cologne by train

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Amsterdam to Cologne by train

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Antwerp to Cologne by train

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Interlaken to Cologne by train

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Passau to Cologne by train

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Enschede to Cologne by train

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Rotterdam to Cologne by train

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Nuremberg to Cologne by train

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Eindhoven to Cologne by train

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Bacharach to Cologne by train

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Edinburgh to Cologne by train

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Breda to Cologne by train

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Bielefeld to Cologne by train

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Olten to Cologne by train

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Braunschweig to Cologne by train

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Zurich to Cologne by train

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Paris to Cologne by train

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Brühl to Cologne by train

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Rome to Cologne by train

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Milan to Cologne by train

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Bruges to Cologne by train

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Oberhausen to Cologne by train

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Kehl to Cologne by train

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Leipzig to Cologne by train

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Luxembourg City to Cologne by train

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Leiden to Cologne by train

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The Hague to Cologne by train

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Glasgow to Cologne by train

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Innsbruck to Cologne by train

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Krefeld to Cologne by train

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Venlo to Cologne by train

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Baden-Baden to Cologne by train

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Arnsberg to Cologne by train

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s-Hertogenbosch to Cologne by train

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Florence to Cologne by train

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Kufstein to Cologne by train

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Fulda to Cologne by train

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Budapest to Cologne by train

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Basel to Cologne by train

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Essen to Cologne by train

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Würzburg to Cologne by train

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Aachen to Cologne by train

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Mainz to Cologne by train

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Nuremberg to Cologne by train

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