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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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London to Cologne by train

from $71.10

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Amsterdam to Cologne by train

from $24.36

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Brussels to Cologne by train

from $18.43

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Düsseldorf to Cologne by train

from $15.14

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Nuremberg to Cologne by train

from $36.21

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Copenhagen to Cologne by train

from $48.71

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Vienna to Cologne by train

from $48.06

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Paris to Cologne by train

from $35.55

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Berlin to Cologne by train

from $31.60

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Munich to Cologne by train

from $24.36

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Hamburg to Cologne by train

from $24.36

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Mainz to Cologne by train

from $23.70

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Basel to Cologne by train

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Zurich to Cologne by train

from $48.06

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Salzburg to Cologne by train

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Frankfurt am Main to Cologne by train

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Wolfsburg to Cologne by train

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Fredericia to Cologne by train

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Flensburg to Cologne by train

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Münster to Cologne by train

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Essen to Cologne by train

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Hanover to Cologne by train

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Breda to Cologne by train

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Eindhoven to Cologne by train

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Venlo to Cologne by train

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Mönchengladbach to Cologne by train

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Sittard to Cologne by train

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Heerlen to Cologne by train

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Herzogenrath to Cologne by train

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Aachen to Cologne by train

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Mannheim to Cologne by train

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Cologne Bonn Airport to Cologne by train

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Nijmegen to Cologne by train

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Liège to Cologne by train

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Maastricht to Cologne by train

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Roermond to Cologne by train

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Duisburg to Cologne by train

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Luxembourg City to Cologne by train

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Koblenz to Cologne by train

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Hamm to Cologne by train

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Dortmund to Cologne by train

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Cambridge 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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Amersfoort to Cologne by train

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Enschede to Cologne by train

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Osnabrück to Cologne by train

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Würzburg to Cologne by train

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Edinburgh to Cologne by train

from $132.32

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Utrecht to Cologne by train

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Stuttgart to Cologne by train

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Leipzig to Cologne by train

from $24.36

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Karlsruhe to Cologne by train

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Leeds to Cologne by train

from $269.90

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Manchester to Cologne by train

from $152.73

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Freiburg to Cologne by train

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Bonn to Cologne by train

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Hagen to Cologne by train

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Dresden to Cologne by train

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The Hague to Cologne by train

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Bruges to Cologne by train

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Fulda to Cologne by train

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Leuven to Cologne by train

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Bielefeld to Cologne by train

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Rotterdam to Cologne by train

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Antwerp to Cologne by train

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Darmstadt to Cologne by train

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Bern to Cologne by train

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Prague to Cologne by train

from $36.21

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Baden-Baden to Cologne by train

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Interlaken to Cologne by train

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Magdeburg to Cologne by train

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Offenburg to Cologne by train

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Bremen to Cologne by train

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