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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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Liverpool to Cologne by train

from £140.00

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Edinburgh to Cologne by train

from £92.00

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Bonn to Cologne by train

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Köln Rodenkirchen to Cologne by train

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Heidelberg to Cologne by train

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Wolfsburg to Cologne by train

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Leeds to Cologne by train

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London to Cologne by train

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Bremen to Cologne by train

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Mainz to Cologne by train

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Vienna to Cologne by train

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Hamm to Cologne by train

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Kassel to Cologne by train

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Münster 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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Berne to Cologne by train

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Cambridge to Cologne by train

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Leuven to Cologne by train

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Arnsberg to Cologne by train

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Antwerp to Cologne by train

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Delft to Cologne by train

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Interlaken to Cologne by train

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Munich to Cologne by train

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Dortmund to Cologne by train

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Zurich to Cologne by train

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Oberhausen to Cologne by train

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Berlin to Cologne by train

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Duisburg to Cologne by train

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Amsterdam to Cologne by train

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Arnhem to Cologne by train

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Ashford to Cologne by train

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Geneva to Cologne by train

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Lausanne to Cologne by train

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Stuttgart to Cologne by train

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Budapest to Cologne by train

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Bath to Cologne by train

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Magdeburg to Cologne by train

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Hanover to Cologne by train

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Sinsheim to Cologne by train

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Hagen to Cologne by train

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Paris to Cologne by train

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Copenhagen to Cologne by train

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Hamburg to Cologne by train

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Nuremberg to Cologne by train

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Boppard to Cologne by train

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Eindhoven to Cologne by train

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