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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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Brussels to Cologne by train

from £17.00

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London to Cologne by train

from £52.50

Avg 1 change 4hr 11m

Amsterdam to Cologne by train

from £17.00

Avg 0 changes 2hr 35m

Copenhagen to Cologne by train

from £35.00

Avg 1 change 9hr 8m

Basel to Cologne by train

from £35.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 42m

Zurich to Cologne by train

from £35.00

Avg 0 changes 5hr 5m

Mainz to Cologne by train

from £17.00

Avg 0 changes 1hr 21m

Paris to Cologne by train

from £18.00

Avg 0 changes 3hr 14m

Munich to Cologne by train

from £17.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr 18m

Vienna to Cologne by train

from £35.00

Avg 0 changes 8hr 43m

Düsseldorf to Cologne by train

from £11.50

Avg 0 changes 19m

Salzburg to Cologne by train

from £26.00

Avg 1 change 6hr 6m

Berlin to Cologne by train

from £17.00

Avg 0 changes 4hr 17m

Frankfurt am Main to Cologne by train

from £17.00

Avg 0 changes 48m

Nuremberg to Cologne by train

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Hamburg to Cologne by train

from £21.50

Avg 0 changes 3hr 33m

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