Cologne's cultural heritage suffered greatly during World War II, but many monuments and historic buildings have been rebuilt from ruins; today tourists from all over the world come to see them.
A sightseeing excursion of Cologne with a English-speaking guide is the best way to get to know the city. 1001guide recommends starting with an excursion of Cologne Cathedral, one of the most beautiful Catholic cathedrals in Europe. The Augustusburg Palace, Weisshaus Castle, the famous Cologne House are worth seeing.
Cologne has many interesting museums - the perfume museum, the Schnütgen museum with masterpieces of medieval art, the chocolate museum with a shop-cafe.