Trains in Germany are an effective way to travel between cities, with Deutsche Bahn offering domestic and international train routes. Trains to Cologne arrive at Köln Hauptbahnhof and Köln Messe/Deutz. Both are major hubs for international, national and local trains of the German rail network. Cologne main station is located next to Cologne Cathedral, in the center of the city, while the Köln Messe/Deutz Station is just a short distance away, with the Hohenzollern Bridge linking the two. Trains to Cologne include Thalys, Intercity and ICE services, as well as local S-Bahn trains, Regional Bahn trains and a Regional Express service. Deutsche Bahn operate high-speed lines from Cologne to Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Paris, while ICE services run to other German cities, including Frankfurt am Main and Berlin. Euronight and Deutsche Bahn NachZug night trains also arrive at Cologne Station from European and German cities. Both stations are linked to the rest of the city by frequent buses and the Cologne Stadtbahn light rail system.
The large German city of Cologne spreads along the banks of the River Rhine in the Westphalian region. Cologne is made up of nine districts, each with their own distinctive character, giving the city a varied and cosmopolitan appeal. Medieval and Gothic architecture sits next to modern buildings interspersed by several large city parks. Cologne Cathedral, or Kölner Dom, is a beautiful Gothic building reputed to house the relics of the Three Magi. The high tower of Cologne Cathedral gives panoramic views across the city. Like all German towns Cologne has an excellent transport network, good shopping, fine dining and vibrant nightlife, with many nightclubs, theaters, concert halls and beer cellars. Popular attractions in the city include the Museum Ludwig with its collection of modern art, the Schnütgen, a museum of religious art, beautiful Romanesque churches and three surviving medieval gates.
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