Cologne Bonn Airport is an international airport located in the city of Cologne, Germany, and also serves Bonn, the former German capital. It is operated by Flughafen Köln/Bonn GmbH and is the hub for FedEx Express, Germanwings, UPS Airlines, and beginning October 2015, Eurowings. It is the focus city for SunExpress Deutschland and TUIfly. In addition, it is also a host of the German and European space agencies DLR and EAC, part of ESA, which train astronauts for space explorations in the site. Cologne Bonn Airport has three asphalt runways.
The airport, which is one of the few 24-hour airports in Germany, is situated in the district of Porz and is surrounded by the Wahner Heide nature reserve. It has served approximately 9.3 million passengers in 2012, making it the seventh largest passenger airport in the country and the second largest in terms of cargo operations. It features 115 passenger destinations in 35 countries. In 2014, it served 9,450,493 passengers and recorded 123,241 aircraft movements.
What to see & do
There are several places worth checking out during your visit in Cologne. Arguably the first thing that will catch your attention is the Kölner Dom (that is, if you’re taking the main exit from the central station). To reach the top of its south tower, you’ll have to take the 509 stairs – it’s worth it. There’s also the 12 Romanesque Churches, which each has their own historical, aesthetic, and cultural importance – St. Kunibert, St. Severin, St. Maria Lyskirchen, St. Andreas, St. Aposteln, St. Gereon, St. Ursula, St. Pantaleon, St. Maria im Kapitol, Groß-St. Martin, St. Georg, and St. Cäcilien; Die Kölner Synagoge, known for its stunning architecture; the popular Veedel - City Quarters, particularly the bohemian Agnesviertel, where one will surely enjoy wandering around in, with its streets lined up with independent designers, bookshops, bars, and art galleries, as well as historical monuments; and check out breathtaking architecture in Rheinauhafen (Harbour). Don’t forget to visit museums as well, since Cologne has one of the best collections of museums and galleries in the world. There’s Museum Ludwig, Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Römisch-Germanisches Museum, and Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – World Cultures.
How to get around
Cologne has a good subway/tram and bus network called "KVB" (Kölner Verkehrsbetriebe). One can buy one- or three-day passes, which can be used on subway, tram, and regional train within the VRS-network. There are also regional trains, known as "S-Bahn", "Regional-Bahn", and "Regional Express". Like other major German cities like Berlin, Frankfurt, and Munich, Cologne has a Call A Bike system, where you can pick up or drop off one of the silver-red bikes anywhere in the city after you register an account online. Renting a bicycle is also an option.
How to get there
Cologne Bonn Airport is served by numerous airlines that provide scheduled and charter flights, including Air Berlin, AtlasGlobal, Austrian Airlines, Blue Air, Eurowings, Germanwings, InterSky, Iran Air KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper, Lufthansa, Pegasus Airlines, Ryanair, SkyWork Airlines, SunExpress, SunExpress Deutschland, TUIfly, Turkish Airlines, and Wizz Air. From the airport, you can take a train via the Cologne/Bonn Airport station, located on a loop off the Cologne–Frankfurt high-speed line that links the airport to long-distance trains at least once an hour per direction, most of them ICE services. There are also local bus lines that connect the airport with Cologne (route 161) and Bonn (route SB60); you can also access the city centres of Cologne and Bonn, as well as the Ruhrgebiet, via the airport’s own exit (named Flughafen) on motorway A59. Other ways of getting in include by train (via two major train stations - Köln Hauptbahnhof and Köln-Deutz, which link the city to Amsterdam, Brussels, and Paris); by car, via several motorways, Autobahns A1, A4, A3, A57, and A555; or by bus.
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