Planning an international trip, especially your first one, is a thrilling experience. You scour Pinterest and Instagram for travel inspiration, shop for the perfect suitcase, and even use sites like Kayak to score a great hotel. You’re all set for your next adventure…right? Unfortunately, if your prep work stops there, you’re leaving yourself open to a ton of international travel mistakes.
Cologne (Köln in German) has everything you could want in a European city. Rich history, impressive architecture, beautiful parks, delicious pastries, riverfront dining… the list goes on and on. While it was the awe-inspiring Cologne Cathedral that prompted my visit, I enjoyed Cologne’s quieter parks in equal measure. I designed this custom map and itinerary for two days in Cologne to showcase my favorite parts of the city for first-time visitors.