4 days in Cologne, Monschau & Aachen Itinerary

4 days in Cologne, Monschau & Aachen Itinerary

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4 days in Cologne, Monschau & Aachen Itinerary

Start: Cologne
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Cologne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
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Monschau
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h
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Aachen
— 1 night
train:  1​h
End: Cologne

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Cologne

Cologne ©
Though Cologne famously contains 12 Romanesque churches, the city's top prize remains its landmark Gothic cathedral.
On the 17th (Mon), do some rugged touring at local off-road trails, admire the landmark architecture of Cologne Cathedral, and then contemplate the long history of Villa Hammerschmidt. Keep things going the next day: explore the world behind art at Wallraf-Richartz Museum, admire the masterpieces at Museum Ludwig, and then don't miss a visit to Hohenzollern Bridge.

To see photos, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cologne travel planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Sao Paulo, Brazil to Cologne. The time zone changes from Brasilia Time to Central European Time, which is usually a 4 hour difference. Traveling from Sao Paulo in October, expect nights in Cologne to be a bit cooler, around 9°C, while days are cooler, around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Monschau.

Things to do in Cologne

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Villa Hammerschmidt
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Cologne Cathedral ©
Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©
Museum Ludwig
Wallraf-Richartz Museum ©
Wallraf-Richartz Museum

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Monschau

Monschau
Monschau is a small resort town in the Eifel region of western Germany, located in the district Aachen, North Rhine-Westphalia.GeographyThe town is located in the hills of the North Eifel, within the Hohes Venn – Eifel Nature Park in the narrow valley of the Rur river.The historic town center has many preserved half-timbered houses and narrow streets have remained nearly unchanged for 300 years, making the town a popular tourist attraction nowadays. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Wed): stroll through Eifelsteig, then indulge your taste buds at Historische Senfmühle, and then see the interesting displays at Stiftung Scheibler-Museum Rotes Haus Monschau.

To see maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Monschau vacation trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Cologne to Monschau. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Cologne in October: high temperatures in Monschau hover around 13°C and lows are around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Aachen.

Things to do in Monschau

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Eifelsteig
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Aachen

Aachen ©
Aachen, a spa town, was once a prominent royal city where German kings were crowned and Charlemagne built his favorite residence.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Markt, don't miss a visit to Elisenbrunnen, then examine the collection at Couven-Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Centre Charlemagne, and finally contemplate the long history of Aachener Rathaus.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aachen trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Monschau to Aachen with the Route module. Traveling from Monschau in October, expect Aachen to be a bit warmer, temps between 17°C and 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aachen

Museums Historic Sites
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Centre Charlemagne ©
Centre Charlemagne
Aachener Rathaus ©
Aachener Rathaus
Couven Museum ©
Couven Museum

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