Senior art-lovers are well catered for in Cologne. A total of 42 museums, such as the Ludwig Museum, which houses the largest collection of pop art outside the United States, the Museum of Applied Art and the arts centre, which opened on Neumarkt in 2010, and 120 galleries featuring all kinds of works from every period attest to Cologne's reputation as a city of art and culture. Cologne also has an extremely dynamic theatre scene, which offers a varied programme on numerous stages including four venues devoted to comedy. Plays, operas and prestigious concerts at the Cologne Philharmonic Hall round off the city's diverse cultural programme.
A panoramic tour on board a river cruiser is the best way to experience the romance of the Rhine. You get a fabulous overview of Cologne's sights and can marvel at the panoramic view of the old quarter and the cathedral. Rhine riverboat trips for seniors run regularly during the summer, with live music and a relaxed atmosphere on board.
More than a quarter of Cologne is made up of green spaces, so there are an exceptionally large number of parks and gardens. It's the perfect choice for visitors seeking an active, relaxing break as well as all the buzz of a big city.
Extending to over 40 hectares, the Rhine Park was created for the Federal Horticultural Exhibition in 1957. From this award-winning green expanse you can board the cable car across the Rhine and enjoy panoramic views of Cologne's riverside setting. The Flora and the Botanic Garden, which date from the 19th century, are among Cologne's oldest and most traditional green spaces, offering a multi-sensory tour around the world with over 10,000 plant species and many plant display houses.