Cologne Central is the major railway hub for the city, as well as the destination for international rail services into the city. To reach Cologne via train from the United Kingdom, it is first necessary to travel to London St Pancras International. Direct services run from Nottingham, Leicester, Derby and Sheffield to St Pancras International. From cities such as Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham, it is possible to travel to London Euston and then reach St Pancras via the Underground system. The Eurostar service leaves St Pancras International for Brussels Midi on a regular basis. At Brussels, it is necessary to change in order to catch trains to Cologne, which are operated by both InterCity-Express and Thalys. The location of Cologne Central makes onward travel from here fairly straightforward, with many local bus and train services operating frequently.
One of the oldest cities in Germany, Cologne is an architectural delight. Dominating the historic city skyline is Cologne Cathedral, a Gothic masterpiece and the most iconic structure in the city, if not the whole of Germany. The historic legacy of Cologne is further exemplified by the many beautiful Roman churches that still stand here and the quaint cobbled streets lined with fine examples of medieval architecture. Cologne is also rightly famed for its growing social scene, boasting more drinking establishments per capita than any other city in Germany and being home to many of the country's oldest traditional breweries, the most famous of which is probably Kölsch.
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