Location, Climate: Cologne is one of the largest cities in Germany that is situated along Rheine River and consists of nine districts. This city is fairly warm compared to other German cities and the hottest months are from July to August and coldest months are from December to January. The best time to visit Cologne is during months of May to September when the climate is mild and sunny. Don't miss these sunny days and book discount Cologne hotels. Brief History: The first settlers of Cologne were the Germanic tribe of Ubii who arrived there in 38 B.C. Cologne was officially discovered by the Romans in 50 A.D. when the wife of Emperor Claudius namely Agrippa indicated her birthplace thus calling the city “Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium”. The city was later on called Colonia and Kohln by the Germans. Events, Landmarks, Activities: Cologne has many festivals and events but the most colorful is the Carnival which is held every February and features floats parades, costumed participants and markets. Wine lovers should definitely attend the annual Weinwoche in May which is a week-long wine fest held at the Neumarkt. Cologne boasts of its impressive architecture so make sure to visit its magnificent structures such as the Cologne Cathedral, Roonstrasse Synagogue and the Hohenzollern Bridge. There are also 12 Romanesque Churches in Cologne that are worth-visiting including the St. Kunibert Church and Basilica of St. Severin. Transportation: The best way to explore Cologne is by foot or rent a bike since the city center is not that big. But for farther destinations, it is best to take the subway, tram or train.