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Cologne or Bonn
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[=“times new roman”]Cologne or Bonn? Bonn or Cologne? [/]
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[=“times new roman”]I realise the obvious choice is to opt for Cologne due to its larger size, but is there really that much to do and see there? I’m travelling with two Uni friends and we’re planning on visiting a German border city on the way from Brussels to Amsterdam. We’re all music students and are quite into museums and architecture but we also like crazy nights out [8D]. I’m inclined to visit Bonn as I understand it wasn’t as badly damaged as Cologne in the war but am concerned as to whether the nightlife is as exciting as its larger neighbour?[/]
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[=“times new roman”]Hope you guys can help!!(?)[/]

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While I can’t really comment on nightlife (perhaps somebody else could) I’d still suggest Cologne over Bonn.
Cologne has indeed suffered a lot, but was restored, including the Dom Cathedral, and the old-town area by the river. Unless you are going to spend time in museums, you can see all you want in about half a day. The train station, by the way, is right next to the Cathedral, which is probably why at least one part of it is closed for restoration at all times.
Bonn is the most dull German city I know, there is really no “architecture” to talk about. Except for the Muensterplatz, all buildings are end of 19th century or post-war.

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I second the suggestion for Koln.  While both Bonn & Frankfurt have improved their tourist image over the past 10 to 12 yrs, they remain largely Business & Gov’t “1 night” towns.  More to see in Koln. 

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