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Things to do in Cologne

Discover the joys of the Olympics

Cologne’s Sport and Olympic Museum (tel: +49 (0) 221 33 6090, www.sportmuseum.de) contains artifacts from ancient events through to modern day, and is an absolute must-visit for all Olympic history buffs. If all that makes you hungry, nip next door to the Chocolate Museum (tel: +49 (0) 221 931 8880; www.schokoladenmuseum.de).

Get into the Rhine on some wheels

Hire your own bike and explore the city’s narrow cobbled streets. If you’re feeling more adventurous, venture further afield along the Rhine and into Stadtwald forest and beyond. Speak to Radstation (www.radstationkoeln.de) about getting yourself set up with some wheels.

Jump out of a plane. No really.

Why walk, run to cycle when you can hurl yourself out of a perfectly functioning aeroplane? You can skydive over Cologne with Sky-Fun (tel: +49 (0) 221 500 678 80; www.sky-fun.de/)– either on your own (if you have the experience) or strapped to someone else in a tandem jump if you’re not.

Open your heart on the Love Locks Bridge

Some people say ‘I love you’ with flowers, some do it by composing irregularly rhyming poetry. Cologne’s residents express everlasting commitment to their beloveds by snapping a natty padlock to the Hohenzollernbrücke, a bridge which overspans the river Rhine. So many padlocks have been snagged there, that they add an extra twenty two tonnes of weight to the bridge.

See the Pop Art at Museum Ludwig

If you know your Warhol from your Lichenstein, Museum Ludwig (tel: +49 (0) 221 221 26165; www.museum-ludwig.de) will get your art heart filled to burst. It’s home to one of Europe’s largest collections of modern art, as well as a 900-strong Picasso selection that is the world’s third-largest after Paris and Barcelona.