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Cologne

Travel Guide
Hohenzollern Bridge which includes night scenes, a church or cathedral and a river or creek

Discover the character of this liberal and hospitable city, now a hub for arts and culture in Germany’s Rhineland.

Cologne lies on the banks of the Rhine River and is Germany’s fourth largest city. Its long and fascinating history has given the city a distinctive charm; a towering cathedral, medieval marketplace and grand old buildings sit alongside modern office blocks. Cologne is a hot spot for tourism, as well as media and business. It is famous worldwide for the scent Eau de Cologne, first produced here in 1709. It’s also known as being one of the most liberal cities in Germany.

One of the most popular areas for visitors is the picturesque Old Town, which was almost completely reduced to rubble during World War II. Cologne was one of the most heavily bombed cities in Germany, but it has been painstakingly rebuilt. The historic center, including the Alter Markt (Old Market), has been restored to its pre-war heritage and the surviving old buildings, such as the famous Cologne Cathedral, carefully preserved. A more modern attraction, but still one of the oldest of its kind in Germany, is the Cologne Zoo.

Cologne today is known for being a major cultural center and is famous for its Winter Carnival, held in February. There’s also plenty of activity throughout the year thanks to the city’s vibrant arts scene, countless galleries and more than 30 museums. The Museum Schnütgen houses an extensive collection of medieval art in an 11th-century Romanesque church. Visit the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Art) and browse through thousands of design objects, from a Mies van der Rohe chair to a retro vacuum cleaner.

If you want to practice your German, Cologne is a great place to do so as the locals are known for their welcoming nature. English is also widely spoken here, especially by younger people, and tours and information in English are available for all of the city’s main attractions.

Getting around Cologne is easy with the efficient and affordable public transport network, which includes trams, buses and trains. There is an English language feature on ticket machines. Renting a bike is another great way to see this city; rentals are available from the northern side of the main train station.

Where to stay in Cologne

Moxy Cologne Bonn Airport
Moxy Cologne Bonn Airport
3 out of 5
KENNEDYSTRASSE 14 FLUGHAFEN, Cologne
The price is CA $94 per night from Sep 3 to Sep 3
Located in Porz, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of LANXESS Arena, Chocolate Museum, and Alter Markt. Neumarkt and Cologne Trade Fair Grounds are also within ...
4.2/5Very Good! (5 reviews)
"Super dichtbij terminal 1! Geluiddicht, schoon en super vriendelijke personeel."

Reviewed on Jul. 17, 2021

Moxy Cologne Bonn Airport
Lindner Hotel City Plaza
Lindner Hotel City Plaza
4 out of 5
Magnusstr. 20, Cologne, NW
The price is CA $137 per night from Aug 7 to Aug 7
Located in Innenstadt, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Volkstheater Millowitsch, Cologne Cathedral, and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. Romano-Germanic Museum ...
4.2/5Excellent! (954 reviews)
"Location is very good, bathroom comfortable and clean, good room, had asked for twin beds (travelling with a child) but was given a double bed, though not a big problem. Nice breakfast!"

Reviewed on Jan. 21, 2020

Lindner Hotel City Plaza
Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln
Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln
5 out of 5
Pipinstrasse 1, Cologne, NW
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $156 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Alter Markt, and City Hall. Romano-Germanic Museum and Cologne ...
4.2/5Very Good! (999 reviews)
"Excellent sound isolation - can't hear any outside noise, even though I'm pretty sensitive. Nice sheets cleaned with fragrance free detergent. Empty fridge for our use was also a plus. Bath products had unwanted chemicals, so we used our own. Hotel sent us two emails, but none mentioned that a COVID ..."

Reviewed on Jul. 30, 2021

Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Ferienwohnung Bankwitz
Ferienwohnung Bankwitz
2.5 out of 5
Dasselstraße 26, Cologne
The price is CA $66 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Innenstadt, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cologne Synagogue and University of Cologne. Cologne Cathedral and Neumarkt are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Ich habe lediglich für eine Nacht in der Unterkunft übernachtet. Mir hat es gut gefallen. Einfach, aber zweckmäßig. Unschlagbar gute Lage. Die Innenstadt ist fußläufig gut zu erreichen. Ich würde die Unterkunft erneut buchen."

Reviewed on Jan. 20, 2020

Ferienwohnung Bankwitz
Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
Blaubach 3, Cologne, NW
The price is CA $116 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 30
Located in Innenstadt, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hohe Strasse and Neumarkt. Cologne Cathedral and Alter Markt are also within ...
4.3/5Excellent! (897 reviews)
Fabulous!!!
"Fabulous!!!! Great room. Good location close to Cathedral. Clean. My cuadruple room has 2 rooms, 4 beds and a kitchenette. Very nice team. Stay here without a doubt!!!"

Reviewed on Aug. 12, 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
Luxury Apartment & Penthouse Villa
Luxury Apartment & Penthouse Villa
Unter den Birken 239, Cologne
Located in Hahnwald, this villa is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Forstbotanischer Garten Koln and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum and Rheinau Harbour. ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
"Die Unterkunft ist spitze, die Vermieterin ist super freundlich. Kann ich nur Empfehlen!!!"

Reviewed on Dec. 9, 2019

Luxury Apartment & Penthouse Villa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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