Cologne

Travel Guide
Hohenzollern Bridge showing a bridge, 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

Lindner Hotel City Plaza
Lindner Hotel City Plaza
4 out of 5
Magnusstr. 20, Cologne, NW
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥11,239 per night from Oct 3 to Oct 3
Located in Innenstadt, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Volkstheater Millowitsch, Cologne Cathedral, and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. Romano-Germanic Museum ...
4.3/5Excellent! (964 reviews)
"Everything was fine staff was helpfull"

Reviewed on Aug 16, 2021

Lindner Hotel City Plaza
Hyatt Regency Cologne
Hyatt Regency Cologne
5 out of 5
Kennedy-Ufer 2a, Cologne, NW
The price is ¥19,540 per night from Oct 20 to Oct 20
Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cologne Triangle Panorama and Musical Dome. Cologne Cathedral and LANXESS Arena are also ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (979 reviews)
Run down, Swimmingpool always booked
"The rooms were not very clean ... we couldnt use the pool because we had to book it in advance but it’s not mentioned anywhere on its pagethat we needed to do so....we went there to use the pool only. Overall it’s a run down Hyatt ...i wouldnt recommend it at all."

Reviewed on Aug 14, 2020

Hyatt Regency Cologne
Maritim Hotel Köln
Maritim Hotel Köln
4 out of 5
Heumarkt 20, Cologne, NW
The price is ¥14,084 per night from Oct 4 to Oct 4
Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Haymarket, Hohe Strasse, and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. Chocolate Museum and Schildergasse are ...
4.2/5Very Good! (967 reviews)
"Excellent breakfast, very well located."

Reviewed on Sep 6, 2021

Maritim Hotel 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.
Shivas City Aparthotel
Shivas City Aparthotel
2.5 out of 5
Geldernstraße 22 A, Cologne
The price is ¥7,509 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
Located in Nippes, this aparthotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Colonius and within 3 mi (5 km) of Cologne Zoo and Cologne Cathedral. LANXESS Arena and Cologne Trade ...
4.3/5Excellent! (3 reviews)
In Ordnung
"Es war etwas gewönungsbedürftig mit den schwarz gestrichenen Wänden. Das macht das Zimmer sehr dunkel. Eine frischere Farbe wäre angenehmer. Die Dusche und das Bett waren etwas kaputt. Ansonsten war die Unterkunft in Ordnung. Angesichts des niedrigen Preises kann man also eigentlich nicht ..."

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2021

Shivas City Aparthotel
GZ CityPark Aparthotel Köln
GZ CityPark Aparthotel Köln
2.5 out of 5
Venloer Str. 39, Cologne
The price is ¥7,523 per night from Oct 5 to Oct 5
Located in Innenstadt, this aparthotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Stadtgarten and 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Cologne Trade Fair Grounds. Friesenplatz and MediaPark are ...
3.1/5 (98 reviews)
Great value for money
"Great hotel from the inside The room was clean and comfortable The hotel entrance let’s it down and the reception is only 15,00-20,00 Once you can overcome these then it’s an excellent apartment and great value for money"

Reviewed on Apr 28, 2019

GZ CityPark Aparthotel Köln
Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
Blaubach 3, Cologne, NW
The price is ¥9,218 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Innenstadt, this eco-friendly aparthotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Hohe Strasse and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cologne Trade Fair Grounds. Schildergasse and ...
4.3/5Excellent! (900 reviews)
1 night stay
"Communication was good and check in/out was convenient. The rooms look similar to the pictures and it was quiet at night. Good for an overnight stay."

Reviewed on Jun 17, 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
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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