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Nestled on the banks of the Rhine River, Cologne represents the best of Germany's past, present and future. Blending medieval architecture with contemporary design, the city takes notes from its illustrious past to offer some of Europe's best museums, music venues and entertainment hubs.

From a flourishing Roman settlement to the ruins of World War II, the 'Cathedral City' has constantly rebuilt itself and forged new identities. This continuous evolution dominates the city's skyline, where you can see the modern and gothic contrasts of Cologne Tower and Cologne Cathedral.

As one of Germany's prominent cultural centres, Cologne offers a wealth of diverse activities. While Cologne Chocolate Museum and Cologne Philharmonic are portals to worlds of cocoa and music, it's Museum Ludwig that offers the best value with the world's third-largest Pablo Picasso collection. If you're travelling with kids, the grassy open spaces and ziplines of the Rheinpark are always worth a visit.

Explore the Old Town to see Cologne's photogenic cathedrals and medieval streets. Make a stop at Haxenhaus to grab a bite of schnitzel, sauerkraut and other German staples. If it's shopping you're after, head over to the Innenstadt area known for its high-street stores and boutiques on Schildergasse, Hohe Strasse and Lindenthal.

Located 15 kilometres outside the city, Cologne Bonn Airport can be reached via the S-Bahn within a quarter of an hour. The city is also served by high-speed ICE and Eurostar trains – connecting to Brussels, London and nearby German cities like Dusseldorf and Munich.

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From $195 per night

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Most popular time to visit October-December
Cheapest time to visit January-March
Local currency € 1 = $1.04
Language German
Average weekend price $109 per night
Average weekday price $114 per night
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10

Lovely clean vibrant city with lots to see & do.

July 3, 2022

Lovely clean vibrant city with lots to see & do. Lack of outdoor seating re Covid made it a bit uncomfortable whereas Bonn & Essen had ample outdoor seating in busy tourists spots despite Covid restrictions. Such a variety of worldwide cuisines to choose from - Vietnamese, Turkish, French, Italian, Brazilian,Indian etc.etc_- hadn't expected that. Brilliant easy to access train services. Beautiful Cathedral & churches. lovely walks. would definitely return to same spot !!

John
John Ireland
10

I've got limited walking ability at the moment but I saw...

June 29, 2022

I've got limited walking ability at the moment but I saw some of the key sites I wanted to see, the Cathedral, the Alt Market, some of the famous Brauhaus amongst them but there were more things I would have liked to do. I will certainly need to go back!

Martin
Martin United Kingdom
10

Cologne has lots of interesting architecture, wonderful...

June 20, 2022

Cologne has lots of interesting architecture, wonderful activities e.g. cable car, zoo, chocolate museum, boat trips, cathedral, Gestapo prison museum etc. It's a pricy city to visit so for me 3 days was enough. However, there was more to do and as a bonus it's all in walking distance. But the transport links are good enough across the city that that's not necessary if you prefer.

HD1994
HD1994 United Kingdom
10

Köln is simply amazing!

June 17, 2022

Köln is simply amazing! I went there for a concert but it's an incredible destination to visit for at least 4 days! the cathedral is astonishing, and there were other places I couldn't visit which I will definitely keep for my next visit, as I definitely intend to come back!

Jorge MD
Jorge MD Netherlands
10

It is a perfect location for a mini break.

June 4, 2022

It is a perfect location for a mini break. There are plenty of things to do. We went up the spire in the Dom. we had a great time at the chocolate museum with lots of freebie’s. Further up the river was a cable car over the Rhine where you could see views of the city. If you like the bar scene, there are plenty to try out. I would definitely recommend a trip here.

Suzanne
Suzanne United Kingdom
10

Try a few of the Brauhaus pubs, drink Kölsch beer and sample...

June 3, 2022

Try a few of the Brauhaus pubs, drink Kölsch beer and sample the local food. No need to book a tour, just look up on your device and head off. Get a bike - Cologne is a very bike friendly city and is flat. Get out to the 'green-belt' and circle through the parks, maybe call in to a beer garden (or two). Take a day out of the city (if you have time). Take the train from central station to Königswinter and ride the cog railway up to the Dragons Castle. Walk back down & have a meal / drinks in one of the riverfront bars. Get the KD line boat back to Cologne, which takes a leisurely 2 1/2 hours - marvellous.

Simon
Simon United Kingdom

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