Cologne is Germany’s fourth largest city, located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, near Maastricht. It’s known for its giant shopping arcades, squares and traditional pubs serving hearty Cologne specialities like pork knuckle and Kolshe beer. It’s also a city with great architecture, but none of it is quite so imposing or striking that the cathedral which rises high above the city skyline.
Altstadt is by far the best known and most popular district of Cologne and is home to several attractions that you won’t want to miss. In addition to the towering Cologne Cathedral, with towers of nearly 160 meters high, it’s also famous for the Alter Markt, where the famous Christmas market takes place during the festive season.
The hotel supply in the old city is huge and covers all hotel ratings, from one to five star. If you’re running on a budget, why not grab a room in a cosy hostel with its own restaurant? Or if you’re looking for a little luxury then find yourself a romantic five star hotel under the spires of the great cathedral.
Deutz is located in the east of Cologne and offers wonderful views of the river and the old town. Popular attractions here include the Hohenzollernbrücke, a grand old rail bridge that stands at 409 meters long with a width of 29 meters. It’s in Deutz that you’ll also find Germany's largest venue in the Lanxess Arena.
There are plenty of luxurious four star hotels with contemporary decor and spacious, comfortable beds t be found in Deutz. Or if that’s not quite good enough, then there are always the exclusive five star options, most of which come with a large pool. Looking for a cheaper alternative? Consider a stay in a large-scale youth hostel or a two-star hotel with rooftop terrace.
The Neustadt area surrounds the old city and it has a number of attractions, including the Belgisches Viertel (Belgium Quarter). Here you’ll find unique shops, trendy restaurants and hip nightspots, along with streets named after famed areas of Belgium.
The hotel supply in Neustadt is pretty good, offering two, three and four star accommodation. So whatever your budget, whether you’re looking for cheap and cheerful or a luxury break, Nuestadt in Cologne can deliver.
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