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Cologne

Cologne is well known for its wide range of scenic and cultural sights. Ready to get going? Expedia is here to help.

The national capital of Berlin is located 290 miles northeast of Cologne, while Leverkusen is 6 miles to the north.

Phantasialand and the MMC Studios are wonderful places to spend some quality time with the kids. Terrassen-Freibad and Lentpark are also worth visiting if the little ones still have energy to burn.

If you're into native and exotic animals, put the Cologne Zoo on your trip list. Be sure to ask at the entrance about zookeeper presentations and where to find the zoo's more unusual specimens.

At the Japanischer Garten, visitors are able to see a range of native and exotic plants and floral displays.

When the sun is shining, pack some lunch and find a quiet corner at one of the scenic green spaces, such as Forstbotanischer Garten Koln and Carl-Duisberg-Park. You'll also find plenty of room to lay about on the grass at Turnicher Castle Park and Volksgarten.

Hoping to spend some time among nature? Flittarder Rheinaue awaits.

See the world from a new perspective with a visit to one of the area's educational exhibition spaces. The Chocolate Museum and the Keramion Museum offer a range of collections that are sure to capture your attention. Equally rewarding are the Cologne Carnival Museum and the Adolph Kolping Museum.

You don't have to be Stephen Hawking to enjoy the scientific artifacts and models showing at the Odysseum.

The natural world is revealed in all its glory at the Romano-Germanic Museum and the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum. Lose yourself among their fascinating collections as your imagination glides off into exotic, unfamiliar worlds.

A hub for art lovers, this area is home to various gallery spaces in which amateur and professional artists regularly display their work. Start your explorations of this creative enclave with a visit to the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and the Museum Ludwig. Afterwards, if you still have some energy left in the tank, finish up your afternoon at the Museum of Applied Art and the Museum of East Asian Art.

Go back to days gone by and uncover mysteries of yesteryear at the Cologne City Museum or the Bergisches freilichtmuseum Lindlar. The Kölnisches Stadtmuseum and the Goldene Kammer are also prominent choices.

City Hall and the Cologne Triangle Panorama are certainly worth looking into, even if you're not that into history. When it comes to bygone times, there's always more to discover. The National Socialist Documentation Center and Melaten-Friedhof are also great places to check out.

The striking forts and other defense structures at Cologne Fort Museum are an enduring reminder of Cologne's past conflicts.

The grand manors and palaces of the region are always popular with visitors. Admire the furnishings and take some time in the lawns and gardens at Augustusburg Castle, Schloss Bruehl and Brühl Palaces.

Step into a fairytale as you visit a few of the area's castles. Even after all this time has passed, Castle Park Gleuel, Falkenlust Castle and Palaces Augustusburg and Falkenlust somehow maintain their magical atmosphere.

Learn a little about the region's spiritual side and enjoy the serene atmosphere at Cologne Cathedral and Great St. Martin Church. The Cologne Synagogue and St Maria im Kapitol are also popular religious sites.

Cologne's most prominent tourist sights often overshadow its less visited, but equally rewarding activities. Hohenzollern Bridge and Claudius Therme could be up your alley. Also, contemplate seeing the Cologne Cable Car and Rheinau Harbour if your schedule allows.


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Senats Hotel

Senats Hotel

Unter Goldschmied 9-17, Cologne
3.9
of 5, from 651 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt-Nord, this hotel is steps away from Praetorium, Romano-Germanic Museum and City Hall. Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Alter Markt are also within 5 minutes.

£80
Lindner Hotel Dom Residence

Lindner Hotel Dom Residence

Stolkgasse/ An den Dominikanern 4a, Cologne
4.3
of 5, from 1,301 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt-Nord, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cologne Cathedral and Romano-Germanic Museum. City Hall and Alter Markt are also within 15 minutes.

KNM MS Switzerland II - Cologne

KNM MS Switzerland II - Cologne

Am Schokoladenmuseum 1A, Holzwerft, Cologne
3.6
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt-Sued, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Haymarket, Great St. Martin Church and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. Alter Markt and City Hall are also within 10 minutes.

£133
Hyatt Regency Cologne

Hyatt Regency Cologne

Kennedy-Ufer 2a, Cologne
4.5
of 5, from 776 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Cologne hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Cologne Trade Fair Grounds, Great St. Martin Church and Romano-Germanic Museum. City Hall and Alter Markt are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£52
Günnewig Kommerz Hotel by Centro

Günnewig Kommerz Hotel by Centro

Johannisstraße 30-34, Cologne
3.9
of 5, from 208 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt-Nord, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musical Dome, Cologne Cathedral and Romano-Germanic Museum. Great St. Martin Church and City Hall are also within 15 minutes.

£56
Hotel Cristall

Hotel Cristall

Ursulaplatz 9-11, Cologne
3.9
of 5, from 2,057 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt-Nord, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cologne Cathedral and Romano-Germanic Museum. City Hall and Alter Markt are also within 15 minutes.

£74
Holiday Inn Express Cologne - City Centre

Holiday Inn Express Cologne - City Centre

Perlengraben 2, Cologne
4.2
of 5, from 13 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt-Sued, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Schnuetgen Museum, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and City Hall. Alter Markt and Great St. Martin Church are also within 1 mile (2 km).

£87
Steigenberger Hotel Köln

Steigenberger Hotel Köln

Habsburgerring 9-13, Cologne
4.3
of 5, from 314 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Neumarkt, City Hall and Cologne Cathedral. Alter Markt and Chocolate Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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