Cologne

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

Cologne is not only a popular tourist destination but also a centre for media and businesses. The city is famous for, Eau de Cologne, a type of fragrance now used the world over, which was first produced here in 1709. The city is also well known to be one of the most liberal cities in Germany.

Probably the most popular tourist attraction in Cologne is the picturesque Old Town, which although being almost completely reduced to rubble during World War II, was painstakingly rebuilt to retain its original character. The historical centre, where you’ll find the famed Alter Markt (Old Market), has been painstakingly rebuilt according to its pre-war style, with its famous most famous building, Cologne Cathedral, receiving a particularly careful restoration. A more modern attraction, but still one of the oldest examples in Germany, is the Cologne Zoo.

Cologne has become a major cultural centre known for its carnival, celebrated in February. Throughout the year there is plenty to do in the city thanks to the lively art scene, countless galleries and over 30 museums and galleries. The Schnütgen Museum has an extensive collection of medieval art, housed in a Romanesque church from the 11th century. The Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Arts) is home to thousands of design objects, from a chair by Mies van der Rohe to a simple retro vacuum cleaner.

If you want to practice German, then Cologne is the ideal place. The local population is known for its hospitality. Many people speak English, especially young people, and there are plenty of guided tours in English.

It’s easy to get around in Cologne thanks to the efficient and affordable public transport network, consisting of trams, buses and trains and the ticket machines have an option for English. Another great way to explore the city is by bike, which can be rented on the north side of the main train station.

Where to stay in Cologne

URBAN LOFT Cologne
URBAN LOFT Cologne
4 out of 5
Eigelstein 41, Cologne, 50668
The price is £75 per night from 22 Jun to 23 Jun
Stay at this family-friendly hotel in Cologne. Enjoy free WiFi, a rooftop terrace and breakfast. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (149 reviews)
"The inviting lobby , every night we sat and had a drink before heading to the room it was very nice and comfortable atmosphere !"

Reviewed on 1 May 2022

URBAN LOFT Cologne
Steigenberger Hotel Köln
Steigenberger Hotel Köln
4.5 out of 5
Habsburgerring 9-13, Cologne, NW, 50674
Fully refundable
The price is £95 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Cologne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (960 reviews)
"Good location. Well presented. Was whatI was expecting"

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Steigenberger Hotel Köln
Maritim Hotel Köln
Maritim Hotel Köln
4 out of 5
Heumarkt 20, Cologne, NW, 50667
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £96 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this 4-star spa hotel in Cologne. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (973 reviews)
"This is the best hotel and staff in Germany. 7th visit and still great"

Reviewed on 1 May 2022

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.
Ferienwohnung Bankwitz
Ferienwohnung Bankwitz
2.5 out of 5
Dasselstraße 26, Cologne, 50674
The price is £47 per night from 5 Jun to 6 Jun
Stay at this apartment in Cologne. Enjoy free WiFi, a TV and a kitchen. Popular attractions Cologne Cathedral and Neumarkt are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
4/5 Very Good! (5 reviews)
"Very disappointing and dirty"

Reviewed on 9 May 2022

Ferienwohnung Bankwitz
Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
Blaubach 3, Cologne, NW, 50676
The price is £106 per night from 26 Jun to 27 Jun
Stay at this business-friendly aparthotel in Cologne. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and a fitness centre. Our guests praise the breakfast and the comfy rooms in ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (905 reviews)
Perfect Hotel With a Small Flaw
"Great hotel! Or should I say Aparthotel S its properly called. Upon arrival my family and I was shocked, in a good way! We couldn't believe that we've practically gotten an entire mini apartment for ourselves, kitchen and all. Considering the price, we didnt expect sk much but were happily overwhelmed. ..."

Reviewed on 1 Jul 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
JOYN Cologne - Serviced Apartments
JOYN Cologne - Serviced Apartments
2.5 out of 5
Venloer Straße 241-245, Cologne, 50823
The price is £184 per night from 6 Jun to 7 Jun
Stay at this aparthotel in Cologne. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Cologne Cathedral and Neumarkt are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Comfortable stay in Cologne
"Joyn Cologne is situated in very lively district of Cologne. Near to S and U bahn stations. The street has every amenities that you might need, several supermarkets, restaurants The building itself has a cold 70´s feeling but inside of the rooms are nicely refurbished with modern design, including ..."

Reviewed on 19 May 2022

JOYN Cologne - Serviced Apartments
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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