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Travel Guide

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

Dorint An der Messe Köln
Dorint An der Messe Köln
4.5 out of 5
Deutz-Muelheimer-Str. 22 - 24, Cologne, NW
The price is £84 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cologne Triangle Panorama, LANXESS Arena and Cologne Trade Fair Grounds. Claudius Therme ...

4.3/5Excellent! (997 reviews)

"Expedia posts under car parking, that a few places are available. The hotel states, that no own parking spaces are available and that a public parking, which is connected to the hotel basement, is available only at a cost of 25 EUR per day. The description by Expedia is wrong and misleading."…"

Reviewed on 1 Aug 2020

Dorint An der Messe Köln
Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln
Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln
5 out of 5
Pipinstrasse 1, Cologne, NW
The price is £84 per night from 18 Apr to 19 Apr

Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Alter Markt and City Hall. Romano-Germanic Museum and Cologne ...

4.2/5Excellent! (991 reviews)

"First of all I want to thank the hotel for being open during corona and for doing a great job under these unprecedented circumstances. The hotel is located in an excellent location close to everything and literally just a 10 minute walk to the cathedral which is absolutely amazing and a must see. ..."…"

Reviewed on 31 Jan 2021

Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln
4 out of 5
Vogelsanger Straße 282 B, Cologne
The price is £90 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr

This family-friendly Cologne hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 2 mi (3 km) of Cologne Carnival Museum, Stadtgarten and Museum of East Asian ...

3.9/5Good! (146 reviews)
A Nice Place

"Check-in was easy breezy and with a smile. People are friendly as usual. The building is undergoing some renovation during daytime hours only, and to make things nicer for us, so I will not critique anything negatively. Happy experience!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep 2020

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.
Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
Blaubach 3, Cologne, NW
The price is £62 per night from 2 May to 3 May

Located in Innenstadt, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hohe Strasse and Neumarkt. Cologne Cathedral and Alter Markt are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (895 reviews)

"Fabulous!!!! Great room. Good location close to Cathedral. Clean. My cuadruple room has 2 rooms, 4 beds and a kitchenette. Very nice team. Stay here without a doubt!!!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Aug 2020

Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
Gleuel Inn Apartments
Gleuel Inn Apartments
3 out of 5
Innungstraße 31, Huerth
The price is £67 per night from 14 Apr to 15 Apr

Located in Rhein-Erft-Kreis, this apartment building is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Castle Park Gleuel and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Keramion Museum. University of Cologne ...

4.4/5Excellent! (65 reviews)

"Beautiful Apartment in Gleuel, a bit far from Koln but quiet and the town is really nice"…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2019

Gleuel Inn Apartments
City Apartment am Dom
City Apartment am Dom
3 out of 5
Komödienstraße 11, Cologne
The price is £65 per night from 21 Apr to 22 Apr

Located in Innenstadt, this apartment building is steps away from Hohe Strasse and Cologne Cathedral. Museum Ludwig and Musical Dome are also within 10 minutes. ...

2/5 (1 review)

"Nicht sehr sauber weniger als eine halbe Rolle Toilettenpapier Vorhänge zu klein TV funktioniert manchmal nicht Bad / WC-Tür kann nicht verriegelt werden Ein wirklich heruntergekommener Raum und deshalb überteuert Ich werde sicherlich nicht dorthin zurückkehren und kann niemandem raten, dieses apartment ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Sep 2020

City Apartment am Dom
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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Reviews of Cologne


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5/5 - Excellent

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4 Mar 2020

I love the city. It is clean and quiet and people are friendly

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Feb 2020

I recommend visiting Sumibar, it really is the best sushi I have ever tried. Lommerz grim was also a good place to visit for traditional bier and food with a nice atmosphere.

4/5 - Good


14 Feb 2020

The Claudia therme spa is a great little place to go!

4/5 - Good

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7 Feb 2020

Go to the Latin quarter

5/5 - Excellent

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3 Feb 2020

Great place for a weekend break. Plenty of good restaurants, many good Brahaus with excellent traditional food and off course the famous Kolsch.

4/5 - Good

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27 Jan 2020

Cologne great city to explore with great shops. C&A has a 5 story store with good clothes. We don't have C&A in UK anymore.

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