Cologne

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

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

Probably the most popular tourist attraction in Cologneis the picturesque Old Town, which although being almost completely reduced torubble during World War II, was painstakingly rebuilt to retain its originalcharacter. The historical centre, where you’ll find the famed AlterMarkt (Old Market), has been painstakingly rebuilt according to itspre-war style, with its famous most famous building, CologneCathedral, receiving a particularly careful restoration. A moremodern attraction, but still one of the oldest examples in Germany, is theCologne Zoo.

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

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

It’s easy to get around in Colognethanks to the efficient and affordable public transport network, consisting oftrams, 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 thenorth side of the main train station.

Where to stay in Cologne

Koncept Hotel International
Koncept Hotel International
3 out of 5
Blaubach 13, Cologne
The price is €68 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Schnuetgen Museum and Hohe Strasse. Neumarkt and Cologne Kathe Kollwitz Museum are also within ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"Es gab Probleme beim Check-In aber der Kundenservice ist super freundlich und hat uns ganz einfach ein anderes Zimmer zugeteilt. Die Innenausstattung ist sehr modern und es wird auf nachhaltige Produkte, z.B. Klopapier wert gelegt. Wir hatten einen schönen Aufenthalt im Hotel und es ist auch sehr ..."

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2021

Koncept Hotel International
Steigenberger Hotel Köln
Steigenberger Hotel Köln
4.5 out of 5
Habsburgerring 9-13, Cologne, NW
The price is €95 per night from 31 Oct to 31 Oct
Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Neumarkt, Cologne Cathedral and City Hall. Alter Markt and Chocolate Museum are also within ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (969 reviews)
"Excellent service. Clean and in convenient location."

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021

Steigenberger Hotel Köln
URBAN LOFT Cologne
URBAN LOFT Cologne
4 out of 5
Eigelstein 41, Cologne
The price is €87 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
This family-friendly Cologne hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Musical Dome and Neumarkt. Cologne Zoo and Chocolate Museum ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (21 reviews)
"Great location, staff very friendly and happy to help. Basic room was simple but perfectly comfortable."

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2021

URBAN LOFT Cologne
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
The price is €50 per night from 21 Nov to 21 Nov
Located in Innenstadt, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Cologne Synagogue, Volkstheater Millowitsch and Museum of East Asian Art. University ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Ich habe lediglich für eine Nacht in der Unterkunft übernachtet. Mir hat es gut gefallen. Einfach, aber zweckmäßig. Unschlagbar gute Lage. Die Innenstadt ist fußläufig gut zu erreichen. Ich würde die Unterkunft erneut buchen."

Reviewed on 20 Jan 2020

Ferienwohnung Bankwitz
Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
Aparthotel Adagio Köln City
Blaubach 3, Cologne, NW
The price is €76 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in Innenstadt, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hohe Strasse, Schildergasse, and Schnuetgen Museum. Haymarket and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (902 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
Shivas City Aparthotel
Shivas City Aparthotel
2.5 out of 5
Geldernstraße 22 A, Cologne
The price is €65 per night from 28 Oct to 28 Oct
Located in Nippes, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Colonius and MediaPark. Stadtgarten and Friesenplatz are also within 2 miles (3 km). Köln Nippes ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (3 reviews)
In Ordnung
"Es war etwas gewönungsbedürftig mit den schwarz gestrichenen Wänden. Das macht das Zimmer sehr dunkel. Eine frischere Farbe wäre angenehmer. Die Dusche und das Bett waren etwas kaputt. Ansonsten war die Unterkunft in Ordnung. Angesichts des niedrigen Preises kann man also eigentlich nicht ..."

Reviewed on 4 Aug 2021

Shivas City Aparthotel
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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