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Cologne

This charming city has so much to offer for visitors of all ages.

Cologne has grown up on the banks of the River Rhine as a key trading hub. From its early days as a Roman military outpost, through its medieval heyday, when it was the largest city in Germany, through the industrialisation of the surrounding area and two Wold Wars, this city has remained strong, pioneering and welcoming. The city’s successful history makes it an architectural wonderland, with medieval houses standing next to towering office blocks, and everything in between.

The heart of Cologne is its Old Town (Altstadt), on the west bank of the Rhine. This is where the city began, over two thousand years ago, and it retains a central role in the life of the city. Unlike many cities that were heavily bombed in the Second World War, Cologne’s residents opted to restore the historic centre in its picturesque style, rather than creating a modern space. This loving attention to detail and careful preservation are best appreciated in the Alter Markt (Old Market), which is lined with cafés and features outdoor music performances in the summer and a world-famous Christmas Market in winter.

The unmissable symbol of Cologne is Cologne Cathedral – a Gothic masterpiece whose spire can be seen from anywhere in the city. Climb it for stunning panoramas across Cologne. To truly appreciate the cathedral (without straining your neck), take a stroll across the Rhine on the Hohenzollern Bridge, one of the world’s busiest railway bridges that links the two halves of the city.

Cologne has attracted artists and artisans for centuries, thanks to its position on trade routes, its wealth, and the museums in the city reflect the skills that have been perfected here. Discover the art and design of everyday objects at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (Museum of Applied Art), where everything from delicate porcelain to early vacuum cleaners is on show. Iconic household items, like a Mies van der Rohe chair show how function and form come together. Religious art takes centre stage at Museum Schnütgen, a quiet museum housed in a church.

Families will love a visit to Cologne Zoo, where they can meet elephants, owls and everything in between. The on-site aquarium adds another element to your trip, and most exhibits are indoors, so you never have to worry about the weather!

Cologne is a friendly place to visit, and has an excellent public transport system, making it easy to find your way around.


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$104
Hotel Cristall

Hotel Cristall

Ursulaplatz 9-11, Cologne
3.9
of 5, from 860 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Modern hotel situated in Cologne's city center, near the Dom Cathedral, Old Town, Central Station and Rhine.

$115
Lindner Hotel Dom Residence

Lindner Hotel Dom Residence

Stolkgasse/ An den Dominikanern 4a, Cologne
4.3
of 5, from 499 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Cologne hotel is within a half-kilometer (about 0.3 mi) of the Cologne Cathedral, Old Town, the National Socialist Document Center, and the Museum Ludwig. The River Rhine is 1 km away.

$157
Steigenberger Hotel Köln

Steigenberger Hotel Köln

Habsburgerring 9-13, Cologne
4.2
of 5, from 105 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).

$123
Holiday Inn Express Cologne - City Centre

Holiday Inn Express Cologne - City Centre

Perlengraben 2, Cologne
4.3
of 5, from 9 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

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

$72
Premiere Classe Koeln-West

Premiere Classe Koeln-West

Max-Planck-Straße 46, Cologne
4.1
of 5, from 109 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Junkersdorf, this hotel is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Keramion Museum and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Rhein Energie Stadium. Castle Park Gleuel and Terrassen-Freibad are also within 3 mi (5 km).

KNM MS Switzerland II - Cologne

KNM MS Switzerland II - Cologne

Am Schokoladenmuseum 1A, Holzwerft, Cologne
3.8
of 5, from 4 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.

$137
Lindner Hotel City Plaza

Lindner Hotel City Plaza

Magnusstr. 20, Cologne
4.2
of 5, from 274 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Lindner Hotel City Plaza is in Friesenviertel, a buzzing center of nightlife on the edge of the Old Town. Guests can walk to the cathedral, Kölner Dom, in 15 minutes and explore Cologne from the water with a cruise along the River Rhine. Friesenplatz Metro Station is a 2-minute walk from the hotel.

$105
Senats Hotel

Senats Hotel

Unter Goldschmied 9-17, Cologne
3.8
of 5, from 218 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

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