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CologneGermany

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.

Top hotels in Cologne

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Steigenberger Hotel Köln
Steigenberger Hotel Köln
4.5 out of 5
Habsburgerring 9-13, Cologne, NW
The price is NZ$133 per night from 2 Oct. to 3 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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (965 reviews)

"I had a short stay in the hotel in August 2019 so when planning my extended 2020 trip to Koln I took advantage of a very good price for 14 nights. The staff, even at the moment, were all helpful and attentive. Around Rudolfplatz is a great area with Aachener Strasse a special treat with a wide selection ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug. 2020

Steigenberger Hotel Köln
Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln
Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln
5 out of 5
Pipinstrasse 1, Cologne, NW
The price is NZ$177 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.

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 Great St. ...

4.2/5Excellent! (977 reviews)

"Nice, friendly staff, great location. Only slight issue was my room being really hot, despite setting the thermostat to the coolest setting..."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jan. 2020

Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln
Hyatt Regency Cologne
Hyatt Regency Cologne
5 out of 5
Kennedy-Ufer 2a, Cologne, NW
The price is NZ$278 per night from 24 Sep. to 25 Sep.

Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cologne Triangle Panorama and Musical Dome. LANXESS Arena and Museum Ludwig are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (975 reviews)

"Great view. Convenient location. Nice hotel and great breakfast buffet."…"

Reviewed on 14 Jan. 2020

Hyatt Regency Cologne

Popular places to visit in Cologne

Cologne Cathedral
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Cologne Cathedral

4.5/5(24 reviews)

This UNESCO world heritage site is one of the largest churches in the world, featuring great art and architecture.

Cologne Zoo
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Cologne Zoo

3/5(2 reviews)

Come to Cologne’s zoo to see rare species, birds, fish and lovely surroundings.

Chocolate Museum
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Chocolate Museum

4/5(2 reviews)

Delve into the delectable history of chocolate and sample the confectionary as you find out about the different ways that it is produced around the world.

Top activities in Cologne

KölnCard - City Pass
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KölnCard - City Pass

NZ$16
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
Cologne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine River
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Cologne Panoramic Sightseeing Cruise on the Rhine River

NZ$21
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Hard Rock Cafe Cologne Dining with Priority Seating
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Hard Rock Cafe Cologne Dining with Priority Seating

NZ$37
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend
City Discovery Game: Cologne's charming alleys and dwarfs
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City Discovery Game: Cologne's charming alleys and dwarfs

NZ$57
Per adult
Siebengebirge Cruise to Königswinter
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Siebengebirge Cruise to Königswinter

NZ$71
Per adult
80% of travellers recommend
Superior Private Transfer from Cologne City to Dortmund City
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Superior Private Transfer from Cologne City to Dortmund City

NZ$94
Per adult

Reviews of Cologne

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Verified traveller

16 Feb. 2020

Great place to visit. We spent 2 nights over NYE so was a bit quiet.

4/5 - Good

CraigM

10 Oct. 2019

Highlights: Cologne Cathedral & Hohenzollern (railway/love-lock) Bridge - go across the other-side of the Rhine River and wait for sunset! :)

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Apr. 2019

Great city. Recommend a visit to the Dom, 4711 and a Rhine day cruise and Afternoon tea at Cafe Reichard.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar. 2019

Lovely city. A tour of the cathedral is a must.

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