Hotels in Cologne
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Mondial Am Dom Cologne Mgallery
Cologne 82 yd from city centre
The 4-star superior Hotel Mondial am Dom Cologne MGallery offers stylish rooms with on-site parking and spa facilities in...
Am Museum Köln
Cologne 124 yd from city centre
Elegant rooms with flat-screen TVs and views of Cologne Cathedral are offered at this central hotel, a 5-minute walk from...
Cityclass Hotel Europa Am Dom
Cologne 132 yd from city centre
This hotel in central Cologne offers stylish, air-conditioned rooms. Hotel Europa am Dom is 150 metres from Cologne Cathedral...
Cologne 151 yd from city centre
Hotel Drei Kronen is located in the centre of Cologne, near the Philharmonie concert hall, River Rhine and Cologne Cathedral....
Prevôt Restaurant &
Cologne 151 yd from city centre
Conveniently situated in Cologne, Prevôt Restaurant & Hotel provides air-conditioned rooms, a restaurant, free WiFi and...
An Der Philharmonie
Cologne 163 yd from city centre
Cologne Airport (CGN): Approximate driving time is 15 minutes and distance is 16 kilometres (10 miles). Taxis are available...
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With just over a million residents, Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany. It is located near the western edge of the country.
Situated on a gentle bend in the Rhine, there was a settlement here back in prehistoric times. It become an important Roman city and Charlemagne raised Cologne to the status of an archbishopric. In time it became known as the Rome of the North. Cologne developed as a centre of trade as part of the Hanseatic League and pride in its past was the driving force behind its remarkable recovery following the destruction of the Second World War.
Most of Cologne's main tourist attractions are in the historic centre and so the most expensive hotels are in this area. However, unlike many other cities, there are many cheaper options both in the centre and the surrounding area.
Neighbourhoods of Cologne
Cologne is divided into nine boroughs. Innenstadt is the central district and most of the main sights are situated here. To the west is Lindenthal, the home of the world renowned University of Cologne. To the north west is Ehrenfeld, with its theatres, art galleries, boutiques, cafes and bars. Directly north of the centre is Nippes, which was traditionally the working-class neighbourhood, but is now a diverse area with a daily market and trendy boutiques. To the north east is Mulheim, which is the heart of Cologne’s Turkish community. To the south is Rodenkirchen with its parks and impressive suspension bridge.
What to see and do in Cologne
Cologne has many famous attractions:
- Cologne Cathedral: The Kolner Dom is Cologne’s most popular tourist attraction. A stunning example of gothic architecture, visitors can climb up to the top of the south spire for a breath-taking view of the city. Access is free.
- Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum: This museum is dedicated to chocolate. Visitors can find out about the history of chocolate and the current means of production.
- Museum Ludwig: This gallery is dedicated to modern art and houses works by Picasso, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
- Romano-Germanic Museum: This is an archaeological museum, dedicated to the Romans in Cologne. Many artefacts are on display, including an original mosaic.
- Wallraf-Richartz Museum: This museum displays an impressive collection of art dating back to the medieval period. The paintings have full explanations in German and English. Guided tours are also available.
What to eat in Cologne
For a mid-morning snack, try a cheese bun or halve hahn. For the main course, the more adventurous can eat sauerbraten, which is raw horsemeat, marinated and served in a sweet sauce with potatoes and sauerkraut. Alternatively, there is schnitzel, a thin slice of meat, fried and covered in breadcrumbs. For dessert, there is apple strudel, a pastry filled with apple, sugar and nuts. To drink, there is kolsch a local beer, served in small glasses.
Typical events and festivals in Cologne
Cologne has a number of popular annual events. Hundreds of thousands of tourists and local residents stay up to welcome in the New Year in Cologne and witness the fireworks over the Rhine. The week of Shrove Tuesday sees the Cologne Carnival with numerous street parties and the suspension of closing hours for bars and pubs. In late August, gamers descent on Cologne to take part in Gamescom the world’s largest computer games trade show. In early October the Cologne Marathon starts and finishes at the trade fair site and thousands of spectators line the streets. From late November until 23 December, Cologne is taken over by a number of different Christmas markets.
How to move around in Cologne
Most of Cologne's attractions can be visited on foot. Alternatively, visitors can easily hire a bike and take advantage of the outstanding bicycle lanes. Cologne has an excellent public transport system, with an integrated tram and underground railway system, which has trains stopping at both underground and street level stations. The same ticket can be used on trams, buses and suburban railways.
The climate in Cologne
Cologne has a temperate climate with warm summers and cool winters. Temperatures of about 20 degrees Celsius can be expected in July and August, whilst the thermometer will occasionally dip into negative figures during the winter months. Rainfall peaks in the summer months, due to heavy showers and occasional thunderstorms.
More interesting facts about and sights in Cologne
In Cologne’s Rheinpark, children of a certain age, in defiance of both Peter Pan and Linus, will deposit their old comforter on a designated Comforter Tree, to signify that they no longer need it.