Cologne and Düsseldorf are the two largest cities in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, and can be easily combined in one travel itinerary.

Cologne or Düsseldorf?

1. Cologne x Düsseldorf Overview

Cologne, a beautiful city in Germany known for its cathedralCologne – ©Glenn Carstens-Peters

Düsseldorf, the second largest city by population in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, GermanyDüsseldorf – ©Roman Bürki

Cologne is located on the banks of the Rhine and is known for its beautiful cathedral. It is the largest city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Düsseldorf is located in western Germany along the Rhine. It is the second largest city by population in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The city is known for its trendy stores and also for the beautiful Schloss Benrath.

2. Hotels

Hyatt Regency Köln©Hyatt Regency Köln

Hyatt Regency Düsseldorf©Hyatt Regency Düsseldorf

In Cologne the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 90 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 237.

And in Düsseldorf the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 76 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 300.

3. Shopping

Köln Arcaden©Köln Arcaden

Shopping area in DüsseldorfDüsseldorf – ©Andreas Heimann

Cologne offers excellent shopping possibilities. The main shopping streets include Schildergasse, Breite Straße and Ehrenstraße. You will also find the department store Galeria Kaufhof, and the Köln Arcaden mall is another great place for shopping.

Düsseldorf offers excellent shopping venues such as Galeria Kaufhof and Kö Shopping Mall. You will find the luxury brands in the elegant Königsallee.

4. Museums

Museum in CologneCologne

Museum in DüsseldorfDüsseldorf

Cologne has good museum options such as the Germanic Roman Museum and the Chocolate Museum.

Düsseldorf also offers excellent museum options such as the Kunstsammlung, the Goethe Museum, the Stadtmuseum and others.

5. Parks

Park in CologneCologne

Park in DüsseldorfDüsseldorf

Cologne offers extensive parks such as the Rheinpark, Volksgarten, Aachener Weiher and Grüngürtel.

Düsseldorf is home to beautiful gardens and parks like Hofgarten and Nord Park.

6. Day Trips

Bonn day trip from CologneBonn – ©Minerva Arendt

Eindhoven day trip from DüsseldorfEindhoven – ©Fonsi Fernández

From Cologne it is possible to visit the Burg-Eltz on a day trip, and destinations such as Düsseldorf, Bonn, Koblenz.

And from Düsseldorf it is possible to combine a day trip to destinations such as Cologne, Bonn and Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

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