Cologne Travel Guide

Cologne is a city in Germany located in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia on the Rhine.

It is one of the most important commercial and cultural centers of West Germany.

Things to see and do in Cologne

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne CathedralCologne Cathedral

The Cologne Cathedral is located on the left bank of the Rhine. It is one of the symbols of the city with its Gothic architecture.

It is considered one of the oldest cathedrals in Europe.

Domkloster 4, 50667


Altstadt CologneAltstadt CologneAltstadt Cologne

In the old town of Cologne you will find many attractions such as the Kölner Rathaus.

In the area you will also find many galleries, boutiques, restaurants and cafés.


Kölner Rathaus

Kölner Rathaus

The Cologne City Hall (Kölner Rathaus) is Germany‘s oldest city hall.

The building has numerous architectural references.

Rathauspl. 2, 50667 

Romano-Germanic Museum

Romano-Germanic Museum

The Romano-Germanic Museum is an archaeological museum in Cologne. It has a large collection of Roman artifacts.

The museum is located close to the Cologne Cathedral.

Roncalliplatz 4, 50667

St. Gereon’s Basilica

St. Gereon's Basilica

The St. Gereon’s Basilica  is a Roman Catholic church.

The church has many medieval murals, mosaics and ancient relics.

Gereonshof 2, 50670

Botanical Garden

Botanical Garden

The Botanical Garden is located in Riehl, a district in the north of the city.

The garden dates back to 1863 and receives many visitors every year.

Am Botanischen Garten 1a, 50735 

Kölner Zoo

Kölner Zoo

The Kölner Zoo is located close to the Botanical Garden.

It was  established in 1860 and it is one of Germany‘s oldest zoos.

Riehler Str., 50735



The Rheinpark is located between the Mülheim and Deutz neighborhoods.

The park is home of the Cologne´s cable car (Kölner Seilbahn).

Rheinpark, 50679

Kölner Seilbahn

Kölner Seilbahn

The Kölner Seilbahn is a cable car offering stunning views of the city and the Rhine.

Riehler Str. 180, 50735



The Rheinauhafen is a complex along the Rhine river.

The district has many modern buildings, cafés, restaurantes and galleries.


Where to stay

Hyatt Regency

Hyatt Regency©Hyatt Regency

The Hyatt Regency Cologne is located in central Cologne and offers amazing views of the cathedral and Rhine.

It has 306 rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, coffee maker.


Kennedy-Ufer 2A, 50679

Cologne Marriott Hotel

Cologne Marriott Hotel©Cologne Marriott Hotel

The Cologne Marriott Hotel is located in central Cologne close to the Main Station.

It has 312 rooms equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, safe.


Johannisstrasse 76-80 North Rhine-Westphalia, 50668

Radisson Blu Hotel

Radisson Blu Hotel©Radisson Blu Hotel

The Radisson Blu Hotel Cologne is located in the Deutz neighborhood 2,2 km from cathedral.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, minibar, safe.


Messe Kreisel 3, 50679 

Shopping Streets

Cologne is one of the most popular cities in Germany for shopping.

The most popular shopping street is the Schildergasse as well as the Hohe Strasse which accommodates large department stores.

Exclusive shops are concentrated on the Mittelstrasse and Pfeilstrasse streets.

Malls and Department Stores

Rhein Center Köln

The Rhein Center Köln is located 9 km from the central area.

Brands: Apple, Armani, Bonitta, MAC, Mango, Michael Kors, Pandora, Saturn, Zara.

Aachener Str. 1253, 50858

City-Center Köln Chorweiler

The City Center Köln Chorweiler is located 15 km from the central area.

Brands: Tom Tailor, Douglas, New Yorker.

Mailänder Passage 1, 50765


Karstadt is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.

The company features brands like Cacharel, Clarins, Coach, Desigual, Estée Lauder.

Breite Str. 103-135, 50667

Galeria Kaufhof

Galeria Kaufhof is a German department store chain with many stores in Germany.

The company features brands like Esprit, S. Oliver, Tom Taylor, Gerry Weber, Tommy Hilfiger, Bugatti, Olymp.

Hohe Str. 41-53, 50667

Plan your Trip

Cologne has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Düsseldorf, Essen, Bonn, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Koblenz, Aachen.


Düsseldorf – 44 km

Essen – 77,8 km

Bonn – 28,9 km

Dortmund – 103 km

Frankfurt – 190 km

Koblenz – 114 km

Aachen – 86,2 km

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