Hamburg and Cologne are among the 10 Largest Cities in Germany. Hamburg occupies the second place with 1,686,100 inhabitants while Cologne with 1,060,582 inhabitants occupies the fourth place.

Hamburg or Cologne?

1. Hamburg x Cologne Overview

Hamburg the second largest city in GermanyHamburg – ©Yan Ots

Cologne the fourth largest city in GermanyCologne – ©Mika Baumeister

Hamburg is located in northern Germany, is known for its port area, the Port of Hamburg. It is also an important cultural and commercial center in Europe.

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.

2. Hotels

Le Méridien Hamburg©Le Méridien Hamburg

Hyatt Regency Köln©Hyatt Regency Köln

In Hamburg the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 100 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 196.

And 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.

3. Shopping

Alsterhaus, department store in Hamburg©Alsterhaus

Shopping area in CologneCologne

Hamburg has department stores and shopping malls such as the Alsterhaus, Levantehaus and Hamburger Meile. And at Neuer Wall you will find the luxury stores.

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.

4. Museums

Museum in HamburgHamburg

Museum in CologneCologne

In Hamburg there are excellent museums such as the Miniatur Wunderland, the Hamburg Museum, the Chocolate Museum (CHOCOVERSUM) and others.

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

5. Parks

Beautiful Park in HamburgHamburg

Beautiful Park in CologneCologne

Hamburg offers several possibilities for outdoor activities around the lake and also green spaces like the Planten un Blomen and the Stadtpark.

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

6. Day Trips

Lübeck, a charming city in northern GermanyLübeck, Germany

Burg Eltz, one of the most beautiful castles in GermanyBurg Eltz, Germany

From Hamburg you can visit beautiful destinations like Lübeck, Schwerin, Kiel, Lüneburg on a day trip.

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

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See also

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