The romantic German city of Cologne is full of incredible architecture, lively beer gardens and fantastic museums. Bisected by the beautiful Rhine River, see the city by boat, or take the lift to the top of the KolnTriangle with its breathtaking 360-degree panoramic viewing terrace. From here you'll get a great view of the Hohenzollern Bridge bedecked with love locks, and the Kölner Dom, a magnificently ornate Gothic cathedral with soaring twin spires. Head inside to appreciate its sky-high vaulted ceilings and the golden Shrine of the Three Kings. A sunny day is a perfect excuse to stroll through the Botanical Gardens Flora where you can enjoy a picnic lunch, or head to the beer garden in the Grüngürtel Park. Make sure you stroll back to one of our hotels in Cologne through the historic old town, with its cobbled squares and gingerbread style buildings, lending Cologne its signature charm!
Food & Drink:
Cologne's claim to fame is its local beer, kölsch, a hoppy, pale ale served in a tall drinking glass. Order one at one of the city's many beer gardens or pubs along with a plate of Hämmche, pork knuckle with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, or a half-metre long bratwurst loaded up with fried onions and mustard. In the afternoon, don't forget to partake in the local tradition kaffee und kuchen (coffee and cake), with a thick slice of black forest or strawberry cake.
Off the Beaten Track:
For a taste of local life, head to the Belgian Quarter, the centre of which is Brüsseler Platz packed with terrace cafés and pretty architecture. Spend an afternoon shopping in offbeat boutiques and stick around for the vibrant nightlife.
Our hotels in Cologne are located all around the city, so choose your favourite area and start planning your journey to Germany!