Germany’s fourth biggest city is one of the most festive and fun-living towns of the whole country. People from Cologne are well known for their cheerful nature, mainly because of the legendary annual carnival. Furthermore, the cathedral city on the Rhine can look back at a history of more than 2,000 years of which many buildings still tell the story. Contrary to the history, Cologne is a very modern and young city. Thanks to a big media industry, Cologne is one of Germanys leading media cities and host of a variety of important international fairs (for example, the gamescom and the anuga).
Culture and objects of interest
Behind the Münster in Ulm, the Cologne Cathedral is the second highest church building in Europe at 157.28 meters tall. The sight from the top is amazing and offers a view over the whole city of Cologne. In 1996, the cathedral was awarded with the UNESCO World Heritage status. Additionally, many interesting museums are located in Cologne. The Römisch-Germanischen Museum and the legendary Chocolate Museum are always worth a trip — the latter not only for chocolate lovers. Cologne is also one of the leading centers of the worldwide art trade and exhibit a lot of possibilities for art lovers (for example the Kunstmuseum Ludwig, the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum or the Museum für angewandte Kunst). Due to the close proximity to the Rhine, the weather is mostly pleasant in Cologne. A relaxing boat trip on a beautiful day is highly recommended.
Cologne exhibits several upscale five stars hotels. The Excelsior Hotel Ernst and the Hilton Cologne are particularly worthy of mention. Not only do both of them impress with excellent and luxurious furnishing, but also because of the central location close to the cathedral and the downtown area. The very modern Radisson Blu Hotel is convenient for fair visitors thanks to its close location to the fair area.
Other recommended hotels in Cologne:
- Best Western Premier Park Consul
- Koeln Marriott Hotel
- Savoy Hotel
- Dom Hotel a Le Meridien Hotel
- Hyatt Regency Koeln
- Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln
- Hotel Im Wasserturm
Typical for the Rhineland cuisine is a combination of sweet and salty dishes. “Rheinischer Sauerbraten” or “Reibekuchen” are typical meals from that area. People in Cologne love to go out at night for having a beer at one of the countless “kölschen” breweries. At the Osman30, which is located at the 30th floor of the Kölnturm, guests can not only enjoy the culinary delights from the mediterranean menu, but also a wonderful sight over the downtown area of Cologne. Modern and clean lines create a stylish ambience. The two star restaurant La Vision in the Hotel im Wasserturm offers supreme culinary delicacies in a classy ambience.
Other recommended gourmet restaurants in Cologne:
- La Vision
- Le Moissonnier
Cologne exhibits a variety of nightlife activities. One of the city’s highlights is the Carnival of Cologne, who officially starts every year at the 11th of November at 11:11 a.m. and reaches its peak in February and March with several parades. Visitors can enjoy the frolic atmosphere of the celebrating people. During the rest of the year, some stylish locations offer a variety of nice possibilities for a night out. In the Sky Lounge of the Savoy Hotel, you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the city and the cathedral and grab a drink and some food in one of the comfortable beach chairs. For celebrating and dancing, sometimes even with celebrities, the club Diamonds is highly recommended.
The most popular shopping area is located in the Schildergasse and in the Hohe Straße. In particular, luxurious stores can be found in the Mittelstraße, where a special shopping highlight is located: the fashion boutique Apropos Cöln exhibits in over 2,500 square meters fashion, accessories and beauty products of international top brands.
If you don’t want to depend on public transportation or taxis, agencies like Edel&Stark can offer upscale cars.
Cologne has a very good infrastructure. The international airport of Cologne is not far away. The city can also be reached very easily by train or car.