Nestled on the western fringes of Germany is a beautiful German city! Bustling with life and character, there’s an incredibly diverse mix of things to do in Cologne that you won’t want to miss.
How To Get To Cologne
Cologne is a well-connected city and easily accessible by train, plane or car.
By train: You can travel from most cities via the train network across Europe.
By plane: Cologne has its own airport that’s a short train/taxi ride from the city centre and is one of Euro Wings hub airports.
River cruise/Boat: As Cologne hugs the shores of the River Rhine, there’s an opportunity to arrive at the city via river cruise or regional boats too.
Cologne is a really easy city to navigate, especially with its tram network and bus lines. Trams operate every few minutes in the day, making it a breeze – we also had our Cologne Card that offers free public transport in the city (and discounts at many of the cities main sites).
Best Things to do in Cologne
1.) Scale the heights of Cologne Cathedral
With over 500 steps, this can be a pretty steep climb but well worth it to scale the heights of one of Cologne’s most iconic UNESCO World Heritage sights. Take a bottle of water, a good pair of shoes and enjoy the views of the city.
2.) Have a drink in the Belgian District
The Belgian District is one of Cologne’s most vibrant places. Filled with an array of cool bars and delicious restaurants, it’s the perfect district to spend your evening in the city.
3.) Visit The Museums
Cologne is well known for its world-class museums, make sure to explore the many places, including the incredible Ludwig Museum that hosts work from Picasso and other world-class artists.
You can read more on visiting the museums of Cologne in our post, here.
4). Walk across the Hohenzollern Bridge
For a beautiful view of the city, walk across The Rhine River via Hohenzollern Bridge to the Rheinboulevard where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the glorious sunsets that Cologne has to offer.
5.) Gorge on kölsche cuisine
When in Cologne, make sure to stop for some traditional kölsche cuisine at Früh am Dom. The relaxed vibe of the place, delicious food and Kolsh beer is most definitely a reason to take a pit stop here.
6.) Explore the historic Old town
Cologne dates all the way back to the Roman period, which can only mean there’s a whole array of different architectural styles and histories to explore. One place you should definitely see is the old town, here you’ll find colourful houses, quaint shops and cobbled streets that are reminiscent of life many centuries ago.
7.) Visit Cologne’s youngest districts, Rheinauhafen
One of the cities newest districts, Rheinauhafen is the perfect place to discover the cities coolest new buildings, the Crane Houses. This once bustling port area has now been transformed into a creative hub and some pretty cool buildings thats one of the best things to do in Colgone when the sun begins to set. The views are gorgeous.