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It is said that natives of Cologne who are living elsewhere always feel homesick, and visitors to this beautiful city will soon understand why. Germany’s oldest metropolis, which, of course, gave its name to the Eau de Cologne, offers a mix of magnificent and romantic churches, cutting-edge modern architecture, busy shopping streets, and world-famous museums. There is much to do and see in Cologne, and with all the frequent flights and transportation options, getting here has never been easier.

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Cologne Zoo

Cologne Zoo houses more than 750 different species from all over the world, making it a popular excursion destination for families and animal lovers. Some of the animals you can see here are hippos, elephants, penguins, flamingos, baboons and sea lions. If you arrive at the right time, you can also watch the animals being fed.
Adresse: Riehler Str. 173, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 7785114
Åpningstider: Summer 9.00-18.00 everyday, Winter 9.00-17.00 everyday

Cologne Cathedral

Work on the Cologne Cathedral began in 1248, and it was the largest building project undertaken in the Middle Ages. A large, spacious church was needed to accommodate the influx of pilgrims who came to visit one of the most important shrines in the Catholic Church holding the relics of the Three Wise Men. Their bones are kept in a casket, which is the most precious treasure in the cathedral and a masterpiece of medieval goldsmith's art.
Adresse: Domkloster 4, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 17940555
Åpningstider: November-April 6.00-19.30, May-October 6.00-21.00

Flora and Botanical Garden

This botanical garden housing about 10,000 types of plants dates back to the 19th century and is beautifully located along the Rhine River. The main greenhouse alone, with its great assortment of plants, is worth a visit. It'll feel like you're in South America's rain forest surrounded by its exotic vegetation.
Adresse: Am Botanischen Garten 1a, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 560 890
Åpningstider: Daily from 8.00 to sunset (max 21.00)

Roman Praetorium

The Praetorium was once the seat of the Imperial Governor of Cologne. Now this is an underground archaeological area where you can walk around and through tunnels with Roman ruins and learn more about the city's history. It is partly located under the current City Hall.
Adresse: Kleine Budengasse 1-3, Cologne
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-17.00

Cologne Opera

The Germans have always been big music lovers, and Cologne is no exception. Cologne Opera is the main opera house in the city, featuring modern architecture, a resident opera company and a rich cultural program. It can accommodate up to 1,300 spectators and 100 orchestra musicians.
Adresse: Rheinparkweg 1, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 221 28 400

Lanxess Arena

Lanxess Arena is one of Europe's biggest entertainment venues and can accomodate up to 20,000 people. All sorts of events take place here, from concerts to ice-hockey games and big shows. Just check the program on their website to discover what's going on while you're in Cologne.
Adresse: Willy-Brandt-Platz 3, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 8021


The Volksgarten is popular among visitors and locals alike. This public park is located by a beautiful lake and is a nice place for a peaceful stroll. There are also a playground for children and a beer garden for adults.
Adresse: Volksgartenstrasse, Cologne

Hohenzollern Bridge

A walk over Hohenzollern Bridge, one of the most famous sights of Cologne, is simply a must-do. This railway and pedestrian bridge was originally built between 1907 and 1911, but had to be reconstructed after a bombing occurred in 1945. From 2008 onward, couples from all over the world have being adorning it with colourful padlocks symbolising their love.
Adresse: Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne

Historic Town Hall

In Cologne you can visit the oldest town hall of all Germany, with parts of it dating back to the 11th century. It features various architectural styles and sculptures from different periods adorn the surrounding area. The Hansasaal, named after the Hanseatic League, is at the heart of it. Other highlights include the beautiful Renessaince loggia and the Gothic tower, 61 metres high and with bells that toll four times a day.
Adresse: Rathausplatz 2, Cologne
Åpningstider: Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 8.00-16.00, Tuesday 8.00-18.00, Friday 8.00-12.00

Twelve Romanesque churches

The Old Town of Cologne encompasses twelve Romanesque churches that constitute one of the cultural highlights of the city. All of them where originally built in the 12th and 13th century and feature beautiful medieval architecture and art, but each one has different characteristics. Some of the most famous ones are St. Maria im Kapitol, Great St. Martin and St. Gereon.

Köln Triangle Panorama

One of the most beautiful, picture-postcard views of Cologne Cathedral can be enjoyed from Köln Triangle. The visitor’s platform on the rooftop of this building is at a height of more than 100 meters, providing a breathtaking 360 degrees view of the city. By using the express elevator, you can glide to the top at four meters per second.
Adresse: Ottoplatz 1, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 355004100
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday 12.00-20.00, Saturday-Sunday 10.00-20.00

Boat tours on the Rhine

A boat tour on the Rhine is one of the most exciting ways to visit the city. One of the companies that offer this kind of experience is KD, with up to 6 tours a day departing a few steps away from the Cologne Cathedral and the Hohenzollern Bridge.
Adresse: Frankenwerft 35, Cologne
Telefon: +49 0 221 2088 318

Cologne cable cars

Take a cable car over the Rhein and experience Cologne from above. Rides start from Cologne Zoo or from the Rhein Park, so you can visit both in one afternoon.
Adresse: Sachsenbergstraße 3, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 5474184
Åpningstider: April till October 10.00-18.00 everyday

Wallraf-Richartz Museum

This is one of the largest traditional art galleries in Germany, housing a medieval art collection with an almost complete collection of local painting on wood dating from 1300 to 1550. There are also sections dedicated to Renaissance, Impressionist and Baroque art. The last one includes works by Rubens, Rembrandt and Van Dyck.
Adresse: Obenmarspforten 40, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 22121119
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-18.00

Museum Ludwig

The permanent exhibition of the Museum Ludwig features modern art, including numerous works belonging to Pop Art, Surrealism and Expressionism artists, as well as one of the biggest collections of Picasso paintings in the world. The museum also houses a large photography collection and exhibitions of contemporary art, allowing you to dive into the past 100 years of art in one afternoon.
Adresse: Heinrich-Böll-Platz, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 221 26165
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-18.00

Museum of Applied Art Cologne (MAKK)

Discover ten centuries of applied arts by exploring this 5,000 square metres museum. The MAKK boats a collection of over 100,000 items of European arts and crafts, including furniture, utensils, decorative objects, ceramics, jewellery, glasswork, textiles and more. The modern design section is especially large and renowned.
Adresse: An der Rechtschule, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 221 23860
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Saturday 8.00-18.00

Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum Cultures of the World

This ethnological museum, which was awarded the Council of Europe Museum Prize in 2012, provides insights into both new and old, exotic and familiar worlds. Visitors embark on a multi-media, interactive voyage of discovery with objects from Africa, Asia, America, Oceania and Europe on a 3.600 m² exhibition space.
Adresse: Cäcilienstr. 35, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 22131301
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-18.00, Thursdays until 20.00

Roman-Germanic Museum

This is one of the most comprehensive collections of Roman and Germanic archaeological finds in Germany, ranging from prehistoric times through to the Middle Ages and including the famous mosaic of Dionysus, which dates from around 200 AD.
Adresse: Roncalliplatz 4, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 22124438
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-17.00

German Sports & Olympic Museum

Have a look at 3000 years of sports history and experience the emotional range of sports: unforgettable highlights, great athletes, triumphant victories and bitter defeats. From 2011, the permanent exhibition shows freshly updated highlights of sports from the last decade, including an exhibition on the development of trend sports like surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and BMX.
Adresse: Im Zollhafen 1, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 336090
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Sunday 10.00-18.00


Odysseum is a learning playground designed for the entertainment of children, but equally enjoyable for adults. Its themed exhibitions allow visitors to learn about technology, nature, space and more interesting topics through interactive stations and experiences, like taking part in an archaeological excavation or entering a flight simulator.
Adresse: Corintostraße 1, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 69068111
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Friday 9.00-18.00, Saturday-Sunday 10.00-19-00

Dance Museum

This museum is the place to encounter the art of dance and learn more about its history. Exhibitions and events like film screenings and lectures make it a meeting point for everyone interested in this subject.
Adresse: Im Mediapark 7, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 888 95 444
Åpningstider: Daily 14.00-19.00. Closed on Wednesdays.

Farina Fragrance Museum

There is probably no better place than Cologne to discover the world of perfume. Guided tours of the Farina Fragrance Museum last 45 minutes and will carry you on a journey through three centuries of perfume making history. Of course, Eau de Cologne is the main focus of the tour.
Adresse: Obenmarspforten 21, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 3998994
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 10.00-19.00, Sunday 11.00-17.00

Kölner Karnevalsmuseum (Carnival Museum of Cologne)

Using sounds, images and objects, this museum gives visitors an idea of the exciting atmosphere, celebrations, colours and joyful spirit carnival celebrations in Europe, exploring their history throughout the centuries.
Adresse: Maarweg 134-136, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 574000

Käthe Kollwitz Museum

This museum is dedicated to the work of the German artist Käthe Kollwitz (1867-1945). From the artistic beginnings to her last drawing, the museum provides a unique insight into her artistic work, since it's the world´s largest collection of drawings, prints and sculptures made by her.
Adresse: Neumarkt 18-24, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 227 2899

Chocolate Museum

At this unique museum you can learn about te history of chocolate production and consumption from its early beginnings 5000 years ago to the present. The museum also houses a chocolate fountain, a café and a chocolate shop, just in case you feel like indulging in a sweet treat after your visit.
Adresse: Am Schokoladenmuseum 1a, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 9318880
Åpningstider: Daily 10.00-18.00

Cologne City Museum

On about 2000 square metres, the Cologne City Museum presents the history of the city of Cologne from the Middle Ages onward. The museum is housed in the "Zeughaus" – the city's former armoury, built around 1600. The collection provides visitors with the opportunity to gain an insight into the political history, economy, intellectual, religious and everyday life, as well as the special characteristics of the city.
Adresse: Zeughausstraße 1-3, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 22 125 789

NS Documentation Center

The NS Documentation Center is a museum that commemorates the victims of the Nazi regime and houses an exhibition on political, social and community life in Cologne during the Nazi era. The building was once a detention centre, so you can visit the prisoners' cells where about 1,800 inscriptions have survived on the walls.
Adresse: Appellhofplatz 23-25, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 22126332
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Friday 10.00-18.00, Saturday-Sunday 11.00-18.00


Limani means port in Greek, which is the perfect description for this Greek restaurant situated on the banks of the Rhine and offering a great view of the river. Here you can enjoy authentic Mediterranean dishes, like the "mezedes" assorted dishes, accompanied by a selection of German, Greek and other imported wines.
Adresse: Agrippinawerft 6, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 719 0590
Åpningstider: Monday-Sunday 12.00-00.30

Restaurant Fährhaus

The historical restaurant Fährhaus has a seasonal menu that includes many seafood dishes. Here you can enjoy Mediterranean food and a wonderful view over Rhine all year round in the heated terrace.
Adresse: Steinstrasse 1, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 935 9969
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 11.00-01.00, Sunday 10.00-01.00

El Chango

El Chango is an Argentinian restaurant in Cologne specialised in steaks. The star of the restaurant is hidden in the kitchen: the charcoal grill (fired with true Argentinian charcoal) that is responsible for all the meats being grilled to perfection.
Adresse: Bolzengasse 9, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 2581 212
Åpningstider: Sunday-Friday 12.00-14.00 and 18.00-00.00, Saturday only 18.00-00.00


At Päffgen brewery, you can enjoy regional cuisine and Kölsch beer. Specialities include beer marinated pork roast and the Halve Hahn, crispy baked rye bread with Dutch cheese. There's plenty of seating inside and a beer garden open all year round.
Adresse: Friesenstrasse 64 - 66, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 135 461
Åpningstider: Sunday-Thursday 10.00-00.00, Friday-Saturday 10.00-00.30

Früh Am Dom

Früh am Dom is located in front of the Cathedral and is Cologne’s equivalent of the Hofbräuhaus in Munich, high ceilings, dark wood paneling, old oil paintings and a large tiled stove. They serve typical Kölsch food and beer on three floors. If you are in a larger group, it may be worth ordering a small barrel of beer, which will be put on the table.
Adresse: Am Hof 12-18, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 26 13 215
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday 11.00-00.00, Saturday-Sunday 9.00-00.00

Brauhaus zum Prinzen

You'll find Brauhaus zum Prinzen in one of the oldest buildings in the Alter Markt square. At this brewery you'll find classic dishes like currywurst, schnitzel and Sauerbraten, namely roast with dumplings. The atmosphere is intimate and the prices are average.
Adresse: Alter Markt 20-22, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 96022220
Åpningstider: Monday-Thursday 12.00-00.00, Friday-Saturday 11.00-01.00, Sunday 11.00-23.30


Amabile restaurant has a sophisticated menu inspired to French and Mediterranean cuisine. The dishes are crafted with fresh, seasonal ingredients and you might also find local specialities cooked in a creative manner.
Adresse: Görresstraße 2, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 219 101
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Sunday 18.00-00.00

Le Moissonnier

Le Moissonnier is truly a gourmet restaurant here in Cologne. This is a perfect place for a celebration or just a special evening out with your beloved one. Nothing on the menu will let you down, but the duck comes highly recommended.
Adresse: Krefelder Straße 25, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 729 ext. 479
Åpningstider: Tue-Thu 12.00 - 15.00 and 18.30 - 24.00, Fri-Sat 12.00 - 15.00 and 19.00 - 24.00

Bulgogi Haus

Bulgogi Haus is a popular restaurant where they serve Korean BBQ. All the meat is prepared on a special grill fired with real charcoal. You pay a fixed price for a four course meal and on the menu you'll find Korean specialities like "kimchi", namely pickled cabbage, "kimbap", which is Korean sushi, and of course "bulgogi", marinated beef or pork fired on the grill.
Adresse: Neusser Straße 654, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 278 8896 or +49 177 5147920
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Sunday 18.00-23.00


Beirut is a small family-owned restaurant that serves authentic Lebanese and Arabian dishes. Just the smell will take you to the Orient, the decor and music will do the rest.
Adresse: Buttermarkt 3, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 258 1539
Åpningstider: Daily 12.00-00.00

Hans im Glück - Burgergrill

Hans im Glück is a franchise that serves gourmet burgers in all Germany. Fresh, high-quality ingredients and, homemade sauces and hay-milk cheese play an important role for the perfect finish of the burgers. Vegetarian and vegan options are available.
Adresse: Hohenzollernring 38-40, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 29892163
Åpningstider: Sunday-Thursday 11.30-23.00, Friday-Saturday 11.30-01.00

Maki Maki Sushi Green

At this sushi bar you won't find any fish on the menu, as everything is vegan. Here you can try sushi creations with ingredients such as avocado, cucumber, aubergine, tofu, beetroot, sesame and more. This place offers healthy and tasty dinner options not only for vegans, but for everyone.
Adresse: Mauritiussteinweg 2, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 93115678
Åpningstider: Sunday-Friday 17.30-22.00, Saturday 15.00-22.00

Mashery — Hummus Kitchen

This vegetarian restaurant is all about the hummus. The menu mainly features dishes that use this Middle-Eastern speciality as a base for delicious toppings like mushrooms, beetrot, feta cheese, tomatoes and more. Other items that you can find on the menu are falafel, fried halloumi, pita bread, sandwiches and salads.
Adresse: Roonstraße 36, Cologne
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 12.00-22.00

Weinhaus Brungs

The Weinhaus Brungs is located in the heart of the city in a quaint old building full of history. Traditional regional dishes are served here with a particular focus on seasonal ingredients. The food goes down well with a Kölsch or a glass of wine from the cellar.
Adresse: Marsplatz 3-5, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 2581666
Åpningstider: Daily 12.00 - 24.00

Café Reichard

Situated a few steps away from the Cathedral, the elegant Café Reichard has plenty of seating both outside and inside. Mouth-watering cakes, pralines, truffles and chocolates await you here. The café also hosts breakfast and lunch buffets.
Adresse: Unter Fettenhennen 11, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 257 8542
Åpningstider: Daily 8.30-20.00


Fassbender, located between Hohe Straße and the Historic Town Hall, is one of the oldest café in Cologne. Its beautiful interiors are decorated in the style of the 1950s. Cakes and desserts are their speciality.
Adresse: Obenmarspforten 7, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 2727390
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday 9.00-18.30, Saturday 9.00-19.00, Sunday 11.00-18.00

Café Central

Café Central is a small café with a big breakfast menu that includes pancakes, croissants and bagels as wells as eggs with avocado or bacon, toast and juice. They also have lunch options consisting of few hot and cold dishes that change everyday.
Adresse: Julicher Str. 1, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 2071520
Åpningstider: Monday-Thursday 7.00-00.00, Friday-Saturday 7.00-01.00, Sunday 8.00-23.00

Café Sehnsucht

Café Sehnsucht has been an institution in Cologne for 30 years. This ecologically certified café's search for regional and organic ingredients is praiseworthy. Moreover, they make their own jam and chocolate cream for the breakfast and bake their own bread and cakes.
Adresse: Körnerstraße 67, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 528 347
Åpningstider: Sunday-Monday 9.00-23.00, Tuesday-Thursday 9.00-00.00, Friday-Saturday 9.00-02.00

Miss Päpki

Miss Päpki is a quaint little café in the Belgian Quarter. They have tables both inside and outside, with vintage chairs painted white. They serve German breakfast, homemade cakes, salads, quiches, hot beverages and healthy juices.
Adresse: Brüsseler Pl. 18, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 16834971
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday 9.30-19.00, Saturday-Sunday 10.30-19.00. Closed on Tuesday.

Salon Schmitz

At Salon Schmitz in the Belgian Quarter you'll find sweet and savoury breakfast options, hot dishes, salads, quiches, cakes and ice cream. The café is located in an old building once occupied by a butcher's shop, and has a decor inspired by the design aesthetic of the 1950s and 60s.
Adresse: Aachener Str. 28, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 1395577
Åpningstider: Sunday-Thursday 9.00-01.00, Friday-Saturday 9.00-04.00

The Coffee Gang

The Coffee Gang is a speciality coffee shop and brew bar that focuses on offering high-quality, fair traded coffee in a variety of ways. It has two stylish locations in town, where you'll also find sandwiches and cakes baked in-house.
Adresse: Hohenstaufenring 19, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 78956541
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Friday 8.00-18.00, Saturday 9.30-18.00, Sunday 11.00-18.00

Schamong Kaffee

Shamong Kaffee in the Ehrenfeld district is a bit outside of the city centre, but Cologne's oldest coffee roastery might be worth the journey. All their coffee is fair trade and roasted using traditional methods, and its unique flavour is the product of more than 60 years of experience in the field.
Adresse: Venloer Str. 535, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 544938
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday 9.00-18.00, Saturday 9.00-14.00


Cafecafe offers a big variety of sandwiches, bagels and homemade cakes, along with bowls and salads, international breakfast options, fresh smoothies and hot or cold beverages. They also have vegan and vegetarian options.
Adresse: Aachener Straße 45, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 2706639
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday 7.30-18.00, Saturday 9.00-18.00


The centrally located Funkhaus is a café, bar and restaurant all in one. There is plenty of seating inside, and during the summer they open a big outdoor terrace with a view of the Cologne Cathedral. Hearty German breakfast options are served everyday until midday. Afterwards, you can browse through the regular menu, where you'll find specialities like curry wurst and lentil soup, or have a sweet treat like a brownie or a slice of apple pie. There are a few vegan and vegetarian options.
Adresse: Wallrafpl. 5, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 955645424
Åpningstider: Sunday-Thursday 8.30-00.00, Friday-Saturday 8.30-01.00

Café Hibiskus

Café Hibiskus in the Old Town serves only vegan food and beverages. Here you'll find cakes, cupcakes, brownies, other sweet treats and a few savoury snacks, all prepared with fresh regional ingredients. Some raw options are available.
Adresse: Ritterstraße 52, Cologne
Telefon: +49 1512 6559977
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Sunday 12.00-18.00

Zülpicher Straße

Those who want to party in Cologne often make Zülpicher Straße their first stop. With numerous cocktail bars and pubs, here you will find a great atmosphere for the upcoming party night. If you do't feel like going to another district after, you can spend the while night bar hopping here and still have fun.
Adresse: Zülpicher Straße, Cologne

Das Ding

Das Ding is a popular student club since 1968. With special offers regarding drinks and parties in general, it attracts young people all over the city. The music is likely to be popular and mainstream, while the drinks are sure to be cheap.
Adresse: Hohenstaufenring 30-32, Cologne
Telefon: +49 2233 714206
Åpningstider: Tuesday-Saturday 10.00-late

Live Music Hall

Artist from different genres perform on stage regularly at the Live Music Hall and themed parties take place all the time. This nightclub is locaded in Cologne Ehrenfeld and can host up to 1,800 people. Check their website to learn about the latest events.
Adresse: Lichtstr. 30, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 9542990

Red Cat Lounge

The Red Cat Lounge in Luxemburger street is a popular nightclub open on the weekend. Here you can drink a Kölsch at the bar, sip a cocktail in the lounge or get crazy on the dance floor.
Adresse: Luxemburger Straße 60, Cologne
Telefon: +49 162 2024212
Åpningstider: Friday and Saturday from 23.00 until late, Sunday from 18.00

Flamingo Royal

In the heart of Cologne is the club Flamingo Royal, with a varied nightlife inspired to the modern Miami South Beach. Here taste, zest for life, music and fun come together every weekend.. They also host a special student and after-work party on Wednesdays.
Adresse: Friesenwall 90, Cologne
Telefon: +49 177 8846627
Åpningstider: Friday, Saturday and Wednesday 23.00-06.00


This well-known dance and party venue in Cologne has three floors where DJs play music belonging to different genres, from RnB and pop to 80s classics. In addition to the best musical entertainment, the KlapsMühle has special offers during the week and themed parties on Saturday and holidays
Adresse: Hohenzollernring 39-41, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 29931919
Åpningstider: Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 21.00-late


The Stadtgarten hosts concerts in two areas, the studio 672 and the concert hall. Apart from that, the venue has also a restaurant and a beer garden open during summer. Jazz is the main genre played here, but certainly not the only one. With more than 400 events taking place every year, everyone is likely to find something to suit their tastes.
Adresse: Venloer Str. 40, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 9529940

Zum scheuen Reh

At Zum scheuen Reh there is a wide cultural program of short films, lectures, exhibitions and concerts, as well as parties with DJs, live acts and sports watching nights. Specialty and classic cocktails are served all week long, while Thursday is gin and tonic day and this drink is served at a competitive price.
Adresse: Hans-Böckler-Platz 2, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 16897642
Åpningstider: Monday-Thursday 17.00-02.00, Friday-Saturday 17.00-05.00, Sunday 15.00-00.00


Cocktails, live music, DJs and a 70s vibe is all you need for a nice evening and this little bar in the Belgian Quarter has it all. If you like jazz music, Thursday is the right day to come here. Stand up comedy nights are also sometimes hosted.
Adresse: Moltkestr. 74, Cologne
Telefon: +49 2203 8809717

Hellers Volksgarten

This beer garden in the Volksgarten park is a popular spot for a Kölsch with a view of the lake, which you can also cross by renting a paddle boat. The beers served are organic and come from the nearby brewery Heller. At Hellers, they also offer typical German dishes and regularly organise special events.
Adresse: Volksgartenstraße 27, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 382626
Åpningstider: Daily 11.30-00.00

Biergarten Rathenauplatz

Rathenauplatz is a small park south of the Belgian District with its own beer garden where you can chill while drinking a Kölsch and eating a snack. They serve food from the Stadtgarten restaurant and beer from Heller brewery in a pleasant green setting.
Adresse: Rathenaupl. 30, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 8017349
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday 15.00-23.30, Saturday-Sunday 13.00-23.30 (April through September)


The Japanese brand Muji develops as an international manufacturer of stylish, functional and affordable quality products for all relevant areas of urban life. The unique product range includes household goods and office products, as well as clothing, travel accessories and stationery.
Adresse: Minoritenstraße 1, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 277 58 677
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 10.00-20.00

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On about 700 square meters the luxury branch of the Swedish brand H&M offers fashion for women to affordable prices. Besides fashion, the product range includes accessories such as bags, jewelry as well as beauty products.
Adresse: Ehrenstraße 43, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 29930414
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 10.00-20.00


Still one of the best addresses for simple Scandinavian design that is absolutely on the pulse of fashion, but never follows fast moving trends. The Swedes just know precisely how it goes.
Adresse: Ehrenstraße 33-35, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 25899057
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 10.00-20.00

Kauf Dich Glücklich

Kauf Dich Glücklich is a German concept store chain with two locations in Cologne. Here you'll find design clothes, accessories, jewellery and homeware. Much comes from fashionable Danish or Swedish labels.
Adresse: Ehrenstraße 48, Cologne
Telefon: +49 2212 8069903
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 11.00-20.00

Liebeskind Berlin

The famous Berlin accessory and bag label Liebeskind has store in Cologne and presents its great collection here. They mainly sell items made of high-quality leather.
Adresse: Ehrenstraße 88, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 27263834
Åpningstider: Monday-Thursday 10.00-19.00, Friday-Saturday 10.00-19.30

Planet Sports

Planet Sports is one of the German big players coming to sports equipment. Their store in Cologne offers anything from boards to clothes and shoes. The collection includes 250 brands for surfers, skaters, snowboarders and more sports enthusiasts
Adresse: Ehrenstraße 100, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 27268983
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday 11.00-20.00, Saturday 10.00-20.00

Tausend Fliegende Fische

In this colorful store in quarter of Lateng the women clothes, shoes and accessories are not too expensive and always fashionable. Many of the brands present are of Swedish design.
Adresse: Roonstraße 16, Cologne
Telefon: +49 2212 400233
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 11.00-19.00


Blutsgeschwister offer something different, not mainstream but a world full of fascination for colours, patterns, shapes and history. The collections of clothes you will find in the flagship store here in Cologne reveal to tradition and combine it with urban modernity.
Adresse: Brüsselerstraße 82, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 26 06 26 62
Åpningstider: Mon-Fri 12.00 - 20.00, Sat 12.00 - 18.00

Kölner Stadtflohmarkt

This flea market takes place at the University Center every Saturday of the year, except on public holidays. From eight o’clock until early afternoon, bargain hunters bustle among the many stalls. Come early to find the best deals.
Adresse: Luxemburger Straße, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 955645441
Åpningstider: Saturday from 8.00


At Granit, you can browse for Scandinavian living accessories. The Swedish lifestyle company offers everything in the field of decoration. If you like it simple with subtle colours, this is the place for you.
Adresse: Ehrenstraße 72, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 8282 9998
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 10.00-20.00

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters has its own creative, unique character coming up with fashion, records and hip presents in the store. Both original design and well-known labels await you here. It's a great place to pick up gifts for teens and twenty-somethings who "already have everything".
Adresse: Breitestrasse 118-120, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 271 2360
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 10.00 - 20.00

Blue Tomato

Blue Tomato is specialized in equipment and clothes for sports like snowboarding, free skiing, skating, and surfing. They also have a good assortment of winter and street wear. The product range offers over 650 different brands like Burton, Volcom, Roxy, Nikita and Nike but also emerging labels like Sitka, Humör, Somewear, HUF, Brixton and more.
Adresse: Schildergasse 112, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 25883080
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 10.00-20.00


Next to H&M and COS and Granit on the Ehrenstraße, Weekday is another addition to the fantastic Scandinavian brands located in Cologne. In the huge store you will find their own brand MTWTFSS as well as clothes from Cheap Monday, well-known for their priceless drainpipe jeans.
Adresse: Ehrenstraße 76-78, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 25856368
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 10.00-20.00

Green Guerillas

Sustainable and fashionable are the keywords of Green Guerrillas. Ecologically fair traded cotton goods and a collection of accessories out of old fire hoses fill the shelves of this shop. A must-visit for the eco-conscious shopper.
Adresse: Roonstr. 82-84, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 16914611
E-post: [email protected]?__xts__=
Åpningstider: Monday-Saturday 11.00-19.30

Old Town flea market

The so-called "Altstadt Flohmarkt" is located in a unique setting on the left bank of the Rhine, a few steps away from the city centre. More than 150 stands selling antiques are regularly set up here. Check the website to know the next dates when the market will take place.
Adresse: Konrad-Adenauer-Ufer, Cologne

4711 House of Frangrances

This perfume store is a local institution, as they have been making and selling Eau de Cologne for more than 200 years. Here you'll have the chance to purchase fragrances as souvenirs and gifts, as well as to learn about the history of the brand and of the famous perfume in their small museum.
Adresse: Glockengasse 4, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 27099911
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday 9.30-18.30, Saturday 9.30-18.00

Airport Cologne Bonn (CGN)

Cologne Bonn airport is 17 km southeast of the city centre. The journey to the city takes around 15 minutes by car or by train. The trains from and to the airport depart every twenty minutes during weekdays. On Saturdays and Sundays, the trains run every half an hour and the last train leaves at 23.11.
Adresse: Kennedystraße, Cologne
Telefon: +49 220 3404 001

Passport / Visa

Germany can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of most European countries, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.

Best Time to Visit

Summer is the most popular time to visit Cologne, with pleasant temperatures but some humidity and higher hotel rates. You can find cheaper offers in late spring and early autumn, which are chillier but still good periods for sightseeing (and hanging out in beer gardens). Winters are not harsh though, and they can get quite busy due to Christmas and Carnival celebrations.

Public Transport

Cologne has a good transport system with an integrated network covering the area from Bonn to the Ruhr district (U- and S-Bahn as well as buses). If you plan to see all the sights, it may be worth buying a day or a weekly ticket, which give you access to all transportation means for 24 hours or 7 days. You can buy tickets at sales offices, online or at ticket machines in buses, trains and at stops.
Adresse: Glockengasse 37-39, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 208 080


The taxis are cream-coloured. All registered taxi drivers have a licence with a number on display where it is visible to passengers. Taxi Ruf:
Adresse: Bonner Wall 37, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 2882


You can buy stamps from vending machines, some news kiosks and at post offices. There is a post office inside the Hauptbahnhof. Another location in the city centre can be found at Hohe Pforte 4-6, Cologne.
Adresse: Hohe Pforte 4-6, Cologne
Telefon: +49 228 4333112
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday 9.00-18.00, Saturday 9.00-14.00


For pharmacies look out for the red "Aphoteke" sign. Germany has a rotating after-hours service and the number of the current after-hours pharmacy can be found on every pharmacy door. Below are two pharmacies located in the city centre. Augustiner-Apotheke: Martinstraße 16-20, Cologne +49 221 2582296 Monday-Friday 8.00-19.00, Saturday 9.00-18.00 [email protected] Dom Apotheke:
Adresse: Bahnhofsvorpl. 1, Cologne
Telefon: +49 221 20050500
Åpningstider: Monday-Friday 8.00-18.30, Saturday 9.00-18.30


Country code: +49 Area codes: 0221 and 02203