Where to stay in Cologne

Traveling to Germany, the heart of Europe? Here’s where to stay in Cologne, the jewel of Goethe’s nation!

Cologne (Köln in German) is a city in westernGermany, in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is the largest city in the state, with over a million inhabitants, and the fourth-largest in Germany. Founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago, Cologne is a cultural mecca and boasts an impressive historical heritage: it is the oldest of Germany’s major cities.

Over the centuries, this city of Catholic tradition has established itself as one of Europe’s major economic and political centers. It has had an eventful history: annexed by France in the early 19th century, placed under Prussian rule, occupied by the victors of the First World War and finally razed to the ground by Allied bombing during the Second, it has undergone – as has the whole of West Germany – an economic renaissance that has enabled it to host the headquarters of many powerful companies, as well as numerous world-famous festivities and events!

So, would you like to immerse yourself in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities? We’ve got all the tips you need to make your stay in Cologne a success, and find the perfect place to stay!

Altstadt

Altstadt, Cologne, Allemagne

Photo credit: Flickr – dronepicr

Altstadt? Altstadt means « old town » in German: it’s the historic heart of Cologne, divided into north and south. It’s here, for example, that you’ll find the tourist attractions most popular with foreign visitors: the superb, world-famous Gothic cathedral dominates the city and impresses the curious. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it’s a must-see for visitors from all over the world.

But you can also find a whole host of exciting activities here: gourmets could visit the Schokoladenmuseum, the chocolate museum, or enjoy a  » Himmel un Är  » (a kind of black pudding with apples, typical of the city) while strolling along the banks of the Rhine or simply enjoying a culinary tour! For culture buffs, there are numerous museums in the city center, such as the Wallraf Richartz – the city’s oldest – or the Museum Schnütgen, which bear witness to the German city’s rich past. To discover Cologne’s treasures, don’t forget to book your KölnCard: a city pass that gives you access to numerous discounts at the city’s various attractions.

As the standard of living is rather high, you’ll need to plan for a comfortable budget, especially when it comes to accommodation: those looking for a place to stay in Cologne’s city center will have no trouble finding a hotel or rental property, but prices are bound to be high, especially during the summer season.

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Humboldt – Gremberg

On the other side of the Rhine, Humboldt-Gremberg is a peaceful residential district: ideal for Cologne apartment rental. Family-friendly, with plenty of green space and excellent public transport links, it borders the universities and student districts to the north, and is an ideal location if you’re looking for accommodation just a stone’s throw from Cologne’s historic center.

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Nippes

Jardin botanique Flora Köln, Nippes, Cologne

Photo credit: Flickr – Stefan Klaas

This cosmopolitan district is located to the north of the Old Town: Cologne, the cultural crossroads and economic hub of Northern Europe, is a city of many nationalities!

Here, you can enjoy the greenery of the Flora Köln – Palais im Park botanical garden and its splendid flower paths, have a kebab or a glass of beer on Neusser Straße, a lively shopping street, or relax with the family at the Kölner Zoo.

Accommodation in Cologne’s Nippes district is simple and inexpensive: there are only a few hotels, but there are plenty of offers on rental platforms, to suit all budgets!

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