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Cologne overview

Visitors speak favorably about all that Cologne has to offer, including its cathedrals, museums, and historical sites. There's a nice selection of cafés to enjoy during your stay. In Cologne, you can take in local culture at top places like Romano-Germanic Museum and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. Popular sights like Cologne Cathedral and City Hall are sure to leave an impression.

Where to stay in Cologne

Cologne features a wealth of hotel accommodations for both vacationers and business travelers. There are 238 hotels in Cologne and you can shop as many as 1102 deals for rooms on Hotels.com, some with discounts of up to 50%. We have room prices starting at 16 USD per night and here's a breakdown of hotels by star rating in Cologne as well as in the surrounding area:
  • • 47 5-star hotels from 83 USD per night
  • • 241 4-star hotels from 56 USD per night
  • • 272 3-star hotels from 41 USD per night
  • • 25 2-star hotels from 26 USD per night

How to get to Cologne

Fly into Cologne (CGN-Cologne - Bonn), 7.9 mi (12.7 km) from the heart of Cologne. Duesseldorf (DUS-Duesseldorf Intl.) is the next closest major airport, 24.6 mi (39.7 km) away.

Train stations include:
  • • Cologne Central Station (0.3 mi/0.5 km from the city center)
  • • Cologne West Station (0.9 mi/1.4 km from the city center)
  • • Cologne Messe-Deutz Station (0.9 mi/1.5 km from the city center)
Metro stations include:
  • • Appellhofplatz Breite Strasse U-Bahn (0.1 mi/0.2 km from the city center)
  • • Neumarkt U-Bahn (0.4 mi/0.6 km from the city center)
  • • Heumarkt U-Bahn (0.4 mi/0.7 km from the city center)

What to see around Cologne

Here are some local attractions:
  • • Claudius Therme
  • • Cologne Cable Car
  • • Cologne Zoo
  • • Odysseum
  • • MMC Studios
The area's cultural scene stands out, and these are some places to visit:
  • • Romano-Germanic Museum
  • • Wallraf-Richartz-Museum
  • • Volkstheater Millowitsch
  • • Museum of Applied Art
  • • Galerie Der Spiegel
Memorable landmarks include:
  • • Cologne Cathedral
  • • Alter Markt
  • • Great St. Martin Church
  • • Wallraf Square
  • • Praetorium
The area is recognized for its natural setting, offering these places to visit:
  • • Stadtgarten
  • • Volksgarten
  • • Forstbotanischer Garten Koln
  • • Flittarder Rheinaue
  • • Japanischer Garten
Popular places to visit include:
  • • City Hall
  • • Rhein Energie Stadium

When to visit Cologne

If you're beginning to plan your vacation, you may be curious about the best time to visit. Here are the seasonal norms to help you decide when to go:

Seasonal temperature averages
  • • January-March: 53°F day, 26°F night
  • • April-June: 70°F day, 37°F night
  • • July-September: 73°F day, 47°F night
  • • October-December: 62°F day, 33°F night
Seasonal rainfall averages
  • • January-March: 4.80 inches
  • • April-June: 6.38 inches
  • • July-September: 7.36 inches
  • • October-December: 6.10 inches

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