On the trail of elephants, meerkats and other exotic animals, explore this world-famous zoo located close to the banks of the Rhine. This zoo houses more than 750 different species making it a popular excursion destination whatever the weather. Visitors love seeing the animals at a close proximity.
Cologne is a Feeling - experience it in one of the about 70 entertaining topical city tours. Discover Cologne Cathedral and the old town, hear amusing stories and anecdotes, visit Cologne's brewing houses with their rustic charm in a brewing house tour, explore Roman and medieval Cologne in our underworld tour and listen to exciting crime stories.
You want to get to know Cologne and its people a little better? Know more about the city’s 2000-year history? Go for a stroll along a Roman sewer beneath the city streets? Enjoy a freshly drawn Kölsch in medieval vaulted cellars? Or maybe you’d rather explore the Altstadt, the old quarter, with the night watchman? No problem! The team of Colonia Prima look forward to welcoming you to Cologne.
Experience the highlights with the convertible XXL buses during a 1,5 h sightseeing tour or with a day ticket on a Hop on Hop off Tour. Just "hop off" at any stop along the way and re-join the tour on one of the next buses. 1,-- € discount with catchword: Arrival Guide. Meeting point: Burgmauer next to the Tourist Office opp. to the main entrance of the cathedral (DOM).
In Cologne, one speaks about the most beautiful view over the “Kölner Dom“and over the historic city centre. The visitor’s platform on the roof of the KölnTriangle, with a height of more than 100 meters, provides a breathtaking 360 Degrees view on the “Domstadt”. By the express elevator, one glides, with four meters per second, softly to the top. Afterwards you can enjoy a Snack in the Restaurant L’Orange.
Work on building the 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, which holds the relics of the three wise men. The bones are kept in a casket which is the most precious treasure in the cathedral: a masterpiece of the medieval goldsmith’s art. You are really welcome to come for a service or guided tour.
Cologne’s most exclusive guided city tour: discover the historic sites of the Rhine metropolis in a completely new way - on a Segway! During the 3-hours tours, you will experience Cologne’s most beautiful spots hassle-free and without exhausting marches. Due to modern technology and professional guides, this tour will definitely stick in your memory for a long time.
n the maze of alleys, we will take you to the most beautiful attractions of the old town and give you some time to learn about the most exciting stories of the cathedral city. Visit the most important places, buildings and monuments from the Roman period, the Middle Age up to present times and discover the real face of Cologne!
The most comprehensive Pop Art collection in Europe. The third largest Picasso collection in the world. One of the best collections of German Expressionism. One of the internationally most significant collections of photography. One highlight follows another in this museum! The basis for the founding of the museum in 1976 was a generous gift of 350 works of modern art from Peter and Irene Ludwig to the City of Cologne. Since then the museum, which bears the name of its founders, has continually expanded its holdings and today is one of the most important collections of art of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries worldwide.
The 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 3.600 m² exhibition space.
Knight´s battles and Klüngel (nepotism): The Kölnisches Stadtmuseum presents on about 2000 sqm the unique history of the city of Cologne from the Middle Ages to the present day. 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 and typical characteristics of the city. Visit The Cologne City Museum and explore the history of Cologne viewing the unique original exhibits.
The NS Documentation Center is dedicated to memorializing the victims of the Nazi regime, as well as research and teaching about Cologne‘s history during the Nazi era. Some 1,800 inscriptions and drawings done by prisoners have survived on the walls of the ten cells. The permanent exhibition in the EL-DE building depicts political, social and community life in “Cologne during the Nazi Era.”
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 14 September 2011, the permanent exhibition shows now freshly updated highlights and specifications of the sports from the last decade. Trend sports now got a single room in which a large film installation and numerous original objects showing the development and fascination of sports such as surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding and BMX are alive.
This is the place to encounter the art of dance. Exhibitions and events make it a meeting point for everyone interested in art and culture. Film screenings, discussions and lectures are arranged in the new foyer and an annual exhibition enriched by various programs of events are presented. Just the perfect place for dance in Cologne.
This museum is dedicated to the work of well-known artist Käthe Kollwitz. From the artistic beginnings to her last drawing the museum provides an insight into her artistic work. It is the world´s largest collection of drawings, prints and sculptures of Käthe Kollwitz and absolutely worth seen – not just for friends of graphic art! Changing special exhibitions.
The MAKK is unique in North Rhine-Westphalia. The comprehensive collections from the Middle Ages to the 21th century cover glass, ceramics, porcelain, jewellery, furniture, textile art, graphics and an international design department including fine art.
ACHT lies between top class stores and chic classical buildings at the Spichern Höfe. The walls are raw anno 1949 and our guests can watch their meals being freshly cooked. The stunning wide courtyard is lined with ancient olive trees. The cuisine offers regional classical and traditional French dishes. We are uncompromising when it comes to quality and freshness.
Enjoy a cosy evening with a nice meal and a formidable variety of beverages in the architecturally striking ambience located in the former regional finance office of Cologne. Various rooms suit for a rendezvous but also offer a space for a group up to 40 people. The team of NADA looks forward to welcoming you.
Limani means port in Greek, this is the perfect description for the restaurant which is situated at the “Rheinauhafen”, one of Colognes well worth seeing places.The restaurant „ Limani“ is a spot to go if you like the Mediterranean cuisine, enjoy delicious mezedes and selected wine combined with an amazing view on the river Rhein. Limani looks forward to seeing you soon.
Fresh fish and selected wine with river view –The historical restaurant Fährhaus in Cologne - Rodenkirchen is one of the best seafood restaurants far and wide. Enjoy their delicious food and a wonderful view over Rhein the whole year round on the heated terrace. They offer Mediterranean cuisine, pasta, salad or fish – everyone will find something of his taste. Fährhaus look forward to welcoming you in their restaurant.
The l’Orange attracts with fresh international cuisine both daily and weekly specials available. The restaurant offers friendly service and can also be rented as a venue. Tip: After a delicious visit to l’orange take a ride up to the panoramic platform and enjoy the view.
In the Bolzengasse in Cologne one will find what some guests call " small Argentinian Museum ": The El Chango restaurant. Named after the word for a young Gaucho, the shepherd boy. The interior of the restaurant is a tribute to the vastness of Argentina, the feeling of pampas and the fiery taste of South America. The star of the restaurant is hidden In the kitchen: The charcoal grill that is responsible for that all the pieces of meat, rump steaks , kebabs, fillets and cutlets are grilled to absolute perfection.
Traditional Czech specialities in the heart of Cologne’s old town. The Restaurant is located in close proximity to the river Rhine. The special breaks for Budweiser Budvar and Pilsner Urquell invites you on a chilled beer. Enjoy the Czech cuisine in a friendly rustic atmosphere.
The burgers at "Hans im Glück" try to come with a special moment of happiness and if you belive in it or not, they are just excellent and tasty. Fresh ingredients and quality as well as homemade sauces and hay-milk cheese play an important role for the perfect finish of the burgers.
The bar Schmitz offering food of the highest quality, fresh daily and always à la minute. Next to a great choice of wines, they also have a large selection of home-made, original Italian ice cream and lactose-free sorbets. Beyond scoops and shakes, they use their Schmitz ice in amazing cocktail creations. You will find "Metzgerei Schmitz" with Patisserie, take-away and coffee, "Salon Schmitz" serving drinks and dishes and "Coco Schmitz" as an event location for parties just on the same street. No matter at which specific Schmitz place you are, you will enjoy the atmosphere, design and food for sure.
The Weinhaus Brungs has a palpable sense of history. The vaulted basement has remains of the Roman town wall. There are sculptured figures of the pope and emperor in alcoves watching over the locals and tourists as they dine. The restaurant is accommodated in an historic merchant's house which provides a cosy setting with antiques, pointed arches and wood panelling. Traditional, seasonal, German, cologne style, regional, rheinisch dishes are being served here. The home cooking goes down well with a glass Kölsch or any glass of good quality wine.
Enjoy a cozy evening with a nice meal and a formidable variety of beverages in the architecturally striking ambience located in the former regional finance office of Cologne. Various rooms suit for a rendezvous but also offer a space for a group up to 40 people. The team of NADA looks forward to welcoming you.
Those who want to party in Cologne often first stop at the Zülpicher Street. In various cocktail bars and pubs you will find a great atmosphere for the upcoming party night. If you then do not feel like going to another district, you will be also fine in the area around the Zülpicher.
All Bar One is a fashionable venue in a modern building with a huge glass façade, which can be opened. This combination of bar, restaurant and bistro also has a terrace where you can spend time on warm summer evenings. However, the “see and be seen” effect has an influence on the prices.
It is the number one student club since 45 years. With special offers regarding drinks and parties in general it fascinates young people all over the city – another reason is definitely that it is inexpensive spending a night here. The music is likely mainstream, party and charts, and for sure you will have a remarkable great evening here.
Do you want to go for a brilliant concert or instead a fun party? You are going to get both here at the Live Music Hall in Cologne Ehrenfeld. Artist from different genres like Samy Deluxe or Crowded House perform on stage and various parties like “Let’s dance” or “80s Party” take place regularly.
In the heart of Cologne is the club Flamingo Royal - short "Flamingo". The club is a tribute to the modern Miami South Beach, which varied nightlife has inspired the Flamingo. Here Taste, zest for life, music, and enjoy comes together and is called one of the best spots in Cologne’s nightlife. Particularly popular is the "University of Flamingo" student and after-work party every Wednesday.
The Flora is your night club in the Old Market. Four times a week they open the doors and provide parties with electro, pop and rock for everyone. The clientele is mixed and they definitely keep something for everyone: The dance floor is ideal for celebrating and dancing, the lounge area perfect for relaxation and talk. The staff will provide you with your desired drinks - whether beer, shots or cocktails.
The Underground is the alternative classics of Cologne’s club scene. Whether Doc Martens, sneakers or leather boots - no dress code keeps the visitors away. A pub, two concert halls and a beer garden are united in one building complex. It is always a good place for national and international acts from the alternative side. Five days a week parties are organized with free admission and depending on the day with changing music from pop to punk.
The Stadtgarten offers next to the studio 672 and the concert hall, a restaurant and a well-frequented beer garden. With over 400 events in the program in the concert hall and the Studio 672 covers a wide cultural range. The heart of the events is the latest music in all its forms, complemented by contemporary literature and discussions. For theme parties, Dancefloor Jazz, Hip Hop, Reggae, Rare Grooves, Drum'n'Bass and Electronics is played.
This gallery is really different, actually it is more than a gallery. It is called Artspace and unpredictable DJs perform new and interesting music- a parallel world enables new opportunities. Moreover, it is probably the only gallery in the world, where you can just go to dance if you want to. The bar is open every weekend and changing DJs perform regularly. Nevertheless, it is very difficult to predict what is awaiting you. But for sure it will be interesting, new and unique.
There is not only a wide cultural program of short films, lectures, exhibitions and concerts, but you will find also parties with DJs and live acts. For the ones who prefer the day, will be delighted by the football matches or the coffee house in the morning between six and ten that comes up on weekdays with hot drinks and sandwiches.
Trendy, classy and premium-quality are Max Kühl´s choices for your home. From home soft goods to individual sleep concepts they always look out for the best quality and in vogue design. As experts they know how the high quality bed linen and fine sleepwear create the sense of well-being ensuring you finish the day in a well-fitting bed system.
Muji develops as an international manufacturer stylish, functional and affordable quality products for all relevant areas of urban life. The unique product range includes furniture, household goods and office products, as well as clothing, travel accessories and stationery. Go and have a look at this great Japanese label since you always find something you need even it is just a pen or shirt.
You will be happy on the time stepping in the store and finding the great range of relaxed clothes for boys and girls, something special, but never unacceptable. Much comes from Danish or Swedish labels. Furthermore, great books, accessories and perfect shoes expand the collections.
Blutsgeschwister is something different, not mainstream but a world full of fascination for colours, patterns, shapes and history. The collections you will find in the flagship store here in Cologne, reveals to traditions and combines that with urban modernity. See and try fashion developed with creativity but traction!
On the edge of the Belgian quarter Alex and Olli started to convert their hobby into a career and opened their sneaker store "The Good Will Out". Since then the two guys supply sneaker heads from near and far with the finest footwear of brands like Adidas to V for Vans. Hardly any interesting release is omitted here: Tier Zero? Limited Edition? Almost anything is to get if you are just fast enough.
Blue Tomato is specialized in the sports snowboarding, free skiing, skate, and surf and sells a wide assortment of sports equipment such as snowboards, free skis, skateboards and surfboards up to winter clothing, street wear and shoes. 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 many others.
Cologne/Bonn airport is 17 km southeast of the city centre. The journey to the city centre takes around 15 minutes by car or S-Bahn. A train connects the city to the airport, departing every twenty minutes from the Hauptbahnhof to the airport (from 4.21 to 24.41 on weekdays). On Saturdays and Sundays, the train runs every half hour and the last train leaves at 23.11.
Cologne has a good transport system with an integrated network covering the area from Bonn to the Ruhr district. ( U- and S Bahn). If you plan to see all the sights, it may be worth buying a Köln WelcomeCard for one day which covers the entire train and bus network (Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg - VRS). It also offers discounts on entry to 70 different sights and reduced prices at some restaurants.