Altstadt

The "old-town" is the most unreal part of Cologne, as it looks like no other part of the city, what with its towering gothic cathedral, cobblestone streets and giant...

  • Neighborhood
  • Cultural & Historical
  • City Tour
  • Architecture

Belgisches Viertel (Belgian Quarter)

Belgian Quarter

There is no part of town more hyped among locals than the Begisches Viertel, which has the highest concentration of boutiques, theaters, galleries, cafés and bars....

  • Neighborhood

Flora Botanische Garten

Dating back to the 1863, Cologne's botanical gardens are quite grand, with nearly 10,000 different types of plants on display and a gorgeous orangerie at its center

  • Museum
  • Architecture
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Park

St. Gereon

Gereonsviertel

Consisting of parts and pieces of four separate building phases, the Gereon is practically the Romanesque church equivalent of a collage. The main oval structure...

  • Cultural & Historical
  • Architecture

Stadtgarten

Belgisches Viertel

Bordering Venloer Straße in the hip Belgium Quarter, Stadtgarten is a city park favorite with its jogging paths, large lawns, beer garden, restaurant, and concerts....

  • Walking
  • Performing arts
  • Playground
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Park
  • Bicycle

Kölner Dom

Innenstadt

There is no cathedral in Germany more famous, or imposing, than the "Dom" of Cologne: in lacy and airy French Gothic style, with a long line of columns lorded over...

  • Cultural & Historical
  • Architecture

Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst

Belgisches Viertel

Less well known than the Kolumba or Ludwig, and tucked away in the obscure, serene Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Park, this small museum for East-Asian art might just be...

  • Museum

12 Romanesque Churches of Köln

Altstadt

The Dom is not the only giant hunk of sacred architecture in Cologne. From the 5th to the 13th century AD, the city saw the rise of twelve different Roman Catholic...

  • Cultural & Historical
  • City Tour
  • Architecture

Aachener-Weiher & Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Park

Belgisches Viertel

Situated on the Grüngurtel, the Aachner Weiher receives its share of Cologners looking to grill, relax or stare out over an artificial pond while contemplating...

  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Park
  • Fun & games
  • Food & drink
  • Excursions
  • Water fun
  • Walking

Agnesviertel

At the junction of a former working class quarter and what was one of Cologne's fanciest housing districts in the 19th-century, the Agnesviertel is named for the...

  • Neighborhood
  • Food & drink
  • Cultural & Historical
  • City Tour
  • Architecture

Archäologische Zone

Martinsviertel

Though inner-city excavations are a dime a dozen in Italy, the Germans take what they can get: and the Roman palace (praetorium), sewer system, and Jewish...

  • Cultural & Historical
  • Architecture

Bob 10.5.10

Belgisches Viertel

A men's boutique showcasing up and coming, avant-garde labels such as Unconditional and Nick Owens. Founded by Hon-TaiShiau and nestled in Brüssler Platz, it could

  • Boutique

Brüsseler Platz

Belgisches Viertel

At the center of the Belgisches Viertel lies this popular meeting place among the too-cool Cologners. Over the years, a back-and-forth over noise control between...

  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Fun & games
  • Food & drink
  • Cultural & Historical

Buchhandlung Walther König

Apostelnviertel

Like its Berlin location, the Cologne branch of Walther-König has an impressive selection of art and architecture books but is well-stocked in other genres as well....

  • Boutique

Ciuciu

Martinsviertel

An astonishing candy shop in the Altstadt, where the large assortments of sweets are all made on-site and in plain view of the customers.

  • Gourmet Shop

Colonia Aktiv Bike Tour

Eigelstein

A well-regarded service, Colonia Aktiv offers guided tours of Cologne that cover everything from its Roman past to its current history. You save money when booking...

  • Eco Tourism
  • Cultural & Historical
  • City Tour
  • Bicycle

Deiters

Martinsviertel

This centrally-located costume store, a branch of a German-wide chain, is tiny but has a proper selection of wild outfits for travelers For those travelers who plan

  • Specialty Shop

Deutches Sport & Olympia Museum

Rheinauhafen

Housed in a 19th-century customs building on the Zollhafen, sports fans will enjoy this exhaustive, Germany-focused tour through the history of the Olympic Games:

  • Sports
  • Museum
  • Architecture

Deutzer Brücke

Deutz

For bridge-connoisseurs, this one may be worth a visit. Originally a self-anchored suspension bridge that collapsed during repairs, it was replaced by the current...

  • Cultural & Historical
  • Architecture

Ehrenfeld

Ehrenfeld is Cologne's multi-cultural, steadily gentrifying district, where artists, young families and entrepreneurs of all sorts are currently migrating in large...

  • Neighborhood

Farina Fragrance Museum

Martinsviertel

Though technically more of a store than a museum, there is something to learn about the history of perfume over the last three centuries, beginning with the Rocco

  • Museum

Groove Attack

Belgisches Viertel

A standard among the Cologne DJs, this record store offers a large selection of unique vinyl in disco, obscure hip-hop, and U.S. rap. It shares its premises with the

  • Store

Groß St. Martin

Martinsviertel

Towering over the Fischmarkt in the Altstadt is Groß St. Martin, an impressive piece of Romanesque church-building that would only pale in comparison to an...

  • Architecture
  • Cultural & Historical

Grüngürtel-Rundweg

Around seven kilometers long, the main portion of Cologne's green belt winds along a half-circle from the Köln-Riehl bank of the Rhine to Luxembourg Straße. It's a...

  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Park
  • Neighborhood
  • Hiking
  • Eco Tourism
  • Cultural & Historical
  • City Tour
  • Bicycle
  • Walking
  • Playground

Hohenzollernbrücke

Another artifact of Cologne's architectural history that was destroyed and then reconstructed, Hohenzollernbrücke remains one of the most heavily used railway...

  • Cultural & Historical
  • Architecture

House of 4711

Altstadt

The similarity between the French name for the city that English-speakers have also adopted ("Cologne") and the fragrance is no accident: Cologne's is its...

  • Specialty Shop

Kiss the Inuit

Agnesviertel

For those conscientious shoppers who like their streetwear environmentally friendly and fairly traded. Sweaters, jeans, boots and yoga clothes for men and women, all

  • Boutique

Kölner Zoo

Riehl

Founded in 1860, the Cologne zoo in the heart of the city houses a vibrant collection of animals and zoo-architecture: a 19th-century menagerie, Moorish-style...

  • Zoo

Kölntriangle

Deutz

The second-tallest skyscraper in Köln, this shining monolith gets its name for the triangular structure that constitutes its foundation. The panorama of Cologne seen...

  • Architecture

Kolumba

Martinsviertel

One of Cologne's oldest museums and hands down its most architecturally inventive, the Kolumba gets its name from the church that, destroyed during the war, once...

  • Art
  • Architecture
  • Museum
  • Cultural & Historical