Apartment, Accommodation & Rooms in Cologne
is Germany’s fourth largest cities and is located relatively close to the Dutch and Belgium borders. It has excellent connections with the rest of Germany as well as Amsterdam
. People from Cologne are known for their openness and friendliness and you’ll find them willing to help and point you in the right direction. Cologne is steeped in history perhaps more than you might think and there is much more to see than just Cologne Cathedral
including Roman ruins. Cologne has a forward thinking, modern and metropolitan air to it and there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this fantastic German city. Instead of booking a hotel or hostel in Cologne, have you considered renting a holiday apartment or guesthouse in Cologne? Wimdu has a wide selection of accommodation in Cologne, from cosy apartments by the Rhine to guesthouses in the heart of the picturesque city centre.
Cologne’s Cathedral was the tallest building in the world between the years 1880 to 1884!
One of Europe’s largest Pride
events takes place in Cologne.
More than 6 million people climb Cologne Cathedral’s 533 steps to the top each year.
Cologne has lots of churches including 12 from the time of the Romans.
Cologne is called Köln
What to see and do in Cologne
is the most famous tourist attraction in the city and visiting it is considered an essential part of any trip to Cologne. The Cathedral is the second tallest church in Europe and stands at 157m high. It is one of Germany’s best loved and most visited landmarks and took an astonishing 500+ years to build! It is built of sandstone and smog caused by heavy industry in the area has coloured the building black over the years. Thankfully it survived World War 2 mostly intact and its gothic facade and towering spires dominate the city horizon. Enter the church and admire the breathtaking design of the interior. If you’re fit you can also climb the steep stairs to the top of the Cathedral for a spectacular view over the city. Tours of the Cathedral are not expensive and you’ll learn a great deal about the history of this fine building. The Cathedral contains many treasures including the world’s largest swinging bell. You will often find Cologne accommodation companies claiming to give you the best proximity to the city's famous attraction. However in reality the city centre is so easily accessible that the location of your Cologne holiday apartment does not need to be at the top of you priorities.
Away from the Cathedral, Cologne has much to offer. The city’s origins date back to Roman times and there are plenty of relics in the city left over from this era. The Römisch-Germanisches Museum
is an archaeological museum that displays a collection of items excavated from sites in and around Cologne. There are pottery, glass, jewellery and statue displays – you’ll need a few hours to take it all in! At the beginning of Severinstrasse
in the southern part of the centre you’ll find the Severin Tor
, an old Roman gate. There are also 12 Roman churches in the city – hunt down St Kunibert Church
for its beautiful stained glass and St Andreas Church
for its 14th century frescoes.
Shopping and nightlife
(old city) area of Cologne will of interest to most tourists. The aforementioned Severinstrasse
is a colourful street full of historical buildings, cosy restaurants and small shops. It’s a nice to spend the early evening and you’ll find many nice squares in the area with warm and inviting bars lining the edge. Speaking of night life, Cologne has good nightlife and you can find good clubs on the square called Barrisoplatz
. Cologne has its own beer – Kölsch
– served in small Dutch-style glasses. There are plenty of beer halls in Cologne that are well worth a visit and the atmosphere is typically German – loud, high spirited and always fun!
Cologne Bonn Airport
is located to the south east of the city. The most convenient and easy way to reach the city centre is to take the S-Bahn suburban train from the airport. The journey takes 25 minutes and the train leaves every 20 minutes. Tickets must be purchased from a ticket machine before you enter the train. Once you’re in Cologne, travelling around the city centre is quick and simple. The public transport system is called the KVB and several passes available depending on how long you are staying. It is advisable that you look for an holiday apartment close to one of these stops. Subway trains and trams are interchangeable and you might find your train rising above ground and travelling down a street! The transport system is extremely reliable and a pleasure to use! You might also prefer to travel around Cologne on foot. The city is flat so you won’t find it to strenuous and most sights of interest are within walking distance. Whilst you are visiting the area you might want to visit nearby Bonn
, Germany’s former capital city. Bonn is located to the south of the city and it takes 30 minutes to travel there by train. You can also take a boat if you prefer to travel at a more leisurely pace! There’s lots to see in Bonn – the Museum of Contemporary History
, Rheinische Landesmuseum
, Beethoven’s House
and the Doppelkirche Church
. Due to the proximity of many major cities, visitors will often take a holiday apartment in Cologne with the view to exploring the numerous other attractions in its neighbouring city. We recommend you take a look at our travel guides for these places.