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What to See: Shrine of the Magi at Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral is very significant in Cologne’s skyline due to its impressive appearance. No other building nearby is allowed to overtop it, so the Cologne Cathedral will not be outshone. At the same time, it is often forgotten that a big treasure lies inside this world cultural heritage site.
What to Know: Cathedral Tour at night
Six million people visit Cologne Cathedral each year, therefore it can be quite noisy and uncomfortable during the daytime and difficult to focus on the atmosphere of this impressive building. Therefore we recommend joining a guided tour after the official visiting hours.
Where to Eat: Culinary highlights near Cologne Cathedral
Frueh am Dom: Cologne’s third largest Koelsch brewery, T: +49 221 2613 215 Glaushaus Restaurant: international cuisine with views of the cathedral as well as the Rhine river and Hohenzollernbridge, T: +49 221 8281 1760.
What to Bring Home: Dom Edition
Following the way from the forecourt of Cologne Cathedral in the direction of Café Richard, you will directly reach the Cologne shop. Here you can find nice and stylish souvenirs as well as products from the Dom Edition. As the name already says, these products are all about Cologne Cathedral.
Hohe Strasse / Schildergasse
The two traditional shopping streets in Cologne are the HoheStrasse and the Schildergasse. Hohe Strasse is instantly adjacent to Cologne Cathedral and the course has not changed ever since the Romans built it 2,000 years ago. On Schildergasse, directly connected to Hohe Strasse, there are predominantly fashion stores and shoe stores.
More than 70 high-class shops in the areas of fashion, jewelry, accessories and shoes can be found on one of the most exclusive shopping streets in Cologne, offering many desirable labels. There are exclusive boutiques such as AIGNER, La Perla and APROPOS Concept Store.
Breite Strasse is one of the most interesting shopping streets in the center of Cologne, due to the old, glorious buildings that are now stores. Offered is a fine combination of industries with many businesses that are still run by the original owners.
Brüsseler Street is a real insider tip and centrally located in the modern district of the Belgian Quarter. Besides beautiful, small shops you will find cute cafés, restaurants and bars that invite you to relax and enjoy yourself. It’s a place in which you can perfectly combine shopping and dining, slightly away from the busy city centre.
At the Chocolate Museum of Cologne you can learn more about the origin of chocolate and its importance in the past. The Chocolate Museum enables both young and old to journey through time. Here, you will find the answers to these and many other questions about everyone’s favourite, chocolate
The Roman mosaics featuring scenes from the world of Dionysus (around 220/230 AD) and the reconstructed tomb of the legionary Poblicius (around 40 AD) are probably the most famous works of art in the Roman-Germanic Museum in Cologne. The collection draws on the archaeological heritage of the city and its surroundings from prehistoric times to the early Middle Ages.
The Ludwig Museum is home to art from the 20th and 21st centuries. It is located just southeast of Cologne Cathedral and the main train station. In addition to its collection of modern art, it offers the Agfa-Photo-Historama (a collection of historical photography), as well as an outstanding art museum and library.
The Wallraf-Richartz Museum & Foundation Corboud in Cologne is one of the great classical art galleries in Germany. The oldest museum in the city of Cologne, it is home to the world’s largest collection of medieval paintings, especially those from the Cologne school of painting, and a representative selection of art from the 16th and 17th centuries. Home also to the works of the Foundation Corboud, the museum has the largest collection of Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist art in Germany. Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
Concerts & Musicals
The Lanxess Arena is a multi-functional hall in Cologne. Its up to 20,000 seats, 83,700 sq m of floor space, diverse dining, modern stage, and sound and lighting technology make it suitable for many types of events, including sports, concerts, musicals, conventions and meetings.
The Philharmonie of Cologne is a concert hall erected in 1986 in the buildings of the Ludwig Museum and is still considered as one of the most modern concert halls in the world. It is modelled after an amphitheatre in order to obtain the best acoustics.
The Musical Dome in Cologne has an unusual glass-and-steel construction and is a unique theatre. It is an architectural focal point directly on the Rhine promenade in the heart of the Old Town next to the cathedral and offering space for 1,700 guests.
Old Town & Cologne Cathedral
The oldest and probably most popular tourist hotspot in Cologne is the historic Old Town, where a multitude of small streets and colourful old houses were rebuilt carefully after the Second World War. Here you can also find one of the most famous landmarks of the city, the Cologne Cathedral, which is 157.38 m high, the second highest church building in Europe and the third highest in the world. The cathedral is located about 250 m from the Rhine next to the former Roman city border. In 1996, the Cologne Cathedral was placed on the World Heritage List and is one of Germany’s most popular attractions.
Romanesque Churches & Claudius Therme
Cologne is a stronghold of Romanesque church architecture, with 12 such churches located in the city, all of which were built before 1248. Each has great individuality and one is more beautiful than the other. Their distinguishing characteristics are the typical Roman arches and the thick, fortress-like walls. The Claudius Therme in Cologne’s Rhine Park is one of the most beautiful spas in Europe. With its attractive architecture, a reference to the bathing culture of the Romans, the spa blends harmoniously with the beautiful parkland.
Various brew houses and cafés invite guests to stop by and linger. You can take part in a brew house tour and learn about Cologne’s brew house culture during a stroll through the beautiful Old Town and a freshly tapped Kölsch. Together with our partner KölnZeit GbR we can organise a brew house tour or a historic sightseeing tour through the Old Town for you.
This traditional house in the "Glockengasse" is the birthplace and home of the famous brand 4711. It is also one of the most famous sites in Cologne and a cultural treasure of the city. Every hour, the chimes ring out over the city with the Marseillaise, the faithful hussar and a third seasonal song that changes every hour. Monday to Friday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm Saturday from 9:30 am to 6:00 pm
River Cruise Tours
Explore Cologne from its most beautiful side. On board of the ships you will have the best panoramic view of Cologne. Numerous shipping companies offer round trips or evening cruises on the River Rhine. “Köln Düsseldorfer” (KD) shipping company for example offers one hour panorama cruise tours and special evening cruises along the beautiful skyline of Cologne. Evening tours on Saturdays include a buffet, beverages and music on board. The pier is located opposite of the hotel, on the other side of the Rhine (Frankenwerft). Our concierge will be delighted to assist you with the booking and inform you about departure times. T: +49 221 8281 1533 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A different city tour - Cologne by bike
Bike trips through the city of Cologne are especially popular when the weather is right. In addition to sights from the Roman and medieval times, the parks, the “Grüngürtel” green belt and of course Cologne’s many local breweries and pubs, you can also discover things less known to the masses during your bike trip. At the hotel we can provide you with four bikes for exploring the city of Cologne, so you do not have to worry about finding a bicycle rental shop. A lending fee of €15 per bike will be charged to your room. Our concierge is more than happy to assist you in planning your trip. You can contact our concierge for assistance T: +49 221 828 1234 or send an e-mail to email@example.com