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Holidays in Cologne

Visting a new city is always a great experience, so why not come and find out what makes Cologne tick?

Holidays in Cologne

This destination lies 6 miles south of Leverkusen, and 290 miles southwest of Berlin, the country's capital.

A few hours at Phantasialand or the MMC Studios is a terrific opportunity for a bit of quality time with the family. If you're hunting for even more fun and excitement, Terrassen-Freibad and Lentpark are some additional options.

Get close to some interesting animals and learn about the environment during an excursion to the Cologne Zoo.

You don't need to be a horticulturalist to delight in the wonderful floral exhibits and well-kept garden beds at the Japanischer Garten. Go for a leisurely stroll along its winding paths and see if there are any upcoming presentations.

Kick off your shoes and enjoy the grass beneath your feet at an oasis of greenery like Flittarder Rheinaue or Forstbotanischer Garten Koln. Also consider sitting back and whiling away some time at Carl-Duisberg-Park or Turnicher Castle Park.

You'll enjoy gazing out across the smooth, glistening water at Stockheimer Hof Recreational Area.

Wander the calm halls, study the captivating displays and talk to the friendly staff. The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and the Romano-Germanic Museum are peaceful places to think and learn something new. If you've got time, also go to the Chocolate Museum and the Museum Ludwig.

Set your imagination free with a trip to the Odysseum, where you'll witness the latest from the science realm.

You needn't be an explorer to experience all of the marvellous wonders of the world, especially when you've got the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum. This place is jam-packed with fascinating specimens and interesting artifacts.

Art lovers journey from all over to soak up Cologne's renowned collections, and the Museum of Applied Art and the Museum of East Asian Art are usually among the first stops on their lists. The Galerie Der Spiegel and the Cologne Kathe Kollwitz Museum shouldn't be skipped either.

Find out about the impact that Cologne's past figures and events had on the nation, and sometimes the world, at the Cologne City Museum and the Bergisches freilichtmuseum Lindlar. For an even deeper look into past events, also check out the Kölnisches Stadtmuseum and the Goldene Kammer.

Cologne has many unique historic sites. Why not begin digging into the city's past at City Hall and the Cologne Triangle Panorama? If you're eager for more, the National Socialist Documentation Centre and Augustusburg Castle should also be on your list.

Explore the border walls and get to know the turbulent history of Cologne Fort Museum, a structure that was instrumental in the defence of this region.

Learn stories of the famous residents who have been able to call Schloss Bruehl and Brühl Palaces home. Look up tours of these magnificent lodgings if you'd like to see the details up close.

Castle Park Gleuel looks like it's leapt from a fantasy book. Stop by and imagine what it would've been like to spend your days in this magnificent building. If you're eager to see more, Falkenlust Castle and Palaces Augustusburg and Falkenlust are just as impressive.

Whether you're a believer or not, houses of worship like Cologne Cathedral and Great St. Martin Church are sure to be among the most tranquil sights you'll experience during your travels. Alternatively, find out if tours are available at the Cologne Synagogue and St Maria im Kapitol.

Don't head off just yet, there's lots more to see and do. Have you ventured to Hohenzollern Bridge and the Cologne Cable Car yet? There's also plenty to keep you occupied at Rheinau Harbour and the Michael Schmacher Kart and Event Centre.

More Cologne Hotels

Hilton Cologne

Hilton Cologne

Marzellenstr. 13-17, Cologne, NW
    4.0 out of 5.0
    4.2 out of 5 (55 reviews)

    The sightseeing around Hilton Cologne gets good marks from our customers. During your stay, you're just a quick walk from Cologne Cathedral. You'll find features ...

    Perfect Location, Great ServiceThis was our first stay with Hilton, and the Cologne Hilton is a credit to the brand. We landed around 10.30am and enquired on the off chance a room was available, it was and so we were checked in early and were able to explore the city straight away. Check in was efficient and the staff were really ...
    k4te16 Mar 2015

    Hilton Cologne€84

    Hilton Cologne€84
    Maritim Hotel Köln

    Maritim Hotel Köln

    Heumarkt 20, Cologne, NW
      4.0 out of 5.0
      4.1 out of 5 (63 reviews)

      Our customers tell us they enjoy Maritim Hotel Köln's central location. During your stay, you're just a quick walk from Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. Enjoy features ...

      Great locationGenerally good. Bit of a mix up with our booking but nothing to spoil the trip. Most staff were very helpful, except one lady who was quite short with us and not very helpful. Facilities were great although due to the time of year we were unable to book into the restaurant on the fifth floor. Good ...
      Julesxx8 Dec 2014

      Maritim Hotel Köln€87

      Maritim Hotel Köln€87
      Wyndham Köln

      Wyndham Köln

      Breslauer Platz 2, Cologne, NW
        4.0 out of 5.0
        3.8 out of 5 (54 reviews)

        Our customers tell us they enjoy Wyndham Köln's quiet location. During your stay, you're just a quick walk from Romano-Germanic Museum. Free WiFi in public areas, ...

        Good location, good value hotel but not 4*The location is great, right next to the train station so easy access to everywhere. The hotel itself is fine, I would say more a 2/3* but we didn't really spend long enough in there to be bothered by it. It's not a luxury hotel, just a place to sleep in between getting out and about in Cologne. ...
        Russ H.28 Oct 2015

        Wyndham Köln€67

        Wyndham Köln€67
        Novum Hotel Leonet Köln Altstadt

        Novum Hotel Leonet Köln Altstadt

        Rubensstrasse 33, Cologne, NW
          3.0 out of 5.0
          3.2 out of 5 (39 reviews)

          Our customers tell us that they enjoy the breakfast at Novum Hotel Leonet Köln Altstadt. During your stay, you're just a quick walk from Volkstheater Millowitsch. ...

          Great shopping weekend in CologneWe spent a lovely weekend in Cologne. We were there for four full days and nights. The hotel was very comfortable and clean. The rooms were a decent size. The staff were friendly and helpful. The breakfast was very tasty. It is in a good location for a lot of the restaurant and club areas in town. ...
          Deirdre S.4 Feb 2015

          Novum Hotel Leonet Köln Altstadt€51

          Novum Hotel Leonet Köln Altstadt€51

          ^Savings based on all holiday package bookings with Flight + Hotel made on from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 as compared to the price of the same components booked separately. Savings will vary based on origin/destination, length of trip, stay dates and selected travel supplier(s). Savings not available on all packages.

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