Cologne City Guide
Cologne (German: Köln; local dialect: Kölle) is Germany's fourth-largest city (after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich), and is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area (one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants).
It is one of the oldest cities in Germany, having been founded by the Romans in the year 38 BC. Cologne was granted the status of a Roman "city" in the year 50 AD.
Nowadays Cologne is a centre of economy and trade, with Cologne’s hotels accommodating thousands of exhibitors and visitors of the manifold fairs and markets.
Cologne, the cathedral city, will meet any of your requirements – from extraordinary exhibitions of art to excellent shopping possibilities. And how could you spend the end of an exciting day better than at your cosy Cologne hotel.
Cologne, the fair city, provides for a large number of hotels in all price ranges, some of them offering wellness applications for your relaxation.
Despite Cologne being a vital traffic hub, we recommend you to explore the city by foot or by its well-organised public transportation systems, for many drivers are more occupied with finding a suitable parking space than with driving itself. Most of Cologne’s hotels offer their own car park for their guests.
Cologne is worth visiting in every season, especially during Cologne Carnival, which is one of the biggest street festivals in Europe. Cologne Carnival is taking place annually: the season officially starts on 11th November at 11 minutes after 11 a.m. with the proclamation of the new Carnival Season, and it continues until Ash Wednesday.
Since there are numerous sports events in Cologne, we recommend you to book your hotel well in advance. Sports fans will definitely enjoy their stay in Cologne and may choose between visiting an ice hockey game, betting at horse racing or cheering at bikers during their tour around Cologne.
Cologne’s houses of worship, especially Cologne Cathedral, and the many historic buildings stemming from Roman times, are evidence of Cologne’s cultural importance.
Cologne is a centre of modern industry and technology as well as home to a variety of TV and radio channels.
While staying at your Cologne hotel, you will receive vital information about the ongoing events, so you will be able to purchase tickets for the theatre ort he sport stadium in time.
Cologne is also famous for its beautiful zoo that, similar to Cologne’s hotels, accommodates guests from all over the world.