Klner DomHours: M-Su 06:00-19:30Price: Entry into the cathedral is free but you will be asked for a donation. Admission to the tower costs: 3, reduced: 1.50, family: 6. Admission to the treasury costs: 5, reduced: 2.50, family: 10 however, a combined ticket granting you admission to the treasury and tower can be purchased for (regular/reduced/family): 6/3/15Protected by UNESCO. It took over 630 years to complete this monumental cathedral. In 1880 the cathedral was finally consecrated. Cologne's Dom is the first sight you will notice when taking the main exit from the central station. (If you don't see it, you've taken the back exit.) If you are in good shape, take the 509 stairs to the top of the south tower. It takes about an hour, so wear comfortable shoes, but it's worth the hike. Touring the Cathedral is forbidden during Mass.
12 Romanesque Churches - Between 1150 and 1250 saw the construction of numerous churches in the Romanesque style.
St. Kunibertwith wonderful stained glass windows
St. SeverinIm Ferkelum 29it is the oldest Christian foundation in Cologne
St. GereonGereonsdriesch 2The originality of this church lie in its elliptic floor plan and the addition, in 1220, of a decagon between its towers
Gro-St. MartinAn Gro St. Martin 9
St. CcilienCcilienstrae 29today Museum Schntgen
Die Klner SynagogeRoonstrae 50Phone: +49 221 921-5600Fax: +49 221/921560-9The synagogue is notable for its architecture that looks, well, right out of Gotham City. The Torah within the synagogue was rescued by a Catholic priest from another synagogue as it was being burned during Nazi rule. In August 2005 Pope Benedict XVI visited the synagogue, becoming the second pope to ever visit a synagogue.
PraetoriumAn accessible archaeological site with the ruins of the ancient Roman Praetorium of Colonia.
Grzenich dance hallThe Grzenich is a municipal concert hall and multi-purpose festival hall
Remains of city walls and fortifications
ruins of Roman city walls and two towers
Ruins of Middle Ages city walls and towers
Veedel - City Quarters
Cologne is well known for its "Veedel" or traditional neighbourhoods.
– Here, most notably in the bohemian Agnesviertel
, you can find independent designers, bookshops, bars, and art galleries. There are also historical monuments, such as the North City Gate or Eigelsteintorburg
in the Agnesviertel, very near to Fort X
, built to protect the city from French attacks, and Agneskirche
, a late neo-gothic
church on the boulevardesque Neusserstraße
. Neusserstraße also has a yoga school, an Aikido school, a Japanese restaurant, a well-stocked bookshop, and a range of pubs. Nearby you will find the Alte Feuerwache
, where there are regular exhibitions on political topics and a surreal flea market every four weeks in summer. Opposite Alte Feuerwache is the Artclub
, with regular exhibitions of contemporary art, and on Ebertplatz there is a cinema (Metropolis) which shows films in the original (mostly English, but sometimes also French or Spanish). On nearby Lübeckerstrasse, you will find the uncompromisingly Arty Filmpalette
cinema. To round off a trip to the Agnesviertel, you might like a kölsch in the Lapidarium
(right beside the North City Gate) or a coffee in Cafe Schmitz
, Cologne's grooviest poser hangout (they also do a great breakfast.) All of these great places are within a short walk of Ebertplatz U-Bahn.
Eigelstein – around the Eigelsteintorburg, U-Bahn "Ebertplatz"
Martinsviertel / Altstadt – Old town between Rhine, Heumarkt, Alter Markt and Dom, (Cologne Cathedral), U-Bahn "Rathaus" or "Heumarkt"
Severinsviertel and Südstadt – around the Severinstorburg, U-Bahn "Clodwigplatz"
Kwartier Latäng – Quartier students Stadtbahn "Zülpicher Platz"
Belgisches Viertel – Stadtbahn "Moltkestraße"
Ehrenfeld – U-Bahn "Körnerstraße"
Hohenzollern BridgeAlso called the Locking Bridge. If you walk to the back of the Klner Dom along a straight path, there is a bridge on the Rhine to your right that is covered in padlocks. The locks are placed there by couples to show their loyalty to each other. Couples often have their names and a significant date inscribed on the locks. There are other places across the world that have "love padlocks".
RheinauhafenThis completely rebuilt area combines modern extravagant architecture with historical harbour buildings. The old Rheinauhafen opened in 1898 and became necessary due to increasing amount of freight traffic. The new Rheinauhafen is a mix of office buildings and appartement buildings and gastronomy. Directly located on a peninsula of the Rhine (1 km southern of Heumarkt) it is an invitation for a beautiful walk along the river or for having lunch or dinner. Also see the separate itinerary article for a walking tour.
Parks: Cologne has 2 park areas (Grüngürtel) encircling the city (immediately outside the medieval city limits) and nearly the entire town, respectively, which were set aside as public recreation areas after World War I. The inner Grüngürtel is probably more easy to reach for tourists who only stay a few days. Most notably are Volksgarten, Rheinpark, Hiroshima-Nagasaki- (colloquially known as Aachener-Weiher-) and Stadtgarten parks where thousands of people come together to enjoy the sun, play and barbecue when the weather is fine. All these parks have an associated beer garden. Be aware to dispose any packaging, charcoal etc. into the waste bins (which are unfortunately few and far between), as the city has begun to employ anti-littering patrols that will levy a stiff fine on anyone seen littering. Metro: Eifelplatz for Volksgarten, Universitätsstraße for Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Park, Hans-Böckler-Platz/Bahnhof West for Stadtgarten, Bahnhof Deutz for Rheinpark.
Flora and Botanical GardenPrice: Admission free
Museums and Galleries
Cologne has one of the world's best collections of museums and galleries for a city of its size. As well as world class museums of art and archaeology, Cologne boasts two museums of ecclesiastical art, both housed in architecturally stunning buildings. There is also an ethnographic museum, a chocolate museum, the German Sport Museum and an abundance of Roman remains.
One can purchase a MuseumsCard from one of the municipal museums (such as the first five listed below). The single card cost €15, the family card, which costs €28, entitles 2 adults and 2 children (under 18) free admission to each of the municipal museums during two consecutive opening days. On its first day of validity, it can also be used as a ticket on all buses and trams on the cologne transportation system VRS.
Museum LudwigBischofsgartenstrae 1Email: email@example.comPhone: +49 221 26165Fax: +49 221-24114Hours: Tue Sun: 10AM 6PMPrice: Admission: 11, concessions: 7.50, families: 22A museum of modern art, near the central railway station and the Cathedral hosts a worthy regular exhibition, as well as temporary exhibitions. Rmisch-Germanisches MuseumRoncalliplatz 4Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgPhone: +49 221 22304Fax: +49 221-24030Hours: Tu-Su 10:00-17:00Price: Admission: 8.00 (9.50 including admission to the Praetorium (an excavation of various buildings)), reduced: 4.00 / 5Rmisch-Germanisches Museum explores the history of Roman history in Cologne and the surrounding area. The museum's tour guides are exceptionally dull and can make any visit seem like it lasted just as long as the Roman empire. If you can, wander around the museum by yourself. KolumbaKolumbastrae 4A Christian art museum. An architectural wonder designed by Peter Zumthor and a feast for the senses; this museum, built in concordance with the ancient foundations of the shrine of Mary in the rubble contains a selection of historical and contemporary religious art. Worth visiting just to explore the spiritually inspiring spaces and the beautiful walkway through the ruins of the past. Schokoladenmuseum KlnAm Schokoladenmuseum 1aHours: Opening hours: Tu-F 10:00-18:00, Sa Su and holidays 11:00-19:00, closed on Mondays. Last admittance one hour before closingChocolate Museum in Cologne. It's a short visit but very interesting exhibits. Admission: 8.50, concessions: 6, Family pass: 24.
OverstolzenhausOne of the oldest extant houses in Cologne, built between 1220 and 1225, with an impressive romaneque faade. Built as a residence for a local patrician, today it houses the Academy of Media Arts.
Kunsthaus LempertzThe famous German art merchants and auctioneers, founded in 1845 (although the building itself is from 1952, reconstructed after the Second World War).
PostamtDreiknigenstrae 23The former post office built from red brick in 1906 is now used as a theatre.
WasserturmThe former water tower built in 1868-1872 is now used as a luxury boutique hotel. The 11th floor (at 35 metres) houses a terrace and glass covered dining/meeting room, which can be rented out for private functions (the Michelin-starred restaurant that used to be hosted there is no longer in operation as of May 2013).
WolkenburgThe baroque estate was built in 1734 for a benedictine convent, but is used today by the 190-strong man choir Klner Mnner-Gesang-Verein Ccilia Wolkenburg. It is also an event centre.
SeverinsbrckeCompleted in 1959, the cable-stayed bridge provided a relief for the Deutzer Brcke. Although not outstanding visually as such, it provides a nice view of both banks of the Rhine if you care to walk it.
Churches and other religious buildings
KartuserkircheThe church belonged to the local charterhouse (a monastery of the Carthusian order) until 1794, when the monastery was closed and the church was used variously as a warehouse or a military hospital until the 1920s, when it was restored to its religious function by a local protestant community, whom it serves as a church until today. After reconstruction, it features an impressive pipe organ array with glockenspiel.
DreiknigenpfrtchenOne of the best-hidden gems of Cologne, the small yet ornate gothic gate once led to an "immunity" belonging to the convent based at the St. Maria im Kapitol.
St. Gregorius im ElendNeobaroque church from the early 19th century
St. Johann BaptistThis catholic church is one of the oldest in Cologne, predating even the famous romanesque churches, as it was founded in 948. It has seen many additions and reconstructions throughout the centuries, and was almost totally destroyed during the Second World War. Its current form is an eclectic reconstruction finished in the early 1960s.
Former franciscan convent with St. Marien churchNested inconspiciously between contemporary residential buildings is this impressive complex with gothic-inspired decorations
St. Peter churchLeonhard-Tietz-Strasse 6The lesser-known next-door neighbour of St. Ccilien
St. Maria vom Frieden church and conventBaroque convent complex from the 17th century
TrinitatiskircheFilzengraben 6This 19th-century evangelical church provides both regular religious services and serves as a venue for various cultural, especially musical, events.
Dominated by two very utilitarian land uses, the fairgrounds in the north and the actually functional freight harbour of Cologne in the south, Deutz is not without long history and much heritage and charm in its built environment as well. While the left Rhine bank is clearly the dominant one in Cologne, Deutz is where you can get the best views of it across the Rhine, and this is a reason alone to cross the river and get there, but by far not the only one.
Kln-TriangleOttoplatz 1Email: email@example.comPhone: +49 2234 9921-555Hours: 1 May30 Sep MoFr 11:0022:00, weekends and public holidays 10:0022:00; 1 Oct30 Apr MoFr 12:0018:00, weekends and public holidays 10:0018:00; The viewing terrace is closed during bad weather (like storm or hail)Price: Admission is 3 for a single person, every additional member of the same party pays 2 only.The Kln-Triangle is a high rise building in Deutz, immediately by the waterfront. It is a part of a building complex fronted by the Rhine-facing Hyatt hotel and is hard to miss due to its prominence and quite easily accessible from both Deutz and the left bank of the Rhine (simply cross the Hochenzollern bridge from the Altstadt). On its 29th floor, it has a viewing terrace called Panorama, which is publicly accessible via a lift for a relatively reasonable fee. The terrace has glass all around it for both safety purposes and for exhibiting the names of various landmarks you can see from it. If you want to take really good photos, you may want to have a piece of cloth with you to clean the glass of fingerprints and such.
Bahnhof Kln-DeutzThe historic building of the station now know as Kln Messe/Deutz is an interesting piece of architectural heritage many visitors to Cologne miss as they exit the station on the fairgrounds side.
ESSO Station An der KlnarenaYou may wonder what's so special about a gas station, but you will understand once you see its 1950s architecture with the unique structured roof and learn that it is the oldest gas station in Cologne in continuous operation.
Deutzer FreiheitThe main shopping street of Deutz, with not only retail opportunities but also many historic buildings along the way.