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Cologne is a modern metropolis dense with culture, from ancient Roman archeology and reminders of the city’s medieval past all the way to cutting-edge contemporary music and design. Home of the famous Kölner Karneval, the city has a strong local identity, combining traditional good humor and local beer with a reputation for tolerance, open-mindedness, and cosmopolitanism. The warm culture, stunning architecture, and buzzing nightlife are the perfect ingredients for an exciting and fulfilling 4-star vacation in Cologne.

Things to see in Cologne

An unmissable symbol of the city is the Kölner Dom, a breathtaking Gothic cathedral with intricate decorations and a stunning panorama of the city from the top of its towers. Just a short walk from the cathedral is the home of the 4711 Original Eau de Cologne, where you can take a tour of the House of 4711 and pick up a bottle as an authentic gift from Cologne. Well worth a visit is the outstanding Museum Ludwig, a huge modern art gallery with a large Picasso exhibition, as well as collections by major German and international artists. A wander around the stylish shopping streets between Breite Straße and Mittelstraße is a great way to spend a relaxed afternoon browsing top designer labels. Finally, a lesser-known but excellent museum is the El-De Haus or NS Documentation Center of the City of Cologne, a sobering reminder of the dark chapters of the city’s history.

4-star hotels in Cologne

As a prominent destination for all kinds of visitors from leisure tourists to business travelers, there is a great selection and range of 4-star accommodation in Cologne. Many of the larger four-star hotels in Cologne accommodate visitors to the major events and conferences held in the international trade fair and exhibition center, Koelnmesse, so these hotels are equipped with conference rooms, high-speed WiFi, and quality restaurants to business-class standard. It’s normal for 4-star Cologne hotels to include excellent spa and sports facilities and some also offer free breakfast, airport transfers, and car parking.

Where to stay in Cologne

Cologne’s city center is compact and its spider’s-web layout with Ring roads surrounding the city center makes it easy to navigate. The Altstadt, or Old Town, is a charming area and a convenient base for exploring the city’s main attractions—here you’ll find many of Cologne’s top 4-star hotels, as well as plenty of restaurants and bars within a short walking distance. The 4-star hotels around the cathedral and the Hauptbahnhof (main train station) are particularly convenient for those staying for a short trip and traveling without a car. There is also a great selection of 4 star hotels in Cologne in the quieter Südstadt district of the city.

How to get to Cologne

The closest airport to Cologne is Köln/Bonn airport, a primarily domestic airport with a number of international connections. It is close enough to the city for a taxi transfer and the train connection is quick and convenient. Nearby Düsseldorf International Airport offers a larger choice of international and domestic flights—transfers to Cologne by car take around 50 minutes, or under an hour by train. Frankfurt Airport, offering a huge selection of international airlines and business-class connections, is around two hours by car, or a little over an hour by high-speed train.

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