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Cologne’s excellent restaurants, cutting-edge fashion, and international cultural events make it the perfect city for a 5-star vacation in Europe. As one of the most important centers for film and media in the country, Cologne has no shortage of well-heeled creative types, and the city’s elite boutiques and hair salons are a natural consequence of its stylish residents. Home to several professional symphony orchestras, top art galleries, modern theatre, and live shows, Cologne will keep you entertained from morning to night.

Things to see in Cologne

The Kölner Dom is a stunning Gothic cathedral so central to the city’s identity that Cologne’s most common nickname is die Domstadt, the cathedral city. Don’t miss the modern stained-glass design by Gerhard Richter in one of the south-facing windows and the panorama of the city from the top of the towers. Right by the cathedral is the world-class art museum, Museum Ludwig, hosting temporary international exhibitions and one of the most extensive Picasso exhibitions in Europe. From there, it is just a short stroll to the Farina-Haus, the flagship store of world-famous 4711 Eau de Cologne. There are tours available of this renowned fragrance museum and an elegant store means you can stock up on authentic gifts right from the source. To top off your 5-star Cologne vacation, stroll as far as Mittelstraße, an exclusive shopping boulevard with international designer labels and elite independent boutiques.

5-star hotels in Cologne

Whether you prefer the clean lines of a modern concept hotel, the ornate gardens of an elegant former castle, or the comfort and convenience of an exclusive city center hotel, there is an excellent selection of top-class accommodation in Cologne. Buffet breakfasts are the norm in 5-star Cologne hotels, many of which are also home to some of the city’s best restaurants. Most of the top hotels include full-length swimming pools and extensive spa and health club areas, and many also offer conference rooms and business facilities, as well as airport transfer and valet parking.

Where to stay in Cologne

The Altstadt area close to the cathedral is an excellent choice for anyone visiting Cologne. There are four Michelin-star restaurants within a five-minute walk of the cathedral, so an excellent meal is never far away. The Neustadt-Nord area around Ebertplatz is another great choice for those who’d prefer to avoid the busier city center. It is a relaxed area with lots of café and restaurant options, and the best French restaurant in Cologne is right nearby. For those looking for serious retail therapy, some of the best 5-star hotels in Cologne are in the Innenstadt, an area surrounded by countless shopping, dining and entertainment options.

How to get to Cologne

The closest airport to Cologne offering domestic and some international connections is Köln Bonn Flughafen, a short 20-minute cab ride from the city center. Düsseldorf Airport offers a wider range of airlines and international flights. Frankfurt Airport is just over 1 hour 30 minutes away by car or 60 minutes by train and is a major hub for international flights and 5-star travel to Cologne. First-class train tickets are readily available for train transfers directly from Frankfurt Airport to Cologne city center, which can be a less time-consuming and more convenient option than choosing an additional flight transfer for time-pressed travelers.

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