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Set against the stunning backdrop of the River Rhine, Germany’s fourth largest city offers an idyllic location for a family city break. The city’s Roman history, museum landscape, and picturesque Old Town means there’s plenty to entertain the parents and keep the kids busy for hours on end. With zoos teeming with exotic wildlife, adventure parks with hair-raising rides, and museums dedicated entirely to chocolate, you’re guaranteed a fun-filled family vacation in Cologne.

Things to see in Cologne

Those traveling with kids to Cologne should kick-start their vacation with an introduction to the city’s Roman past at the Roman Germanic museum, where children can explore archeological excavations and learn about its ancient history. The museum is situated right next to another must-see landmark—the Kölner Dom. Families with older children can climb the hundreds of steps to the top of this stunning cathedral for an exquisite panoramic view of the city below. Explore Cologne from a different angle and take a guided boat tour along the River Rhine. Situated along the river is the ever-popular Chocolate Museum with a giant chocolate fountain—the stuff of most kids’ wildest dreams! For a real treat, take a day trip to Phantasialand adventure park, which offers promotional prices for children, or Cologne Zoo where the little ones can pay a visit to the gentle giants in the elephant park.

Family-friendly hotels in Cologne

Cologne is known for being a child-friendly town, so you certainly won’t be stuck when it comes to finding a hotel that’s suitable for the whole gang. Family-friendly accommodation in Cologne comes in all different shapes and sizes, from international brands and independent hotels, to cozy B&Bs so pick one that’s right for you. Most hotels offer free breakfast and WiFi as standard, and many have an on-site restaurant so you won’t have to venture far with the little ones in the evenings. Shop around a little for extras like a rooftop terrace where the adults can relax with a drink, or an outdoor garden area for kids to play in.

Where to stay in Cologne

The Altstadt is an ideal location for families as all of the main attractions are within easy walking distance and much of the area is pedestrianized, making it easier to get around with the little tots. For a variety of family-friendly hotels in Cologne, Neustadt-Nord is another convenient option. This residential area has plenty of open spaces for the kids to run around and is just a stones’ throw from Kölner Dom and Cologne Zoo. Families traveling by car should consider staying in Ehrenfeld, a beautiful area in close proximity to verdant parks and lush forests.

How to get to Cologne

Cologne Bonn International Airport is Cologne’s main airport and is a hub for domestic and international flights. Dusseldorf Airport is less than an hour from Cologne and offers an even wider variety of international connections. Families traveling by car will be pleased to hear that Cologne has an excellent road network and is under an hour’s drive from the Dutch and Belgian borders. The city center is just a 15-minute train ride from Cologne Bonn Airport and families can take advantage of discounted prices for groups. A large part of the city center is pedestrianized and the tram and bus system (KVB) is safe and easy to navigate, making for a stress-free family break in Cologne.

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