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Cologne Holiday Packages

Architectural wonders and light-hearted fun abound in Cologne, Germany, where revellers enjoy the city's signature Kolsch beer during springtime Carnival or just about any other time of year. Sitting on the banks of the Rhine River, this city with a million residents offers much more than beer-filled festivities. Museums, sporting events and music venues provide tourists who book Cologne packages with tons of opportunities for cultural exploits and amusements.

Things to Do in Cologne

Visitors to Cologne quite literally can't miss its centrepiece. The High Gothic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Mary has twin 157-metre spires and is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. Constructed in 1248, it houses ancient keepsakes and offers visitors impressive views of Cologne's old city.

If the weather has you saying “Baby, it’s Kolsch outside,” head indoors to one of Cologne's museums. The Ludwig Museum and Wallraf-Richartz Museum house works by European masters like Rembrandt and Renoir along with more modern artists like Picasso and Warhol. If it’s sunny skies above, travel back in time in Old Town, where you'll find traditional homes, monuments and churches as well as Old Town Hall, the oldest public building in Germany.

Want to get active? Take the cable car across the river to the Cologne Zoological Gardens at Rhine Park. Any protests will be “irrelephant” once you see the gorgeous Moorish-style elephant house. For great views of the city—and if the weather is right, Dusseldorf—go to the 100-m KolnTriangle Panorama. And if the spirit strikes, use one of Wotif’s car hire options in Cologne to reach the charming town of Bruhl, 15 kilometres away. There, you'll find museums, palaces and Phantasialand, one of Europe's largest theme parks.

Shopping, Dining & Nightlife

Cologne holidays draw shoppers for high-end designers, mass market retailers and unique wares by local artisans. With its massive department stores, you won’t be “Cologne-ly” in Schildergasse, the most popular destination. Find small shops that offer more eclectic goods in Ehrenfeld. And if you're there in December, the nine Christmas Markets are the place to be. Artists create holiday masterpieces before your eyes as the smell of mulled cider fills the streets.

With more than 3,000 pubs and restaurants, something is sure to tempt you in Cologne. Visit a traditional brewhouse for beer and delicacies like hammche (boiled pork knuckle), Kolsche kaviar (black pudding with onions) and halver hahn (rye bread with gouda, mustard and onions).

In German, the word Feierabend translates to "celebratory evening," and people in Cologne take it quite seriously. Pursue hoppy-ness and make friends with strangers at the traditional beer halls in Old Town. The "Kobes" (bartenders) will keep filling your glass until you cover it with a beer pad, so get ready for a night to remember—or forget.

What's Next?

Whether you're bringing the family or taking a romantic getaway or group excursion, you’ll find the best airfare and accommodation combos with Wotif’s Cologne holiday packages. And when you’re done enjoying Kolsch life on the banks of the Rhine, add one of our Berlin package deals and head 550 kilometres west to finish your holiday adventure in “The Millennium City”.


Guide to Exploring Cologne

Family Hotels in Cologne

Novotel Köln City AU$122
Novotel Köln City

Novotel Köln City

Bayenstr. 51, Cologne, NW
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Rheinau Harbour and Chocolate Museum. Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Alter Markt are also within 1 mi (2 km). Severinstrasse U-Bahn is 8 minutes by foot and Ubierring U-Bahn is 9 minutes.

    Hotel Lyskirchen AU$104
    Reviewed on 8 Sep. 2017
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    Hotel Lyskirchen

    Hotel Lyskirchen

    Filzengraben 26-32, Cologne, NW
       
      5.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nice, clean hotel. Friendly staff. Good location to the south of the main city area, but walking distance to restaurants.

      Hilton Cologne AU$134
      Reviewed on 8 Oct. 2017
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      Hilton Cologne

      Hilton Cologne

      Marzellenstr. 13-17, Cologne, NW
         
        5.0 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        rooms very comfortable as were the beds. It was a short walk to the Cathedral.

        a&o Köln Hauptbahnhof AU$72
        a&o Köln Hauptbahnhof

        a&o Köln Hauptbahnhof

        Ursulaplatz 10, Cologne
           
          2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hohe Strasse, Cologne Cathedral, and Musical Dome. Romano-Germanic Museum and City Hall are also within 15 minutes. Appellhofplatz Breite Strasse U-Bahn is 9 minutes by foot and Cologne Central Station is 7 minutes.

          Romantic Hotels in Cologne

          Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg AU$295
          Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg

          Althoff Grandhotel Schloss Bensberg

          Kadettenstr., Bergisch Gladbach, NW
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Bensberg, this luxury hotel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Bensberg Town Hall and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Mediterana. Fruit Museum and Altenberg Cathedral are also within 9 mi (15 km). Bensberg U-Bahn is 6 minutes by foot and Im Hoppenkamp U-Bahn is 8 minutes.

            Hyatt Regency Cologne AU$189
            Reviewed on 5 Dec. 2016
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            Hyatt Regency Cologne

            Hyatt Regency Cologne

            Kennedy-Ufer 2a, Cologne, NW
               
              4.5 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              This is an slightly ageing top class hotel. Great place to stay if you get a good price.

              Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom AU$344
              Reviewed on 7 Jul. 2017
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              Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom

              Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom

              Trankgasse 1-5 / Domplatz, Cologne, NW
                 
                4.5 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                I have stayed in a lot of 5+ star hotels throughout the world. However, this is one of the best hotels which you can find around the world. The service was excellent and the room was so oustanding, it just felt like home. The concergie and the entire team were more than helpful in every situation ...

                Airport BusinessHotel Köln AU$104
                Airport BusinessHotel Köln

                Airport BusinessHotel Köln

                Frankfurter Straße 643, Ecke Hirschgraben, Cologne, NRW
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Porz, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from City Center Porz and within 6 mi (10 km) of LANXESS Arena and Odysseum. Cologne Trade Fair Grounds and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum are also within 9 mi (15 km). Cologne Steinstraße S-Bahn is 20 minutes by foot and Porz Steinstrasse U-Bahn is 24 minutes.

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