Visit Cologne - Best of Cologne

Whoever said, “age is just a number” sure knew what they were talking about! Even though Cologne is Germany’s oldest city, the spirit of the city grows younger each day. Not only is Cologne rife with history and monuments that testify to it, it’s also quite the hub for businesses, media houses and the tourism industry in the modern world.

Apart from the famous cathedral, there are many a museums to catch your fancy, be it art, chocolates or the Roman period. Stroll down the Alstadt, stop at a local watering hole for one of those famous German brews you’ve heard about and immerse yourself in the events and festivals that the residents of Cologne are so proud of.

Cologne Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Cologne tips for your visit

  • Like any big city, Cologne is not entirely crime free and has areas you should avoid even during the day.
  • Stick to the tourist areas.
  • Keep an eye on your belongings and beware of pickpockets.
  • Avoid getting into altercations with any local people especially drunk people, who will be roaming through the streets after hours.

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Facts and Stats for Cologne*

  • Pollution Statistics in Cologne

    Know the pollution level of Cologne before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 33.33 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 21.43 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 38.46 (Low)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 19.64 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 23.08 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 23.44 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 28.57 (Low)
  • Cologne: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Cologne for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cologne.

    • Burglary and Theft 48.13 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 44.03 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 40 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 35.94 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 37.69 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 51.54 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 47.35 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 56.06 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 67.16 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 51.87 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 47.73 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 34.09 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 58.08 (Moderate)
  • Living in Cologne - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Cologne is 182.66 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 52.81 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 84.56 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 34.16 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.35 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 68.13 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 80.06 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 8.61 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 132.3 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Cologne

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Cologne

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.11 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.66 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 35.72 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 95.39 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 87.48 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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