Cologne Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Cologne

  • Save 7% Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt
    Cologne Day Trip from Frankfurt22 Reviews

    Duration: 9 Hrs

    Explore the historic city of Cologne on this full-day trip from Frankfurtto enjoy a guided tour of the city. Visit the world-...

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  • Save 3% Cologne Rhine River Dinner Cruise
    Cologne Rhine River Dinner Cruise16 Reviews

    Duration: 3 Hrs

    Relax on a 3-hour Rhine River dinner cruise, enjoying panoramic views of Cologne as you dine on a buffet of regional specialt...

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  • Save 13% Cologne Sightseeing Cruise
    Cologne Sightseeing Cruise60 Reviews

    Duration: 2 Hrs

    Enjoy a one-hour panoramic Rhine River sightseeing cruise and soak in the spirit of Cologne. The Rhine River provides access ...

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  • Save 4% Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise
    Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise34 Reviews

    Duration: Flexible

    Explore the historical city of Cologne at your leisure with this hop-on hop-off bus tour and Rhine River sightseeing cruise. ...

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

    • Air Pollution 37.5 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 26.67 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 46.67 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 28.57 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 27.94 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 33.33 (Low)
  • How safe is Cologne for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Cologne.

    • Burglary and Theft 45.08 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 39.77 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 35.16 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 31.75 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 32.42 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 48.83 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 43.85 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 54.23 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 72.35 (High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 55.68 (Moderate)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 44.23 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 28.85 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 55.08 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Cologne is 175.32 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 56.31 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 84.85 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 39.53 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 39.42 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 66.73 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 76.91 (High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 9.18 (Moderate)
    • Purchasing Power Index 125.08 (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.

  • 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 11.38 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 33.01 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 90.13 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 83.03 USD

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

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