Cologne Highlights

Welcome to Cologne

Cologne is addictive. Anyone who has ever lived in our attractive cathedral city never wants to leave again. It is this unique feeling, the result of a cheerful way of life, an atmospheric city experience and Mediterranean flair, that captivates everyone who experiences it and brings on homesickness in forced absentees.

Cologne Welcome Card

KölnTourismus is pleased to inform you about all benefits granted to Koeln WelcomeCard holders, allowing for a personalised stay in Cologne.
Our currently valid Köln WelcomeCard provides 91 offers plus an extra public transport ticket. Depending on the respective ticket category, this discount and travel card entitles to free public transport rides either within the municipal area of Cologne, or to some partners in the immediate environs, or within the entire area of the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg (VRS) transport association.
You can take advantage of numerous additional offers, alone eight new partners provide gastronomic services. Further attractive partners are situated in the immediate environs, of Cologne, such as Phantasialand fun park in Brühl, SEA Life underwater world in Königswinter and film studios in Hürth or the Roman glass factory in Linz/Rhein.

The Cologne Cathedral

The Cologne Cathedral is one of the architectural masterpieces of mankind. Declared a World Cultural Heritage Site as a perfect example of Gothic construction, the Cologne Cathedral is the symbol of the Rhenish city. And with about six million visitors a year, Germany's largest Cathedral is also the country's most popular architectural monument..

Colgne Cathedral

Historic Town Hall

Among natives of Cologne and art historians all over the world, the town hall in Cologne is famous for its loggia, the Renaissance facade built by the Kalkar master builder Wilhelm Vernukken. Erected between 1569 and 1573, it served to replace the run-down mediaeval entrance hall in front of the main hall. Today, almost every major art history encyclopaedia in the world pictures the loggia as one of the most typical buildings of the Renaissance era

Rathaus Cologne

Cologne Museums

Being an internationally renowned cultural metropolis, Cologne boasts 36 museums and far more than 100 art galleries.
Whether municipal, ecclesiastical, company-owned, or private museum - the wide array of displayed exhibits ranges from Roman, medieval via non-European to contemporary art..

Cologne Museums

Parks & Gardens

Parks and gardens characterise Cologne"s cityscape within an area of over 41 square kilometres. Open spaces, such as Stadtwald forest, Decksteiner and Aachener Weiher ponds or Volksgarten are perfect refuges for open-air recreation, relaxation and leisure activities. Beyond, the Grüngürtel "green belt", parks and the Stadtwald forest are indispensable green lungs for the city.

Parks & gardens