Vibrant and cosmopolitan, Cologne is a historic city with its roots in the Roman Empire. Today it offers visitors everything from magnificent sightseeing attractions to world-class restaurants. The Cologne hotel scene stretches to include charming guest houses and well-known, five-star giants.
Cologne has a population of around one million, but the city center is surprisingly compact. The Rhine River borders the Alstadt central district. Directly west of the Rhine is a dense selection of attractions, museums, restaurants and hotels in Cologne.
Cologne is a stylish city offering a dazzling range of activities. The best dining and shopping options are often found in conjunction with the Cologne hotel district on the west bank of the Rhine. Cologne's thriving entertainment scene hosts opera, theater, ballet as well as numerous drinking and dancing venues.
Visitors staying in the Alstadt district will be able to reach many of the main attractions on foot from their hotel in Cologne. The all-star attraction is the Dom, a grand Gothic cathedral dating to the 1200s and joined by a German art museum. The Dom is the defining landmark in Cologne, and its spires loom over the skyline.
The best time to visit Cologne is in spring (March to May) or autumn (September to October). Cologne may have 250 hotels, but vacancies are hard to find during these peak months so booking in advance is recommended.
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