Situated on the banks of the Rhine River in Germany is the historical city of Cologne. It is a hub of tourist pleasures and the 4th largest city in the country with roughly 1,000,000 residents. The problem with visiting Cologne is that it can get quite costly if you are not careful when planning your itinerary while visiting the city. Based on its distinctive cultural flavor, Cologne is also a targeted destination for a variety of local venues.
For instance, it is a “hotspot” where the German business and economic sectors are concerned as well as for the German media and the tourism industry. Interestingly enough, it is also recognized as Germany “gay capital”. Taking all of this into consideration, we are sure you can easily understand how costly vacationing here could get, so we decided to offer some suggestions so that you can have a more budget-friendly experience while you are visiting one of Germany’s most historical cities.
Attractions and Sightseeing
Cologne is filled with all types of attractions and sightseeing opportunities to keep you busy for days. Here are a few budget-conscious sightseeing options where these venues are concerned:
- 12 Romanesque Churches – St. Andreas, St. Cäcilien, Groß-St. Martin, St. Maria Lyskirchen, and St. Ursula
- Die Kölner Synagoge – its striking architectural style make this a Cologne must-see on any vacation itinerary.
- Kölner Dom – the first sight you will notice when leaving the Central Station. Entry into the structure is free but they do take donations.
- Parks – there are two major parks that you need to visit. Grüngürtel literally circles that portion of town that has existed since Medieval times while the inner Grüngürtel area is better if you are only in the city a few days.
- Veedel – City Quarters – traditional Bohemian neighborhoods well worth exploring
Galleries and Museums
Steeped in both culture and history, Cologne offers the visitor a wide array of galleries and museums to visit while they are there. Our top three picks for a budget-minded vacation are the following:
- Kolumba – by far a wonder of architecture and perfect for aesthetic senses
- Römisch-Germanisches Museum – features artifacts and information regarding Roman history in the city of Cologne and the surrounding areas.
- Wallraf-Richartz Museum – see a large collection of fine art from medieval times up to the early 20th century.
Great spots for the whole family
Whether or not this is a family vacation with your children or not, you should still consider the following stops while you are in Cologne:
- Karneval - the biggest Winter celebration in Cologne
- Phantasialand – the children will love this place and dads and moms will find some fun rides as well.
- The Zoo – caters to every age group and makes a great day’s outing.
Top 5 hotels in Cologne, Germany
- NH Köln-City Hotel – double room from €89,00
- Hotel Brandenburger Hof - double room from €90,00
- Hotel Weber – double room from €69,00
- City Hotel Köln – double room from €95,00
- Hotel Pullman Cologne – double room from €119,00
Photo of St Martin’s Church and Cologne Cathedral by night by pickselated/Jim (away).