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Cologne
There are 2,000 years of history in Cologne, and visitors here will find everything from Roman towers to Gothic churches to fine examples of modern architecture. Cologne has a variety of museums, too—check out the Museum of Applied Art, the Museum Ludwig and, if you have a sweet tooth, the Chocolate Museum. Be forewarned, though—the gift shop at the latter will utterly ruin your diet.

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Cologne Cathedral (Dom)
Cologne Cathedral (Dom)
Owner description: This giant Gothic cathedral, which until its completion in 1880 had been under construction for over 500 years, is perhaps Germany's most famous religious structure and includes... more Owner description: This giant Gothic cathedral, which until its completion in 1880 had been under construction for over 500 years, is perhaps Germany's most famous religious structure and includes two huge towers that serve as the defining symbol of Cologne's skyline. less
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Sacred & Religious Sites; Historic Sites; Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Kolner Philharmonie
Kolner Philharmonie
Attraction type: Architectural Buildings; Off-Road & ATV Trails; Concerts
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Koelner Zoo
Koelner Zoo
Owner description: This zoo has more animals than any other zoological park in Germany and boasts an aquarium and the world's largest elephant park in northern Europe. Open 365 days a year; in the... more Owner description: This zoo has more animals than any other zoological park in Germany and boasts an aquarium and the world's largest elephant park in northern Europe. Open 365 days a year; in the summer hours are 9 a.m.-6 p.m. less
Attraction type: Zoos
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KolnTriangle
KolnTriangle
Owner description: This skyscraper offers commanding views of the Cologne Cathedral and invites visitors to look at exhibitions, eat at its Mongolian barbecue restaurant and take in views of the... more Owner description: This skyscraper offers commanding views of the Cologne Cathedral and invites visitors to look at exhibitions, eat at its Mongolian barbecue restaurant and take in views of the surrounding area from its Panorama Observatory. Entrance to the building is free, access to the viewing platform costs 3 euros. Open Oct. 1 to April 30, Monday-Friday from noon-6 p.m., from 10 a.m. on weekends. May through September open until 10 p.m. less
Attraction type: Points of Interest & Landmarks
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Botanical Gardens Flora
Botanical Gardens Flora
Owner description: Cacti and plant houses make up this garden, which dates from the 1800s, along the Rhine River. Gardens are open 8 a.m. until dusk daily. Plant houses are open October to March 10... more Owner description: Cacti and plant houses make up this garden, which dates from the 1800s, along the Rhine River. Gardens are open 8 a.m. until dusk daily. Plant houses are open October to March 10 a.m.-4 p.m., April to September 10 a.m.-6 p.m. less
Attraction type: Gardens
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Plomari
Plomari
Ranked #1 of 2,291 Restaurants in Cologne
Cuisines: Seafood, Mediterranean, Greek
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Mr. Cake Cologne
Mr. Cake Cologne
Ranked #2 of 2,291 Restaurants in Cologne
Price: $3 - $6
Cuisines: Cafe, Delicatessen
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Reservations, Seating, Takeout
Bulgogi Haus
Bulgogi Haus
Ranked #3 of 2,291 Restaurants in Cologne
Price:
Cuisines: Barbecue, Asian, Korean
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Pasta Bar
Pasta Bar
Ranked #4 of 2,291 Restaurants in Cologne
Price: $9 - $27
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean, European
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Gaststatte Bei Oma Kleinmann
Gaststatte Bei Oma Kleinmann
Ranked #5 of 2,291 Restaurants in Cologne
Price: $4 - $21
Cuisines: German, European, Central European
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Cash Only, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

All accommodations » Where to stay - Budget

Die Wohngemeinschaft Hostel
Die Wohngemeinschaft Hostel
$26 - $143 (€24 - €133)
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Cologne Downtown Hostel
Cologne Downtown Hostel
$27 - $72
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Bermuda Triangle Bed & Breakfast
Bermuda Triangle Bed & Breakfast
$47 - $132
Ranked #2 of 59 Cologne B&B and Inns
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Midrange

CityClass Hotel Residence am Dom
4.0 of 5
CityClass Hotel Residence am Dom
$83 - $267 (€77 - €248)
Ranked #3 of 277 Hotels in Cologne
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Hyatt Regency Cologne
5.0 of 5
Hyatt Regency Cologne
$124 - $729
Ranked #4 of 277 Hotels in Cologne
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Motel One Koln-Waidmark
3.0 of 5
Motel One Koln-Waidmark
$76 - $96
Ranked #5 of 277 Hotels in Cologne
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All accommodations » Where to stay - Luxury

Excelsior Hotel Ernst
5.0 of 5
Excelsior Hotel Ernst
$141 - $554
Ranked #2 of 277 Hotels in Cologne
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Pullman Cologne
4.5 of 5
Pullman Cologne
$116 - $243 (€108 - €226)
Ranked #6 of 277 Hotels in Cologne
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Cologne Marriott Hotel
5.0 of 5
Cologne Marriott Hotel
$101 - $321
Ranked #7 of 277 Hotels in Cologne
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