Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge, © Can Stock / hiro1775
Visit Cologne – More Sights
Deutsches Sport and Olympia Museum – tributes to the 1936 Berlin games and the 1972 Munich games.
Schokoladen Museum – chocolate museum.
Haus of 4711 – famous colognes, perfumes, fragrances.
Visit the City Gates and Walls of Hahnentorburg – near the Rudolfplatz tram.
Take a day cruise on the Rhine.
Cologne Cathedral Entrance
Book Cologne Hotels
Ibis Hotel Köln Am Dom – hard to beat this location, right beside the Cologne Cathedral and the main train station.
Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom
Hotel Sandmanns am Dom
Cologne Cathedral Exterior, © Can Stock / fcarucci
Get to Cologne
You can get to Cologne quite easily. Cologne is a standard stop for Rhine River cruises. River cuises approach from Amsterdam and Rotterdam downstream or from Koblenz upstream. Other nearby cities include Bonn and Dusseldorf. You can get to Cologne easily by train. The train station is on the Rhine in the Old Town right next to the Cologne Cathedral. Many of the things to see and do in Cologne are within walking distance of the train. Some river cruise ships dock on the opposite bank to the Cologne Cathedral, which gives you great views of the church plus the option to walk across the Hohenzollern train bridge to visit the church.
Gross Sankt Martin, Cologne Cathedral, © Can Stock / pzurek
The best Cologne weather is in summer, which is the height of the tourist season. Average temperatures peak in July and August at 80 F (26 C), while lows are about 55 F (13 C). By December and January average highs are 40 F (5 C) and average lows are just below freezing. Rainfall is highest in July while August sees less rainfall than most months. August is likely the best month to visit Cologne for good weather. June is an excellent choice for avoiding the height of the tourist season.