Cologne holidays

Essential Information

When To Go

Summer, Autumn


September, October

Getting There

21 £GBP


Stay There

45 £GBP

3-star hotel


Tourist Visa
not required

Freedom of movement

1.00 USD = 0.93 EUR
Airport Transport

Taxi: 20 £GBP (25 min)
Bus: 5 £GBP (25 min)
Train: 2 £GBP (20 min)

Lunch ≈ 7 £GBP
Dinner (for two) ≈ 21 £GBP
Espresso ≈ 2 £GBP
Bottled water ≈ 0.40 £GBP
Health & Safety
Travel insurance is recommended
Emergency numbers:
Ambulance: 112
Police: 110

Why Cologne

Scale the heights of the famous cathedral, drink a Kolsch beer or two and bask in the romantic atmosphere of the River Rhine on Cologne holidays. Cologne is rich in both art and architecture, with the massive Gothic twin-spired cathedral, Kolner Dom, rising up from the banks of the River Rhine in the very heart of the city. The river is also perfect for walks, watching boats pass by or for picnics.

Close by is the distinctive wave-shaped modern art gallery Museum Ludwig. Cologne is easily explored on foot. To the south you will find beautiful gabled houses, pedestrianised shopping streets and the lively beer halls of the Old Town.

When to go


Before planning your Cologne city break, read more information about its climate. Cologne’s weather statistics show it to be one of Germany’s warmest cities with warm summers and relatively mild winters. The average annual temperature is 10.3 degrees Celsius (51 Fahrenheit): 14.8 degrees Celsius (59 Fahrenheit) by day and 5.8  degrees Celsius (42 Fahrenheit) at night. The January average temperature is 2.6 degrees Celsius (37 Fahrenheit), while the average temperature in July is 18.8 degrees Celsius (66 Fahrenheit). Rainfall is spread evenly throughout the year.

Where to go/stay

Cologne is one of Germany’s major business centres, meaning much of the best accommodation for holidays to Cologne actually consists of business hotels.

As well as all the biggest hotel brands being represented, Cologne also has an abundance of smaller boutique options and hostels.

Things to do

Whether you’re a history or architecture buff or you are looking for a more relaxing break, whatever you seek then Cologne city break has something to offer all holiday makers.

During your holidays to Cologne explore the Cologne’s spectacularly beautiful churches which take you on a journey of architectural styles and engineering brilliance. First constructed between the 13th and 15th centuries, these churches are restored to their former glory after damage caused by World War II. The best of them include St Gereon, St Aposteln and St Maria Im Kapitol.

To delve more into Cologne’s celebrated Roman history, then head to the Romischer Germanisches Museum. For a museum experience on Cologne holidays that is slightly sweeter visit Imhoff Stollwerck which charts the history of chocolate.

Indulge in the local beer specialty kolsch in brewery houses such as Brauhaus Peters, a glass-domed art nouveau style building or Fruh am Dom where the beer on tap is also served with high quality food.

For Cologne’s clubbing scene, a night out is recommended at Alter Wartesaal famous for its soul, house, and techno nights.