Cologne is a delightful city on the River Rhine. With over 1 million inhabitants, it is the largest city of North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany's fourth-largest city. In the Cologne dialect, the city is known as "Kölle". It is well known for its 2000 year-history, its cultural and architectural heritage and its international exhibitions. It is also a carnival city.
Cologne Cathedral is a symbol of Cologne and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996. The city is famous for its Cathedral, its carnival, its brew-houses and its many museums. Cologne is a living, vibrant city with a lot to offer. Our apartments are an excellent base to experience Cologne up close.

Cologne Exhibition Centre

If you are visiting the Cologne Exhibition Centre, our peaceful apartments are a fantastic place to stay. The exhibition centre is just 7 km away, centrally located in Cologne/Deutz. Cologne Exhibition Centre is the fifth-largest conference centre in the world. It boasts 11 exhibition halls over an area of 284,000 m² and 100,000 m² of outside space and parking for 15,000 cars. It has its own ICE railway station, "Köln Messe/Deutz". A huge variety of national and international trade fairs and events take place here every year. Naturally, we would be pleased to arrange your transport to the Exhibition Centre.

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church, 157.38 m in height, making it the second-tallest church in Germany and the whole of Europe. This beautiful cathedral stands around 250 m from the River Rhine, close to the central railway station, the Ludwig Museum and Hohenzollern Bridge and is surrounded by the Domplatte pedestrianised area. Worldwide, Cologne is the third-largest Gothic cathedral and became a World Heritage site in 1996. Between 1880 and 1884 it was the world's tallest building. It is also the most popular tourist attraction in the whole of Germany and counts Pope Benedict XVI among its visitors.

Cologne Carnival

With its carnival sessions, parades and balls, Cologne Carnival takes place every year. The Carnival sessions include dance troops and bands, carnival speakers and sometimes even the Prince, the virgin and the farmer (who symbolise and represent the city of Cologne during the festivities). There is dancing and laughter everywhere. The traditional street carnival begins on Weiberdonnerstag, or "women's Thursday". The "revellers" celebrate in pubs and on the streets. A common carnival cry since the 19th century is "Kölle Alaaf" ("Long live Cologne").

Attractions and sights:

Attraktionen und Sightseeing:

  • Cologne Cathedral
  • Cologne Town Hall
  • Cologne Zoo
  • Cologne Christmas markets
  • Rhine cable car
  • Melaten Cemetery
  • Claudius hot spring
  • St. Gereon Basilica

Museums in Cologne:

  • Ludwig Museum
  • Wallraf-Richartz Museum
  • Museum Schnütgen
  • Romano-Germanic Museum
  • Museum of East Asian Art
  • Chocolate Museum

Famous Cologne pubs:

  • Ausschank Pfaffen Brauerei
  • Cölner Hofbräu Früh
  • Gaffel Brauhaus
  • Reissdorf Brauhaus

Places to take a stroll through the city:

  • Hohe Straße
  • Kölner Ladenstadt
  • Opern-Passagen
  • WDR arcades
  • Neumarkt Passage