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DepartingFri, 27 Sep 2019
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Mercure Hotel Koeln- West
27 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.5
From £146 per person
Hotel Terminal
27 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019
From £146 per person
Ibis Koeln Airport
27 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019
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ibis Köln Airport
27 Sep 2019 - 29 Sep 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.5
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3 days / 2 nights
DepartingFri, 04 Oct 2019
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A&S Ferienwohnungen Roonstraße 7
04 Oct 2019 - 06 Oct 2019
From £153 per person
A&S Ferienwohnungen Bonnerstraße 62
04 Oct 2019 - 06 Oct 2019
From £160 per person
Bonnem Inn
04 Oct 2019 - 06 Oct 2019
TripAdvisor rating 2.5
From £224 per person
Sportboote Bornheim
04 Oct 2019 - 06 Oct 2019
From £236 per person
3 days / 2 nights
DepartingFri, 25 Oct 2019
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M-Kinghotel
25 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
From £134 per person
Novum Hotel Silence Garden Köln Brück
25 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.5
From £136 per person
Centro Hotel Ayun
25 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.0
From £136 per person
ibis Köln Frechen
25 Oct 2019 - 27 Oct 2019
TripAdvisor rating 4.0
From £137 per person
3 days / 2 nights
DepartingFri, 08 Nov 2019
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ibis budget Köln Marsdorf
08 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
From £81 per person
Hotel Westend
08 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.5
From £81 per person
AAA Budget Hotel
08 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.0
From £81 per person
ibis budget Koeln Porz
08 Nov 2019 - 10 Nov 2019
From £82 per person
3 days / 2 nights
DepartingFri, 06 Dec 2019
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Park Hotel Köln
06 Dec 2019 - 08 Dec 2019
TripAdvisor rating 1.5
From £136 per person
B&B Hotel Köln-West
06 Dec 2019 - 08 Dec 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.5
From £137 per person
Parkhotel St. Georg
06 Dec 2019 - 08 Dec 2019
TripAdvisor rating 2.5
From £143 per person
StayInCologne
06 Dec 2019 - 08 Dec 2019
TripAdvisor rating 3.0
From £144 per person
Hotel ratings in Cologne
Novum Hotel Mariella Airport
Cologne
From £127 per person
Great stop over
TripAdvisor rating 3.5
Jun 24, 2015
Marchwood, United Kingdom
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Flight and hotel Cologne

Presenting Cologne

Set in western Germany, Cologne is the largest city in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, straddling the great Rhine River and sitting close to the Dutch and Belgian borders. The city is well known for its iconic and magnificent twin-spire cathedral, one of the world’s best Christmas markets and a particularly progressive, modern and welcoming atmosphere. A temperate climate year round and a huge range of historical and artistic entertainment options make city breaks in Cologne among the best in Europe.

What to know before visiting Cologne

Many flights to the area will arrive at Cologne Bonn Airport, which is just a 15-minute drive from the centre of town. Flights to Cologne from London and Manchester are quick and frequent. EU citizens won’t need a visa, the currency is the euro and the time is one hour ahead of the UK's. While the local language is, of course, German, you’ll find the vast majority of service workers have a good grasp of English.

A Cologne flight and hotel package is the ideal way to see the city easily, and a weekend in Cologne can include a huge range of activities and sightseeing.

When is the best time to visit Cologne?

A flight and hotel package in Cologne can be enjoyed at any time of year. With a climate comparable to that of London, Cologne has mild winters and summers that are very rarely hot. The city is particularly proud of its excellently presented green spaces, including the Rheinpark and Hiroshima-Nagasaki Park. A stroll along the river in summer before checking out the trendy cafés, shops and galleries is a delightful way to spend a Cologne weekend.

That said, the city's Christmas markets in December are worth visiting as well. Pick up locally crafted gifts or indulge in delicious glühwein (mulled wine) or ginger biscuits at the foot of the cathedral. Cologne package holidays are delightful year round. Non-food goodies such as clothing, including festive socks and stockings, are also some of the treasures you'll discover in the markets.

What to do in Cologne

Some great activities travellers to Cologne can experience:

  • Phantasialand, a theme park with different zones ranging from China Town and Deep in Africa, excellent for trying out different foods and rides.
  • Schildergasse, Cologne's main shopping thoroughfare.
  • For excellent nightlife, visit the west bank of the Rhine and the long stretch up Hohenzollernring in the city centre, which feature jazz bars, hipster hangouts, techno clubs and popular restaurants.

Places to visit in Cologne

Some of the many sights to visit in the city:

  • Pop art haven Museum Ludwig, or the Romano-Germanic Museum to learn more about the country's fascinating past.
  • Imhoff Chocolate Museum overlooking the Rhine, where you’ll discover an eye-popping selection of sweet treats, with every flavour imaginable.
  • The Cologne Cathedral, featuring two spires that act as a waypoint for travellers.

What is there to eat in Cologne?

Germany is well known for its hearty meat dishes, not least in North Rhine-Westphalia, where the majestic forests offer their bounty to city dwellers and visitors. Visit a tavern and enjoy a traditional meal such as pot roast with dumplings and potatoes, or pick up some pumpernickel bread at the bakery for a quick and tasty snack. Beer lovers should taste the city’s signature brew, Kölsch.

To go with the tasty brews you'll be tasting in Cologne, try the signature 'Heaven and Earth' dish, which consists of apples (signifying heaven, in reference to the Garden of Eden), and potatoes (signifying earth). The mix of savoury and sweet is wonderful and a delicious treat for visitors to the city. Another favourite is schnitzel, a battered meat dish served with fries. Choose from chicken, pork or tender veal to savour on Cologne city breaks.

What to bring home from Cologne

On Cologne package holidays in December, you’ll have no problem finding fantastic gifts from the many stalls in the market. Perhaps some Christmas stollen cookies or a wooden toy will delight one of your loved ones back home? Alternatively, gifts featuring the iconic cathedral are always popular, and a bottle of local ice wine is another interesting present to bring back. Perhaps you'll also find some special handcrafted decorations to adorn your tree.

For beer lovers, a bottle of Kölsch is sure to be a hit. Alternatively, check out some of the locally crafted liqueurs such as Kettenfett, with which has a distinct liquorice taste. German mustard and jams made of local fruits and berries are also safe bets for delicious gifts at any time of year.