Destination guide

Cologne is Germany's cool kid

Cologne _ K_ln _ is the hip kid on the German block. Part gritty industrial river town, part cultural kingpin of North Rhine-Westphalia, it's gilded with the great iron backbone of Hohenzollern Bridge and topped with the haunting Gothic outline of the Cologne Cathedral _ the most visited landmark in the country. The town's best seen as a woven patchwork of neighborhoods _ Agnesviertel with its boho bakeries and bars, Rheinauhafen with its UFO-like modernist spaces. Each has its own vibe and character, and comes with its own cool Cologne vacation rentals, swish condominiums, spacious penthouse apartments _ the list goes on.

Things to do

An Old Town of delights in Cologne

The Cologne Inner Town or Old Town are the places to seek out Cologne vacation rentals to really immerse yourself in this city's mishmash of mind-boggling sights. Settle on the north side to gaze up at the great Cologne Cathedral from your flat, right by the thought-provoking photography exhibits of the Museum Ludwig. The Roman-German Museum is just a few steps from that, offering a glimpse into the ancient world of Cologne. The town also has a tasty Chocolate Museum, and the Koelner Zoo packed with lions and flamingos _ both perfect for the younger ones.


From sightseeing to saunas in Cologne

Hop-on, hop-off buses wiggle through the wide streets of Cologne to reveal its wondrous Romanesque churches and the soaring spires of its mighty Cathedral. There are guided tours of all types, whether it's for beer tasting in the half-timbered Rhineland pubs or historical river cruises up and down the green lands of the Rhine valley. February ushers in the surreal Cologne Carnival days, which see the streets fill with a menagerie of medieval costume and dance. There are also excellent spas and saunas that steam all year _ just don't expect to be wearing any trunks, it's not the German wayÉ


Cologne is a year-round destination

You could say that Cologne never gets old but it's already got more than 2,000 years of Roman and Medieval past behind it. The point is that Cologne never gets old for visitors, no matter the time of year they come. You could book cozy Cologne vacation rentals in the winter _ from December to March _ when hearty Christmas markets sizzle with bratwurst and smell of spicy mulled wine. February is packed for the Carnival, while spring and summer, from May to August, are great for enjoying outdoor sightseeing and beer drinking in the Old Town.

Natural features

Rhineland beauty around Cologne

Nature starts on the bends of the River Rhine in Cologne. There, pockets of urban greenery like the Rheinpark take over from the Gothic churches and the old industrial sectors of the city. Picnic spots, biking trails, and boating docks all line the water. On the eastern side of town is the Konigsforst. This designated national area of woodland is a wilder escape, packed with misty bogs and canals. Moving even further south will take you to the steep-sided valleys of the romantic Rhineland, a place of cascading vineyards and hills topped with castles.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Cologne

The nearest airport is in Cologne (CGN-Cologne - Bonn), located 7.9 mi (12.7 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you can also fly into Duesseldorf (DUS-Duesseldorf Intl.), which is 24.6 mi (39.7 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Cologne Central Station, Cologne Hansaring Station and Cologne West Station are the main stations in the city. You can get around Cologne by catching a ride on the metro at Appellhofplatz Breite Strasse U-Bahn, Neumarkt U-Bahn or Heumarkt U-Bahn.

Can I find a vacation rental around Cologne?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 616 vacation rentals near Cologne. From 527 Condos/Apartments to 52 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Cologne for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Cologne?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Cologne:

  • Altstadt: 50 vacation rentals
  • Rodenkirchen District: 32 vacation rentals
  • Nippes: 40 vacation rentals
  • Deutz: 81 vacation rentals
  • Zollstock: 21 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Cologne?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Cologne. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Cologne Cathedral: 617 vacation rentals
  • Cologne (QKU-Cologne Messe-Deutz Train Station): 622 vacation rentals
  • Colonius: 639 vacation rentals
  • University of Cologne: 604 vacation rentals
  • Cologne Trade Fair Grounds: 621 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Cologne listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Cologne?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 527 Condos/Apartments in Cologne. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Cologne include:

  • Houses: 52 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 4 rentals available
  • Cottages: 4 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Studios and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Cologne?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 12 vacation rentals with pool available in Cologne. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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