Are you visiting Cologne only for a day and don’t know what to see? If this is your first time in the city, the itinerary 1 day in Cologne (24 hours in Cologne) is just for you. One day in Cologne is pretty enough to see all the famous sites. If you have a little more time check out the itinerary 2 days in Cologne.
1 day in Cologne (24 hours in Cologne) itinerary map
Save time and see the city on a panoramic Rhine River sightseeing cruise.
09:00 AM – 09:15 AM
Hohenzollern Bridge (Hohenzollernbrücke)
Start the itinerary 1 day in Cologne from the east end of the Hohenzollern Bridge. The views of the famous Cologne cathedral from there are amazing. Hohenzollern Bridge is covered with thousands of love padlocks. So if you want to lock your love this is the place.
09:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom)
You can’t miss the Cologne Cathedral. It is one of the masterpieces of the Gothic architecture. Even if you want to skip it on purpose, you won’t be able to do that. Its two 157m towers make the cathedral visible from almost everywhere. And the location is more than perfect – just outside the Central train station. You can climb the Cologne cathedral tower or visit the treasury. The entrances to the both are outside the cathedral.
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Heinzelmännchenbrunnen is a little fountain next to the cathedral. It tells the legend about the house gnomes (Heinzelmännchen) and the tailor’s wife. The gnomes were helping the citizens of Cologne with the housework at night. One day a tailor’s wife tricked them and was able to see these creatures. The gnomes got angry and stopped helping the people.
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Cologne City Hall (Rathaus)
Every city in Germany has a rat house. Wait, what? No, I am just kidding. But every time I read the word city hall in German (Rathaus) I am imaging this. In fact the word “Rat” in German means council, and “Haus” – house. The Cologne City Hall is the oldest in Germany with a history over 900 years.
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Great St. Martin Church (Gross Sankt Martin)
Great St. Martin Church is one of the twelve Romanesque churches in Cologne. It is the most beautiful one of them.
12:00 PM – 02:00 PM
Lunch time – 2 hours
You can try: Peters Brauhaus or if you are not too hungry grab a sandwich from Merzenich Bäckereien.
02:00 PM – 02:30 PM
House of Fragrances 4711
House of Fragrances 4711 is the place where it all started. This is the birthplace of Eau de Cologne, which in French means water from Cologne. There is even a fountain filled with perfume in the shop.
02:45 PM – 03:15 PM
Basilica of the Holy Apostles (Basilika St. Aposteln)
Basilica of the Holy Apostles is one of the twelve Romanesque churches. It dates from 11th century.
03:30 PM – 03:45 PM
Hahnen Gate (Hahnentorburg)
Once Hahnen Gate belonged to the medieval city walls of Cologne. The gate was built in the 13th century to secure the western entrance of the city.
04:00 PM – 04:15 PM
Roonstrasse Synagogue (Synagoge Roonstraße)
Roonstrasse Synagogue is the largest synagogue in Cologne. It is built in Neo-Romanesque style in 1899.
04:30 PM – 05:30 PM
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Park or Melaten Cemetery (Melaten-Friedhof)
You probably won’t have time to visit both of them and let’s face it – visiting a cemetery is not for everyone.
Hiroshima-Nagasaki Park is the ideal place for a rest after a long day of sightseeing. It is named like that to commemorate the atomic bomb victims of 1945.
Melaten cemetery is the central cemetery of the city. The ground on which the cemetery stands nowadays, once was an execution site. They even executed witches on this place. Earlier during 12th century there was a home for lepers.
The itinerary 1 day in Cologne ends with this site.
You can try: Brauhaus Pütz or Brauerei Päffgen.
The best way to finish your day is by relaxing on a Rhine River dinner cruise.