The best parks and gardens in Cologne

The best parks and gardens in Cologne

Cologne is a real green oasis because of its many parks and gardens. It’s a great option for relaxing among the nature, especially after a long day of sightseeing. Just choose any of the best parks and gardens in Cologne, grab a blanket and a picnic bag and spend some time enjoying the nature.

The best parks and gardens in Cologne

City garden (Stadtgarten)

The City garden is one of the oldest gardens in Cologne. It is located in the northern part of the city. Regular jazz and electronic concerts take place there. Also, one of the best Christmas markets in Cologne is organised in the garden in December.

People’s garden (Volksgarten)

People’s garden is in the southern part of Cologne. The garden is built on the site of the former fort Paul, part of a Prussian fortress. Its remains still can be seen in the park. In the People’s garden you will find a nice beer garden next to the lake.

City forest (Stadtwald Forest)

If you want to take a break from the city life, visit the City forest. It is close to Melaten cemetery, not far away from the city center. Founded in 1895 the City forest is a huge wildlife park with beautiful ponds and meadows. There is even a little zoo in the park.

Forest Botanical garden (Forstbotanischer Garten)

The Forest Botanical garden is opened in 1964. It contains an arboretum and a woodland botanical garden. The garden is built on the site of a former military fortification. Its remains are integrated in the park as a rock garden. A great diversity of tree species and wildlife is represented in the park.

The admission is free. Also, there are guided tours where you can learn more about the forest botanical garden.

Rhine park (Rheinpark)

Rhine park is a beautiful green oasis located on the right bank of Rhine river. It is opened in 1912 and later extended to its current size of 40 hectares. In the park you can catch the famous Cologne Rhine cable car and enjoy unforgettable panoramic views over the Rhine river.

Flora and Botanical Garden (Flora und Botanischer Garten)

Next on the list of the best parks and gardens in Cologne is Flora and Botanical Garden. The botanical garden represents great variety of plants and trees, nearly 10 000. It also houses a tropical, a subtropical and a cactus house. The garden is open daily and its entrance is free.

Cologne Zoological Garden (Kölner Zoo)

If you want to spend the day among the nature Kölner Zoo is the best choice. It is located on the left bank of Rhine river. Founded in 1860 it is one of the oldest zoos in Germany. An aquarium is attached in 1971.

In the Cologne zoo you can also find also a rain forest hall with tropical climate, palms and free roaming birds. Don’t forget to check the feeding times in advance to get the most of your visit.

Address: Riehler Road 173, 50735 Köln
Access: Metro station Zoo/Flora – line 18
Opening hours: Every day
From March to October: 09:00 AM – 06:00 PM
From November to February: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM
Feeding times: more information
Admission: 19,50 € (more information)
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2 Replies to “The best parks and gardens in Cologne”

  1. Hey Milena,

    That’s a great list – just looked up some pictures of Cologne zoo and it looks pretty great – we are heading there later this year and will definitely check it out 🙂

    1. Yes, the zoo is great. Don’t miss it 🙂

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