6 interesting free things to do in Cologne

Free things to do in Cologne

Are you visiting Cologne on a budget? If this is the case check out these free things to do in Cologne.

Free things to do in Cologne

Be stunned by the eternal beauty of the Cologne cathedral (Kölner Dom)

The cathedral is the most visited site in Cologne. For the last six centuries it beautifies the skyline of the city. The entrance is free, so take your time and explore the stunning interior of the cathedral. If you decide to climb the Cologne cathedral tower, there is a little fee of 4 EUR.

Cologne cathedral
Cologne cathedral

Take a walk in the Old Town (Altstadt)

The Old Town of Cologne is located in the heart of the city. Take a walk around and let yourself be captured by the history of the city.

See the oldest City Hall (Rathaus) in Germany with a history of more than 900 years.

City Hall (Rathaus)
City Hall (Rathaus)

There are twelve Romanesque churches in Cologne. You probably won’t have the time for all them, but if you have to choose one – choose Great St. Martin Church (Groß Sankt Martin). It is the most beautiful one.

Great St. Martin Church (Groß Sankt Martin)
Great St. Martin Church (Groß Sankt Martin)

Enjoy the nature in Flora and Botanical Garden (Flora und Botanischer Garten)

Spend few hours among the nature in the Flora and Botanical Garden. It has an amazing variety (nearly 10 000) of trees and plants. Or you can just relax in any of the countless parks in Cologne.


Lock your love on Hohenzollern Bridge (Hohenzollernbrücke)

Ten thousand love padlocks are covering the Hohenzollern Bridge. Lock your engraved padlock on the bridge and then throw away the key in the deep water of Rhine river. Your love will be locked for eternity. You can buy padlocks from the souvenir shops nearby. Cross the bridge for great views of the cathedral.

Hohenzollern Bridge (Hohenzollernbrücke)
Hohenzollern Bridge (Hohenzollernbrücke)

Visit the birthplace of the modern perfume

Visit House of Fragrances 4711 to see the birthplace of the famous Eau de Cologne and the modern perfume. At the entrance there is a fountain filled with perfume and you can dip your hands in it.

See the remains of the former medieval city wall of Cologne

The city wall of Cologne was built in 50 AD shortly after the creation of the city. Due to its growth the wall was later expanded to twelve gates. Nowadays only few towers and gates remained intact.

One of the most impressive and important gates was Hahnen Gate (Hahnentorburg). It still stands today and can be found at Rudolfplatz. It was built in the middle of the 13th century and it secured the western entrance of the city. The gate was probably named after a citizen Hageno, who owned the nearby land.

The other gates which still can be seen are Severinstorburg, Ulrepforte and Eigelsteintorburg.

Hahnen Gate (Hahnentorburg)
Hahnen Gate (Hahnentorburg)

Cheap things to do in Cologne

Take a ride by the Rhine cable car

The cable car is a unique way to cross Rhine River. The 930m long wire rope connects Rhine park (Rheinpark) with Cologne zoo (Kölner Zoo). Enjoy the unforgettable panoramic views of the skyline over the Rhine River only for 4,5 EUR.

Taste the famous local beer

Cologne is known for its local beer Kölsch. It is soft, pale yellow beer with a little fruitiness. Go to a brew house (Brauhause) to try the best Kölsch in Cologne. The price is only about 2 EUR for a glass.


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2 Replies to “6 interesting free things to do in Cologne”

  1. Great article Milena – definitely bookmarking it for our trip to Cologne later this year 🙂

    1. Thanks, Savi. 🙂 If you have any questions I will be glad to help you.

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