One Day in Cologne (Itinerary + Rhine River Cruise)

A complete itinerary for one day in Cologne (+ a map with all must-see attractions, where to try the famous Kölsch beer and the best castles to visit near Cologne).

Cologne, also known as Köln in German, is the largest city in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. The city is famous for its iconic Gothic cathedral, known as the Kölner Dom, and its lively beer culture featuring the local brew, Kölsch. There’s also a chocolate museum where you can discover the history of chocolate and enjoy tasty samples!

Founded by the ancient Romans, Cologne boasts a history spanning over 2000 years. During the Middle Ages, the city became one of the most important cities in the Holy Roman Empire. It was a major centre of trade and commerce, due to its strategic location on the Rhine River. Today, Cologne is a modern and vibrant city that has something for everyone, whether you’re into history, art, food or nightlife.

Best 1-day Cologne Itinerary

With its key landmarks, all conveniently located in Altstadt (Old Town), exploring Cologne in a day is entirely feasible. Yet, there are plenty of attractions near the city worth visiting, such as the imperial city of Aachen, the magnificent Drachenburg Castle, and the beautiful Augustusburg Palace. Thus, if possible, I’d recommend spending more than a day in Cologne!

This itinerary for one day in Cologne covers all popular attractions, including the iconic cathedral, the Chocolate Museum and where to find the best Kölsch beer in the city. You’ll also find several recommendations for one-day trips from Cologne, including the best nearby castles and cities to visit.

One Day in Cologne Itinerary (for first-timers)

  • Breakfast at Bakery Merzenich
  • Visit the famous Cologne Cathedral
  • Enjoy the views of Hohenzollern Bridge
  • House of Fragrances 4711 and its iconic Eau de Cologne
  • Lunch at Café Chocolate
  • Visit the Imhoff Chocolate Museum
  • Taste the local beer Kölsch at Peters Brauhaus

In my experience, you’ll need at least one full day to explore Cologne and enjoy the city without feeling rushed. Yet, if you’re visiting in December during the famous Christmas market, I suggest extending your stay by at least another day. There are several big Christmas markets to discover! Right after this 1-day itinerary, you’ll find recommendations on how to see the city for 2 and 3 days in case you have extra time to spare.

Tips on your 1-day Cologne itinerary

Accommodation – have you already secured your hotel? Ensure it’s conveniently located by checking my guide on where to stay in Cologne.

My favourite place to stay in Cologne: Legend Hotel
Why: ideal central location, just a short stroll away from Cologne Cathedral and train station
What I like: rooftop bar with cathedral view, fantastic restaurant

Sightseeing – I suggest visiting the Cologne Cathedral first thing in the morning since it’s the most popular attraction and tends to get crowded later in the day.

Always book tours or skip the lines tickets with GetYourGuide (you get a mobile ticket + free cancellation). Tickets from the attractions’ official websites are mostly non-refundable.

Map – find here a map of this 1-day itinerary for Cologne (with all attractions and restaurants’ websites).

One Day in Cologne Itinerary

Morning

Breakfast at Bakery Merzenich

08:30 AM – 09:30 AM

Start your one day in Cologne with breakfast at Bakery Merzenich on Wallrafplatz. This famous bakery is located right beside the iconic cathedral, Kölner Dom. They offer a large range of good sweet and savoury pastries, perfect for a quick breakfast. Try any of their classics like the nougat pretzel, Bee Sting (cake with vanilla pudding cream) or Kölner Röggelchen (sandwich with Gouda and mustard). My personal favourites are the crispy nougat pretzel and the cheese pretzel.

Cologne Cathedral

09:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is not only the city’s most iconic landmark but also a symbol of the city itself. It has survived wars and conflicts over the centuries and remains a symbol of Cologne’s resilience and heritage.

The construction of Kölner Dom began in 1248, but it wasn’t completed until 1880, spanning over six centuries. It was built to house the relics of the Three Kings (Magi), making it an important pilgrimage site during the Middle Ages. The cathedral’s stunning facade features intricate stone carvings, spires, and flying buttresses. Its twin towers stand at around 157 meters (515 feet) tall, making them visible from many parts of the city.

There are free organ concerts in the cathedral during the summer period. The concerts are held every Tuesday at 09:00 PM (see all available concerts here).

It is possible to climb the narrow staircase (533 steps) to the top of the south tower for panoramic views of the city and the Rhine River. Along the way, you’ll see the eight bells of the cathedral, including the massive 24-ton St. Peter’s Bell (Petersglocke). The entrance to the tower is outside the cathedral, on the right side of the main entrance.

There is no possibility to reserve your tickets in advance
Entry ticket: free for the cathedral, €7 – Cathedral Treasury, €6 – to climb the south tower (no lift)

I’ve travelled a lot, but the Cologne Cathedral is one of the most impressive cathedrals I’ve ever seen. I strongly suggest taking the time to explore its stunning interior.

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Kölner Dom is a must-see during your one day in Cologne
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Inside the Cologne Cathedral

The Cathedral Treasury is located outside of the cathedral, on the left side of the main entrance. It houses a rich collection of church relics dating from the Middle Ages. The treasury keeps the Shrine of the Three Kings, a golden sarcophagus that holds the crowned skulls and clothes of the Three Wise Men. The relic was brought from Milan by Holy Roman Emperor Fredrick Barbarossa and given to the Archbishop of Köln, Rainald von Dassel in 1164. Another notable treasure is the Gero Cross (Gero Kreuz). Carved in 976, it is the oldest crucifix north of the Alps that has survived to this day.

Hohenzollern Bridge

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM

For the most iconic views of the cathedral, head to Hohenzollern Bridge. Built in the early 20th century, this bridge links the cathedral on the west side of the Rhine River with Rheinboulevard on the east side.

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Hohenzollern Bridge – a must for your 1-day Cologne itinerary

House of Fragrances 4711

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM

House of Fragrances 4711 is the birthplace of the famous Eau de Cologne and modern perfume. Wilhelm Mülhens founded the factory in 1792 on Cologne’s Glockengasse street, where today you’ll find the flagship store.

The most famous product of 4711 is its signature fragrance, also known as Eau de Cologne (meaning water from Cologne). Created by Italian perfumer Johann Maria Farina, it features citrus scents such as lemon, orange, bergamot, and neroli. The name 4711 comes from the factory’s house number, which was assigned during the French occupation in the 19th century.

Don’t miss the fragrance fountain, filled with the original Eau de Cologne! Find out more about the history of this famous fragrance, by taking this guided tour of House of Fragrances 4711 (every Saturday at 1 PM).

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House of Fragrances 4711 is the birthplace of the famous Eau de Cologne

Lunch at Café Chocolate

12:00 PM – 01:50 PM

For lunch make your way to Café Chocolate, the best place for brunch in Cologne in my opinion. I tasted the Avocado Bread with poached egg and the Tomato Mozzarella Bread, both were fantastic. However, the highlight was the Crowaffel – a waffle made with croissant dough. The Pistachio Crowaffel was absolutely delicious!

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Avocado Bread at Café Chocolate
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Pistachio Crowaffel at Café Chocolate

If you’re craving a second dessert (and who doesn’t), head to Ice Cream United. Their ice cream is made fresh on-site, and it has a smooth and creamy texture. I like the pistachio and hazelnut flavours the most.

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Ice Cream United – the best ice cream in Cologne

Afternoon

Imhoff Chocolate Museum

02:00 PM – 04:00 PM

Situated on the banks of the Rhine River, Imhoff Chocolate Museum is the most popular museum in Cologne. It was founded in 1993 by Hans Imhoff, a well-known German chocolate manufacturer. The Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum is dedicated to the history, production, and cultural significance of chocolate.

The highlights of the museum are the small Tropicarium with cacao trees and the 3-meter-tall chocolate fountain. And the best part is that you can sample the chocolate from the fountain on a wafer!

Make sure to visit the museum’s gift shop, which offers a wide selection of chocolates. It’s a must-visit for me whenever I’m in Cologne.

Booking in advance is recommended (tickets are timed-entry and lines are usually long)
Entry ticket: Skip-the-line Chocolate Museum (free cancellation up to 24 hours)

Dinner at Peters Brauhaus

Finish this 1 day in Cologne with a dinner at Peters Brauhaus. This popular restaurant serves traditional German cuisine. I especially enjoyed the Brodwoosch mit Kartoffelsalat (sausage with potato salad) and the Apfelstrudel mit Vanilleeiscreme.

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Sausage with potatoes at Peters Brauhaus
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Apple strudel at Peters Brauhaus

Another option for dinner is Gilden im Zims, known for serving the best pork knuckles in the city.

Certainly, dinner wouldn’t be complete without tasting the famous local beer Kölsch. This light, pale yellow beer with subtle fruity notes, is typically served in slender 0.2L glasses. The person who serves you the Kölsch beer is called Köbes. The Köbes will automatically bring you a fresh glass of this excellent ale whenever your current one is finished, without requesting it. To decline further servings, simply place the beer coaster atop your glass. To help you keep count, the waiter will mark each beer consumed with a line on your coaster.

Both Peters Brauhaus and Gilden im Zims serve excellent Kölsch beer. Yet, for an exceptional Kölsch beer head to Brauhaus Em Kölsche Boor. Founded in 1760, it is one of the oldest breweries in Cologne.

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Tasting the Kölsch beer is a must when visiting Cologne

More ideas for one day in Cologne

Take a panoramic city cruise

Take this panoramic city cruise and discover the city’s highlights from the water. You’ll journey past the iconic cathedral, Great St. Martin Church and the historic buildings in the Altstadt district. Enjoy the beautiful views from the water of Deutz Bridge, South Bridge and the famous Hohenzollern Bridge.

Brewery Tour with 3 Kölsch Beer Tastings

Join this Brewery Tour with 3 Kölsch Beer Tastings and experience the city’s famous brewing culture. The tour takes you to some of the city’s most renowned breweries, including the historic Früh am Dom and the 700-year-old Brauhaus Sion, as well as younger breweries.

Take a guided tour of the Old Town

Join this Old Town Highlights Tour with a Local and explore the historic Altstadt of Cologne. You’ll discover the iconic Gothic Cathedral, ancient artefacts from the city’s Roman past and the historic Town Hall. Take a walk along the banks of the Rhine River and enjoy the beautiful views.

Enjoy the panoramic views from KölnTriangle

Standing at a height of approximately 103 meters (338 feet), KölnTriangle is one of the city’s tallest buildings. Its observation deck, located on the 28th floor, offers stunning panoramic views of the city, including the Gothic Cathedral and Hohenzollern Bridge. The viewing platform is open daily from 11 AM to 8 PM.

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud is a must for art enthusiasts. Founded in 1861, the museum is named after two noble citizens of Cologne – Franz Ferdinand Wallraf and Johann Heinrich Richartz. Wallraf bequeathed his extensive collection of paintings and coins to the city upon his death, while Richartz generously funded the construction of the museum.

Wallraf-Richartz-Museum showcases masterpieces from the medieval era to the early 20th century. It features some of my favourite artists like Van Gogh, Cézanne, Renoir, Monet, Manet, and Caspar David Friedrich. Be sure to visit the medieval art section, which I found surprisingly interesting despite not being a huge fan of this genre.

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Wallraf-Richartz-Museum is a must for art enthusiasts

Museum Ludwig

Museum Ludwig is another popular art museum. Its primary focus is on modern art, particularly contemporary works from the 20th and 21st centuries. It all began in 1976 when Peter and Irene Ludwig donated 350 works of modern art to the city of Cologne. As a tribute to their contribution, the museum was named Museum Ludwig.

Today, Museum Ludwig boats artworks from different styles like Pop Art, Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism, and German Expressionism. It’s famous for its extensive collections of works by artists like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Gerhard Richter. In fact, Museum Ludwig holds one of the largest Picasso collections in Europe.

Roman-Germanic Museum

This archaeological museum displays artefacts from the Roman settlement of Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium, which later became the city of Cologne. It was built in 1974 on the site of an urban Roman villa, whose remains you can still see in the basement. The museum houses an extensive collection of objects from the Paleolithic period to the early Middle Ages. One of its most famous exhibits is the Dionysus Mosaic, a remarkably well-preserved floor mosaic dating from the 2nd century AD.

Documentation Centre for the National Socialism

If you’re interested in World War II, a visit to the EL-DE Haus (NS-Dokumentationszentrum) is a must. The EL-DE Haus is named after its owner – the wholesaler Leopold Dahmen. The building served as the headquarters of the Secret State Police (Gestapo) from December 1935 until March 1945. In its basement cells, the Gestapo detained and interrogated individuals deemed enemies of the Nazi regime, often subjecting them to torture.

Today the building is both a museum and a memorial to the victims of the Nazi regime. If you want to learn more about World War II, get the audio guide. Keep in mind, that it runs for more than 3 hours, so focus on the parts that interest you the most.

Cologne City Hall

Cologne City Hall (Rathaus in German) is the oldest city hall in Germany with a history of over 800 years. Its oldest section still standing today dates back to 1330. So, make sure to stop for a moment and admire its Renaissance arcade and the 15th-century Gothic tower.

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Kölner Rathaus is the oldest city hall in Germany

Great St. Martin Church

Great St. Martin Church (Gross Sankt Martin) is one of Cologne’s twelve Romanesque churches. It towers above the quaint, colourful houses at Fischmarkt Square. The church’s roots trace back to a Roman chapel from the 10th century, whose remnants you can still see in the crypt. In ancient Roman times, the site where the church now stands was a separate Rhine island, hosting a storehouse. Over time, this island merged with the mainland, ceasing to exist.

The construction of the Great St. Martin Church began in 1150 and lasted until 1250. It is the city’s most beautiful Romanesque church, so make sure to include it on your Cologne itinerary when you visit.

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Great St. Martin Church and the colourful houses at Fischmarkt Square

Zoological Garden

Founded in 1860, the Zoological Garden (Kölner Zoo) is one of the oldest zoos in Germany. It is home to over 10,000 animals from around the world. Some of the highlights include an elephant park and a rainforest hall with a tropical climate, palms and free-roaming birds.

You can buy your Zoological Garden ticket here. Don’t forget to check the feeding times in advance to get the most out of your visit.

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The Zoological Garden is one of the oldest ones in Germany

Cologne Christmas Market

If you’re in Cologne during December, make sure you don’t miss its famous Christmas market. The city hosts one of the most popular Christmas markets in Germany. In fact, there are 8 themed markets, located throughout the Old Town.

Find all you need to know in my in-depth guide to the Cologne Christmas Market.

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The Christmas market in front of Cologne Cathedral

2-day Cologne itinerary

If you have 2 days to spend in Cologne, I suggest following my itinerary for the first day and taking a day trip to Aachen on the second day. Aachen is one of the most charming historic cities near Cologne. However, if you’re here in December, I suggest using the second day to explore Cologne’s Christmas markets (there are 8 large markets).

2 days in Cologne

  • Day 1: Cologne Cathedral, Hohenzollern Bridge, House of Fragrances 4711, Imhoff Chocolate Museum
  • Day 2: Cologne Christmas market (winter) or day trip to Aachen (summer)

3-day Cologne itinerary

If you’re planning to spend 3 days in Cologne, simply follow the suggested two-day itinerary outlined above for the initial two days. Then, on the third day, opt for a Rhine River cruise through the picturesque Siebengebirge mountains or a day trip to Drachenburg Castle or Augustusburg Palace.

3 days in Cologne

  • Day 1: Cologne Cathedral, Hohenzollern Bridge, House of Fragrances 4711, Imhoff Chocolate Museum
  • Day 2: Cologne Christmas market (winter) or day trip to Aachen (summer)
  • Day 3: take a Rhine River cruise or day trip to Drachenburg Castle (or Augustusburg Palace)

Best pass for your 1-day Cologne itinerary

I highly recommend getting the KölnCard if you want to save money. It costs only €9 for 1 day (€18 for 2 days) and includes:

  • free access to public transport for 24/48 hours (single ride ticket is €3)
  • 24% discount at the Chocolate Museum
  • 15% discount at the shop and restaurant at Hard Rock Cafe Köln
  • 10% discount for purchases at House of Fragrances 4711
  • up to 50% discounts off many museums, restaurants and shops

So, by using public transportation twice and visiting the Chocolate Museum, you’re already making savings.

If you’re planning to visit several museums, I’d recommend getting the Museum Card. It costs €20 for two days and gives you free admission to all municipal museums. In addition, you can use the public transport system for free within the city (only on the first day).

Where to stay in Cologne

The best place to stay in Cologne is Altstadt (Old Town). This is the historic part of the city, where you’ll find all the famous attractions, including the iconic cathedral, Museum Ludwig and the Town Hall. Also, the train station is a short stroll away, making it convenient for connections to Cologne Bonn Airport.

I suggest booking a hotel in the area between Kölner Dom and Alter Markt. This way, you’ll be close to everything and within walking distance of attractions and restaurants.


CityClass Hotel Alter Markt – Best mid-range

Guest rating: 8.5 | 3,900+ reviews

Located at the main square in the Old Town, Alter Markt, this hotel is only a 5-minute stroll from the cathedral and the train station. Its prime location means you can easily reach all the main attractions, restaurants, and the Rhine River on foot. The rooms are modern and comfortable, and some even offer stunning views of Kölner Dom.

Why book – 5min walk to the cathedral, modern rooms with city views, great breakfast


Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom – Best luxury

Guest rating: 8.9 | 1,010+ reviews

Located directly opposite the cathedral, Excelsior Hotel Ernst am Dom is a historic hotel, family-owned since 1863. At Taku, a Michelin-starred restaurant, you can sample exotic Asian dishes, while Hanse Stube serves French gourmet cuisine. Additionally, you can treat yourself to delicious pastries and afternoon tea at the Wintergarten, or enjoy live music at the Piano Bar.

Why book – 2min walk to the cathedral and the train station, Michelin-star Asian restaurant, great Spa centre

fischmarkt colourful houses

Getting around in Cologne

The easiest way to get around Cologne is by using the tram and metro (U-Bahn). The city has an extensive network of trams, operated by KVB (Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe). The U-Bahn lines complement the tram network, offering fast transportation across the city, even to suburban areas. Find out more on the official website of KVB.

Although Cologne is one of the largest cities in Germany, its Old Town (Altstadt), where you’ll find all the tourist attractions is small. You can easily explore it on foot without needing any public transportation. If you’re not up for walking, I recommend taking the hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, which stops at all must-see attractions.

How to get to Cologne

By air

The closest airport is Cologne-Bonn Airport, located about 15 kilometres from Cologne’s city centre. The easiest way to reach the city centre from the airport is by taking the train, which departs directly from the airport and stops at Köln Hauptbahnhof.

By train

Cologne is served by the S-Bahn (suburban railway) and Regionalbahn (regional train) networks, operated by Deutsche Bahn (German Rail). These trains connect Cologne with nearby cities and towns, making it easy to travel within the region. Check timetables and book tickets online at Deutsche Bahn official site.

The city’s main train stations are Köln Hauptbahnhof (Cologne Central Station) and Köln Messe/Deutz (Cologne Trade Fair/Deutz Station). Köln Hauptbahnhof is nearer to the Old Town, just a brief 5-minute walk away, making it more convenient.

By car

Cologne has a Low Emission Zone (Umweltzone) in the city centre, where only vehicles meeting certain emissions standards are allowed to enter. In addition, on-street parking in the city centre is limited and subject to time restrictions and fees. However, Cologne has numerous parking garages (Parkhäuser), located in and around the city centre. If you prefer not to drive in the city centre, consider using Park & Ride facilities on the outskirts.

Best one-day trips from Cologne

Siebengebirge Cruise

The Siebengebirge Cruise is the most popular day Rhine River cruise from Cologne. You’ll journey upstream on the Rhine, heading towards the scenic Siebengebirge mountains. Located on the eastern bank of the river, the Siebengebirge mountains are known for their natural beauty and rock formations.

The cruise takes you along Bonn and the famous Drachenfels (Dragon’s Rock), crowned with the ruins of a medieval castle. Legend has it that the hill was once home to a dragon slain by the hero Siegfried.

Aachen

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Aachen is a popular one-day trip from Cologne

Located 1 hour away by train, Aachen is my favourite one-day trip from Cologne. Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor, made Aachen his imperial capital during the late 8th and early 9th centuries. The city served as the principal coronation site for German kings for nearly six centuries.

Some of the most famous landmarks are the Aachen Cathedral and its stunning Palatine Chapel, the beautiful Town Hall and the Couven Museum. Make sure to check out Nobis Printen e.K., known for selling the finest gingerbread in town!

How to get to Aachen
Take a train from the Central Railway Station to Aachen Hbf (about a 50-minute journey).

Koblenz

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The German Corner in Koblenz, where the Rhine and Moselle converge

Koblenz is strategically positioned at the confluence of two major rivers, the Rhine and the Moselle. Founded by the Romans around 8 BC, the city has a rich history, dating back over 2,000 years.

One of the most iconic sights is the Deutsches Eck (German Corner), the place where the Rhine meets the Moselle River. From there you can take the cable car to Ehrenbreitstein Fortress, one of Europe’s largest and best-preserved fortresses.

I highly recommend stopping at Ulrikes Culture Bakery for breakfast and at eGeLoSIa Laden (the best gelato in the city). I particularly enjoyed the pistachio and forest fruit flavours.

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The Ehrenbreitstein Fortress in Koblenz is a must-see
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Ulrikes Culture Bakery

How to get to Koblenz
Take a train from the Central Railway Station to Koblenz Hbf (about a 1-hour journey).

Augustusburg Palace

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The Augustusburg Palace in Brühl

Augustusburg Palace, located in Brühl near Cologne, is one of the finest examples of Rococo architecture in Germany. It was built in the 18th century by Archbishop-Elector Clemens August of Bavaria. The palace served as a residence for the archbishops of Cologne and their guests.

Augustusburg Palace is surrounded by an extensive park, designed in the style of English gardens. In the park, you’ll find the Falkenlust Hunting Lodge, where Clemens August, Prince-Elector of Cologne, practised his favourite sport, falconry.

You can explore the Augustusburg Palace only with a guided tour, but you’re free to visit the Falkenlust Hunting Lodge on your own.

How to get to Augustusburg Palace
Take a train from the Central Railway Station to Brühl Station (15 min journey). The property is less than a 5-minute walk from the train station.

Drachenburg Castle

Standing atop the Drachenfels hill, near the town of Königswinter, Drachenburg Castle offers stunning panoramic views of the Rhine River. The castle is a prime example of 19th-century historicism, featuring a fairytale-like appearance with turrets and spires. In my view, Drachenburg Castle is one of the most magical castles near Cologne. Baron Stephan von Sarter, a wealthy banker, commissioned its construction in the late 19th century.

Today, you can tour the castle and its opulent rooms (don’t forget to take the audioguide for extra insights).

How to get to Drachenburg Castle
Take a train from Cologne Central Railway Station to Königswinter (a 40min journey). From there it’s about 30min walk to the castle. Another option is to take the historical rack railway Drachenfelsbahn from the train station to the castle.

What to see next

The Rhine River Valley isn’t just known for its picturesque vineyards but it’s also home to numerous castles. Some lie in ruins, while others have been transformed into museums or hotels. Find out more in my complete guide to the most popular castles on the Rhine.

Best time to visit Cologne

For pleasant weather, visit Cologne from May to September. It’s also the perfect time to enjoy the popular beer gardens. In February, Cologne hosts its famous Carnival, one of Germany’s largest and oldest celebrations. December is also a busy season due to the city’s celebrated Christmas market, which is one of the best in Europe.

Faqs about visiting Cologne

How many days in Cologne?

One day in Cologne is enough to explore the Old Town, see the iconic Cologne Cathedral and visit the Chocolate Museum. However, if you’re visiting during the Christmas season, plan for extra time as the city hosts several large Christmas markets.

Is 1 day enough in Cologne?

One day is sufficient to see the city’s most popular attractions, including Altstadt, the iconic cathedral, Chocolate Museum and enjoy the famous local Kölsch beer.

What to do in Cologne in 24 hours?

Begin by visiting Cologne Cathedral, the city’s most popular attraction, then make your way to Hohenzollern Bridge for stunning city views. Next, discover the history of chocolate at Imhoff Chocolate Museum. Finish the day with a glass of the famous local beer Kölsch at Peters Brauhaus.

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Avatar Milena Yordanova
I am a full-time traveller and I have visited over 20 countries across 2 continents. Travelling has always been my passion and I love to discover new places, cultures and food. I’m an expert in travel planning and I am here to help you plan your dream vacation.

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