Plenty of options available to suit every budget
Extensive public and private transport is available
April to November
Rheinpark is where Cologne relaxes. The walkways that crisscross the lush park, in the city’s north-east, lead visitors to a river promenade. Take a seat on a bench to see the Rhine stretch in front of Cologne’s skyline, with Rheinpark’s trees at your back.
For the most romantic view of the city, cross the river to Cologne’s often neglected east side. A night-time stroll along the Kennedy embankment shows off a brightly lit cathedral behind the dark river, next to the steel arches of the Hohenzollern railway bridge.
Inside the tropical hothouses of Cologne’s Botanical Garden, exotic flowers and plants blossom. The garden, going back to the 19th century, is a beautifully landscaped oasis of calm in the north of the city, dotted with fountains, flower beds and small waterways.