Shopping in Cologne and outside the city
Shopping streets in Cologne
Schildergasse is one of Germany's most popular shopping streets with brand name shops like Adidas, Puma, Tommy Hilfiger or Desigual. Other shopping streets, Hohe Straße or Mittelstraße, are located nearby.
Königsallee in Düsseldorf
Königsallee is a shopper's paradise and a landmark in the city of Düsseldorf – only around 40 km from Cologne. This street boasts all the famous designer brands, including Armani, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Chanel, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton or Prada.
Designer outlet in Roermond
In nearby Holland, the Designer Outlet in Roermond attracts shoppers from many countries. Over 200 stores designer fashion from brands such as Armani, Hugo Boss or Prada at discounts of up to 70%. Roermond is just a one-hour drive from Cologne.
4711 Original Eau de Cologne
Not only a favourite of Napoleon; the scent of Original Eau de Cologne is widely known far beyond Cologne's city borders. Originally sold as a miracle water and a tonic in the 18th century, by the middle of the 20th century 4711 had become a global brand in the cosmetic industry.
Carnival in Cologne
"Kölle Alaaf" – this fool's cry sounds in the fifth season in the city of Cologne. Carnival traditionally begins each year at 11 minutes past 11 on the eleventh day of the eleventh month. The highlight of Carnival is Rose Monday. Carnival fools in masquerade get together for parades on the streets and celebrate and dance happily to typical Carnival music.
This beer is the most popular beverage in Cologne. It has been brewed on the river Rhine since 874 and is typically served in 0.2 litre glasses, the so-called Kölsch rod. There are many breweries in Cologne and just as many types of Kölsch – each with its very own distinct taste.
Sights in Cologne
Apart from being the city's landmark, Cologne Cathedral has also been declared a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site. For Christians all over the world, it is also a place of pilgrimage where they kneel before the bones of the Three Wise Men in the golden shrine. Anyone brave enough to climb 100 metres up the narrow spiral staircase in the southern tower will be rewarded with a panorama view over the city of Cologne and the surrounding countryside.
Germany's largest event hall has been the venue for many spectacular concerts by Bryan Adams, Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, Madonna and many more international stars. And every so often, the place heats up, for instance, when the Kölner Haie ice hockey team chase the puck across the ice.
Cologne is home to the oldest art fair in the world. Once a year, artists and fans of art come together at the Art Cologne. At the fair, around 200 international galleries display works of art, including paintings, sculpture, installations and much more.
The Chocolate Museum is a highlight for both young and old. Visitors can learn about the history of chocolate, how it is made and transformed into the most delicious temptation in the world.
Strolling through the Rheinauhafen district, you will come across some extraordinary contemporary architecture. The three "Crane Houses" are reminiscent of the giant cranes that once stood in the old harbour. They are primarily used as office buildings, however, they also house luxurious apartments and penthouses.
Historical Cologne and its Roman heritage
The Roman Tower is the best preserved of the 19 watchtowers from the 2nd and 3rd century that were once part of Cologne's city walls. This historical monument is located on the corner of Sankt-Apern-Straße and Zeughausstraße.
The origins of Hohe Straße date back to Roman times. Today, Hohe Straße is a popular pedestrian shopping street.
As the palace on the Rhine, the Praetorium was the residence of the city's Roman governor. Although destroyed by an earthquake, the remains of this important building were uncovered during construction work in the 1950s and have now been excavated for viewing.
The Ubian monument is the oldest remaining German stone monument which dates back to 4 A.D. There is no clear evidence of its original purpose, however, it is likely that it was a port watchtower.