Experience Germany's Rhineland at Hostels in Cologne
Looking to experience the center of Germany's Rhine country? You'll find it here in Cologne, an energetic city with a history spanning two millennia. From the Cologne cathedral - one of Europe's best examples of High Gothic architecture - to a thriving student population with an anything goes approach, hostels in Cologne will put Germany's oldest city at your fingertips.
Staying in Cologne
One great hostel in Cologne to stay in is Pathpoint Cologne Backpacker Hostel. Located smack dab in the city center, Cologne's historic sites are just outside the door. This rather unique hostel was originally a Protestant church, and now the former sanctuary has become an open lounge with internet terminals for international guests. This modern hostel in Cologne features rooms with 2-8 beds, and each room has its own private bath. This hostel is open 24 hours and features Wi-Fi, laundry facilities, a self-catering kitchen, breakfast option, and more. With guests from all over the world, you're sure to make friends in a convivial atmosphere.
Pathpoint Cologne Backpacker Hostel
Phone: +49 221 1305686-0
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There are other Cologne hostels that offer a variety of amenities and locations in the Rhine metropolis. Check out Cologne hostels like Cologne Riehl City Hostel and Cologne Deutz City Hostel, which is located across the Rhine river from the Old Town. If your journey continues through Germany, find more information on HI hostels around the country with a visit to HI hostels in Germany.
Things to See and Do in Cologne
Cologne is an ancient city dating back to Roman times, and you'll even find a Roman museum with mosaics and artifacts in the city centre. Located on the Rhine River, this cosmopolitan city has been a wealthy hub of trade for centuries and today is the media capital of Germany. Head out from your hostel in Cologne and explore the legacy of this magnificent city.
Cologne Cathedral - The city's landmark is the magnificent Cologne Cathedral. One of the best examples of High Gothic architecture, the Cologne cathedral is unique in that it was completed according to the original plans. Mind you, it took over 600 years to construct Germany's largest cathedral when the second tower was finally finished in 1880. The stained glass and stone carvings are impressive, as is the view when you climb the steps up to the bell tower.
Museum Ludwig - Art lovers will consider this modern art museum a must. It covers art from the 20th century on and its works come from the largest collection of pop art outside the USA. Here you'll find Andy Warhol's Brillo boxes and George Segal's Restaurant Window next to Roy Lichtenstein's M-Maybe.
Rhine Promenade - Take a stroll or a bicycle ride along the grassy banks of the Rhine River. Take in the constant flow of boats on Germany's major waterway and see the city from the water. This is a great place for a picnic and to meet outside and relax with friends. An extra bonus: you'll find the lovely Hohenzollern Bridge near the cathedral as well as the Chocolate Museum along the promenade.
Römisch-Germanisches Museum - The Roman-Germanic museum highlights the Roman roots of Germany's oldest city. The Dionysus mosaic, which covers a large swath of the lower floor, is one of the highlights. Experience life for residents of Cologne from Roman times through the early Middle Ages.
Medieval Cologne - Although most of the historic city center was destroyed in World War II, Cologne still has a number of fine architectural relics. Within the boundaries of the city walls, you'll find a total of twelve Romanesque churches, some of which date back to 900 and are considered some of the most important in Western Europe. You'll also find three of the medieval city gates that once guarded the entries along the city walls. The town hall, or Rathaus, is also a lovely example of medieval architecture. The Cologne City Museum offers great insight into the city's history and is housed in the old armory building constructed around 1600.
Dining & Nightlife in Cologne
Your hostel in Cologne is never far from great dining and nightlife. The city offers a wide variety of international cuisine at any number of restaurants from upscale to student budget-friendly. Go for traditional fare with meat and vegetables, such as Rheinischer Soorbrode, which is usually a beef dish served with dumplings and red cabbage. The drink of choice in Cologne is Kölsch, a light ale brewed only in Cologne that is served in .2 dl glasses.
If nightlife is your attraction, then a hostel in Cologne is the perfect choice. With over 70 clubs and party hot spots, you'll find every kind of music and scene imaginable. Cologne boasts the highest number of pubs per capita in Germany, so you're sure to find the perfect local watering hole to suit your tastes.
Getting Around in Cologne
Thanks to an excellent public transit system, it's easy to reach your hostel in Cologne and get around the city. Two metro lines and an array of trams and buses will get you around the city comfortably. Visitors should consider the Köln WelcomeCard, a transportation pass that offers discounts at many local attractions and provides a cheaper alternative to single-fare rides.
The Cologne airport is connected by bus as well as directly by train (14 minutes to the city center). Many visitors will arrive directly at the main Cologne train station, which is located in the heart of the city directly adjacent to the Cologne Cathedral.