Stay at one of our Holiday Inn® Cologne hotels to explore this friendly, walkable city on the River Rhine. In the old town, you'll be drawn to the gothic splendor of Cologne Cathedral and jovial beer cellars serving refreshing Kölsch brews.
Cologne Cathedral is just a short hop from our Cologne hotels. The gothic cathedral's scale and intricate stonework is simply breathtaking, particularly in the golden afternoon light. It's free to see the interior, where the bejeweled Shrine of the Three Kings shines above the high altar. Climb the tower's 509 steps for views across the city's rooftops. The Roman treasures of the Römisch-Germanisches Museum and Museum Ludwig's prized pop art collection are a few steps away. Our hotels in Cologne are also close to the pastel-painted old town on the River Rhine. Join locals to relax in riverside parks and watch as boats drift by. If you have kids in tow, treat them to a visit to the Chocolate Museum.
Your Cologne hotel is near the old town's warren of lanes and wood-beamed beer cellars. Here light, hoppy Kölsch beers are poured into tall Stangen (0.2-liter glasses). Such local brews go well with hearty, good-value Rhenish fare like braised pickled beef, potato pancakes and herring salad. Enjoy the city’s lively nightlife in bars in the old town, the fashionable Belgian Quarter and the University Quarter. Bustling Hohe Strasse and Schildergasse are shopping meccas. Eau de Cologne gushes from a fountain at the famous 4711 fragrance shop on Glockengasse, where you can pick up a perfumed gift and hear the glockenspiel ring on the hour.
Book our Holiday Inn® Cologne hotels to experience the craziness of Cologne Carnival, one of Europe's biggest street parties. Christmas markets light up the city in December, while summer brings open-air music festivals.