5 Free Things To Do In Cologne.

Cologne Bemused Backpacker

Germany is in general a fantastic yet vastly underrated country, and even within that general air of unassuming charm Cologne often loses out on many backpacker itineraries to its more popular neighbour Berlin. But like many underdogs this fantastic German city has a lot of weight behind its punch and can hold its own with the best of destinations. In fact, Cologne is one of my favourite European cities!

However, whether you are coming here for a city break or as a longer tour of Germany, like many places in Europe Cologne can put a pretty hefty dent in your budget if you are not careful. Luckily, there is plenty to do that won’t set you back a single cent!

Cologne Cathedral.

The Catheral – or Dom (for once I prefer the English word) – is one of the largest Catholic Cathedrals in Europe and certainly one of the most visually stunning. Dating back to the 13th Century, it has been preserved as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is well worth setting aside a couple of hours to explore the architecture and enjoy the art of the stained glass windows. If you are fit, you can also climb the 500 plus steps up the towers, it really isn’t as easy as it looks and can be a tight fit if you cross anyone coming the other direction, but the views that you get in reward are more than worth the effort.

Explore the old town with a tailor made walking tour.

Wandering around Colognes wonderfully preserved and restored streets really does evoke a wonderfully medieval atmosphere. There are numerous old Romanesque churches, a picturesque 12th Century city hall and the historic alter Markt, the atmospheric Rheinauhafen harbour and numerous other historical buildings. It really doesn’t matter what order your tour goes in, just take your time and soak in the atmosphere and the sights.

Stroll along the Rhine.

Taking a stroll along the Rhine promenade, especially on a warm summers evening, is the perfect way to end a day exploring this great city and one of the best ways to see the city. There are a number of free attractions along the west bank too, including the peaceful Rheinepark and a number of man made beaches. If you can time it right, walk over the Deutzer Bridge for fantastic views of the city skyline at sunset.

Flora and Botanical Garden.

Cologne flora and botanical garden

Located along the Rhine, these magnificent gardens are a perfect escape for an hour or two. Explore the stunning manicured gardens and greenhouses and even have a little picnic.

Visit 4711 Cologne house.

For a little bit of quirky culture head to Cologne 4711, named after the designation given to the building when Napoleon occupied the city (yes, it has that much history) and is considered to be the birthplace of modern perfume! It is also the birthplace of the famous perfume Eau De Cologne 4711 (which was also named after the building) and you can even dip your hands in a fountain filled with the perfume itself!

I hope you are enjoying this ‘free things to do in …’ series and find it useful, if you have any specific requests then please let me know in the comments section below. If I have been there then I’ll add it to the list!

 

Related Articldes

5 Free Things To Do In Berlin.

Europe.

Germany.

Michael Huxley is a published author, freelance travel writer and founder of Bemused Backpacker. He is also a charge nurse by vocation with an interest in emergency nursing and travel medicine, but his real passion is travel. Since finding his wanderlust a decade ago in South East Asia, he has bounced from one end of the planet to another and has no intention of slowing down.

Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Travel Lists
2 comments on “5 Free Things To Do In Cologne.
  1. Shikha says:

    I loved Cologne when I went a couple of years ago for exactly these reasons – it was one of those rare European cities where I managed to see and do quite a lot without having to part with too many pennies and still so beautiful! Beautiful place 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Hi, I'm Michael! I'm a published author, qualified nurse and world travelling professional adventurer! I have spent 15 years travelling over 100 countries and I want to inspire you to do the same! Want to know more about me? Just click here!

Get notified about all the latest travel tips, advice and inspiration as well as amazing competitions and exclusive discounts!

Join 20,037 other followers

Copyright notice.

© Bemused Backpacker and the gecko logo is owned and copyrighted by Michael Huxley 2017. Unless stated, all blog and website content is owned and copyrighted by Michael Huxley 2017.

Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from Michael Huxley is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Michael Huxley and Bemused Backpacker with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Protected by Copyscape DMCA Copyright Detector

%d bloggers like this: