11 Cool Places to Take a Date in Cologne

A young couple watches the sun set over Cologne Cathedral | © Prasit Rodphan / Shutterstock
A young couple watches the sun set over Cologne Cathedral | © Prasit Rodphan / Shutterstock
Photo of Marion Kutter
25 November 2017

While you might not think of Cologne as the most romantic place, the city does hold some great spots where you could take a date. No, we’re not necessarily talking about dinner and a drink. If you’re stuck for ideas on how to spice things up, you’re in luck. Culture Trip has made a list of 11 suggestions for a fun date.

Shop for a bargain

Take your date for a stroll and rummage through kitsch and antiques at one of Cologne’s flea markets. Every Saturday, locals get their unused items from their basements and attics and head to the Stadtflohmarkt in Cologne’s student district. The market will give you lots of opportunities to dig up some curiosities and gems.

Stadtflohmarkt, Luxemburger Straße 124, Cologne, Germany, +49 221 955645441

Enjoy exotic cocktails

Little Link is an award-winning cocktail bar in Cologne’s Belgian quarter. Its stylish décor, dimmed lights, and subtle music make for an atmosphere that’s both elegant and casual. On the menu are some all-time favourites and a whole bunch of creative cocktails that go by names such as ‘Bavarian Zombie’, ‘Witches Brew’ and ‘Currywurst Cocktail’.

Little Link, Maastrichter Straße 20, Cologne, Germany, +49 162 7833366

Go on a brewery tour

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Beer is an essential part of Cologne’s cultural identity, and brewhouses have a long-standing tradition. The old town provides the perfect setup for a Kölsch tour. Most of the breweries are scattered around the Heumarkt area, and you can hop from one to the next within minutes. And while you’re at it, you can sample some of Cologne’s culinary specialities. The Malzmühle – the home of the popular Mühlen Kölsch – is an excellent place to start.

Head to the Glowing Rooms

If you want to impress your date with your mini-golf skills, the trendy quarter Ehrenfeld holds the right place for you. Glowing Rooms is an indoor mini-golf course that spices up the game with 3D effects. Floors, walls and ceilings are painted in bright neon colours all lit up by black lights. You’ll be handed 3D glasses at the entrance, which will let the underwater world, universe and Maya temple motifs come to life.

Glowing Rooms, Venloer Straße, Cologne, Germany, +49 221 58983385

Mural at the Glowing Rooms mini-golf venue in Cologne | Courtesy of Glowing Rooms

Watch a film at the drive-in cinema

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The drive-in theatre in Cologne Porz is an excellent way to uplevel a cinema date – given that you have a car. It’s open year-round and screens a selection of the latest films. The on-site snack bar supplies you with burgers, hot dogs, popcorn, ice cream and drinks, and you can rent portable heaters for the colder months.

Take a stroll around the botanical gardens

Cologne’s botanical gardens are one of the most romantic spots in the city. More than 10,000 species of plants are on display in the greenhouses and gardens. Beautifully arranged flower beds, intricately cut hedges, an English garden landscape and more surround the grand Flora building, which dates back to 1864 and hosts weddings, anniversaries and other events throughout the year.

Flora und Botanischer Garten Köln, Am Botanischen Garten 1a, Cologne, Germany, +49 221 8213183

Go to the beach

Even though swimming in the Rhine River is advised against, and in some places also prohibited, the riverbanks offer some beaches. You’ll find the prettiest spots in Rodenkirchen, where trees dot the sandy riverside, casting shadows on a hot day.

Rodenkirchen Beach, Uferstraße 45, Cologne, Germany

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