The fourth-largest city in Germany is a characterful 2,000-year-old metropolis by the Rhine River. It’s known for its impressive high-gothic architecture, Romanesque churches, world-class museums and historic old town. From design-led boutique hotels to convenient business hotels, this is our pick of the best hotels in Cologne, Germany – now bookable with Culture Trip.
This grand family-owned five-star hotel, next to the cathedral, dates back to 1863 and has 137 elegant rooms and suites, ranging from a 25sqm (270sqft) Classic Room to the lavish 80sqm (861sqft) Excelsior Suites. There are also three restaurants, including the award-winning Hanse Stube, which serves dishes such as cream soup of ramson with asparagus tempura, plus the Michelin-starred Taku restaurant, which offers an East Asian-inspired menu – think organic chicken with celery in salt dough, aka miso and young leek, or Norway lobster with chilli and ginger sauce, crustacean bisque and coriander.