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Highlights Cologne

  • Big city on the Rhine
  • Cologne Carnival
  • Family-friendly leisure activities
  • Multitude of sights
  • Multifaceted hiking and cycling paths

Prices and availability

Vacation rental prices Cologne

$182for 10 Dec - 17 Dec
$219 annual average
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Vacation rentals availability Cologne

8%for 10 Dec - 17 Dec
76% annual average
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Vacation rentals in Cologne

Excellent accommodation in central location

Kilometres along the banks of the Rhine, a multi-faceted programme of culture, leisure activities, culinary highlights and sporting activities make Cologne a popular travel destination. In the middle of the pulsating Rhine metropolis, you can reside in a modern apartment or a first-class holiday apartment with top equipment in the Old Town North with the famous Schildergasse, the Old Town South or the surrounding districts of the left bank of the Rhine in Nippes, Lindenthal, Neustadt-Nord or Ehrenfeld. Sights, restaurants and shopping opportunities change the streetscape here and also offer a comfortable feel-good atmosphere thanks to well-tended green belts. With a little luck, you will even have a view of the cathedral from the window of your holiday apartment. A popular residential area on the right bank of the Rhine is the green Merheim, with the Merheimer Heide.

Attractive vacation rentals in green surroundings

Away from the hustle and bustle, holidaymakers spend wonderful days in the residential districts of Porz, Mülheim, Rodenkirchen, Braunsfeld and Dellbrück. Especially in the south and on the right bank of the Rhine you will live in a cosy holiday apartment or a spacious vacation rental which is close to parks and recreational areas. In the neighbourhood of the Königsforst or the Gierather Wald you will find fantastic accommodations, which offer an excellent starting point for excursions into the Rhineland or the city centre.

Vacation in Cologne

Location and orientation

Germany's fourth largest city

With around one million inhabitants, the cathedral city extends over an area of 405.02 square kilometres as the most populous metropolis in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Cologne belongs to the Cologne/Bonn conurbation and the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region and is an internationally important business location. The towns of Dormagen, Leverkusen, Bergisch Gladbach and Hürth border the administrative district.

Geographical features

In the area of the Niederterrassen, on the southern edge of the Niederrheinische Bucht, the megacity lies in the Cologne Bay between the Eifel and the Bergisches Land. The city area is crossed by the Rhine from south-north direction and divides Cologne into left and right Rhine city halves.

Hohenzollern bridge with castles of love
Hohenzollern bridge with castles of love

Travelers and Activities

Cologne for families


Between historic buildings, the Rhine and green spaces, there is much for children's eyes to discover. The family-friendly metropolis offers a multitude of attractions that are tailored to the needs and interests of the youngest. Adventurous city tours, ranging from creepy stories to funny treasure hunts, make Cologne's history vivid and child-friendly. Knowledge-hungry holidaymakers will also get their money's worth at the Chocolate Museum or the Odysseum.
But also the fun does not come too briefly in the cathedral city. Visits to the Cologne Zoo, the trampoline park Jump House, the swimming pool Aqualand, the children's tour of Cologne or the 700 playgrounds ensure an entertaining leisure programme. A highlight of the Rhineland is the Phantasialand in Brühl.

Cologne for cyclists and hikers


In addition to the multifaceted architecture in the city area, the surrounding area of the cathedral city offers varied routes for recreational athletes who want to explore the Rhine region on foot or on two wheels. Past disused mining facilities, through nature parks and along the river banks, you will get to know Cologne from its natural side.
Bikers can ride through the wooded north-east of Cologne, the Königsforst forest to the Wahner Heide or the green belt on the left bank of the Rhine. A paradise of culture and green idyll also opens up for journeymen. Interesting insights await you on the Cologne Trail between Roggendorf and Merkenich, on the farm path over the Wahnbach Valley or in the Bensberg district.

In 2016 the world champion and soccer player Lukas Podolski conquered the German charts with the Cologne anthem "Liebe deine Stadt".

Things to know

Between Roman Antiquity and Modern Times


As one of the oldest cities in the country, Cologne can look back on 2,000 years of history, which strongly influenced the cityscape. Already in the year 19 before Christ the Roman tribe of the Ubier settled on the banks of the Rhine. To this day, the ancient road networks, the Roman tower and other remains of the city wall remind us of the time of its foundation. The architectural highlights of the Middle Ages, which line the city centre, are outstanding.
These include sacred buildings such as Cologne Cathedral, the Town Hall, the Eigelsteintorburg or the Stapelhaus. During the Second World War, around 80 percent of the city was destroyed, which was painstakingly reconstructed and rebuilt in the 1950s. This epoch was the forerunner of modern urban development, in which striking buildings such as the Opera House and Theatre, the Philharmonic Hall and the Rhine Bank Tunnel were built.

Kölle Alaaf

When everyday life comes to a standstill and the city is in a state of emergency, the fifth season was heralded in Cologne. Every year from Weiberfastnacht at 11:11 a.m. to Ash Wednesday there is a hustle and bustle in the streets when more than a million locals and tourists celebrate carnival extensively. During the Rhenish Festival, visitors to a holiday apartment in Cologne's Old Town live amidst the spectacle of costume sessions, the Rose Monday procession and masked balls. For days on end, party songs and hits create a cheerful atmosphere in all the pubs and bars, animating you to dance and sway. Now at the latest you should definitely try a "Kölsch".

Top 5 travel tips

Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral
1. A visit to Cologne Cathedral


The Roman Catholic Church, officially known as the "High Cathedral Church of St. Peter", is under the patronage of the Apostle Peter and has been considered a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site since 1996.
Take part in church services and organ concerts or explore the cathedral and its treasure chamber on an interesting guided tour. A climb up the cathedral is also possible, offering you a breathtaking view over the entire city. The cathedral is within walking distance from your holiday apartment in the centre of Cologne!

2. Music at the Philharmonie or the Cologne Opera

Music lovers watch out! In the Philharmonie you can expect a varied programme with great works of the symphonic repertoire. Regular events also include jazz sessions, folk and pop events. The Cologne Opera is also culturally sophisticated. It enjoys an excellent reputation not only among visitors, but also among international critics, and for decades the work of directors, conductors and singers of world standing has been on display here.

3. A day full of culture

Culture lovers won't be disappointed either in Cologne: in various theatres you can marvel at a wide range of performances. No matter if city theatre in the Schauspielhaus or one of the many small stages - the plays will captivate you in your armchair. The unique and diverse museum landscape of the city provides exciting voyages of discovery. The offer ranges from modern art in the "Museum Ludwig" to antique works exhibited in the "Roman-Germanic Museum".

4. Strolling along the waterfront

On the banks of the Rhine you can take long walks along the long, green promenade. Stroll towards the sunset and enjoy a great view of the passing ships and the city panorama. It is also great to whiz along the promenade by bike. You can rent a bike at one of the many bike rental points and cycle through the city with it.

5. Looking at animals in Cologne Zoo

The Cologne Zoo offers fun for the whole family! Stroll through the extensive zoo and enjoy elephants, giraffes and baby monkeys. In the petting zoo the little ones can experience the animals up close. Strengthen yourself with an ice cream during the eventful day. In the evening you can let the beautiful day pass in review on the terrace of your holiday apartment in Cologne.

FAQs: Vacation Rentals in Cologne

How much do the vacation rentals in Cologne cost on average?

At an average cost of $197 per night, Cologne lies at the upper end of the price range for vacation rentals in Germany.

What time of year offers, on average, the best vacation rental prices in Cologne?

Those who want to save as much as possible travel to Cologne in March, December, or April, the cheapest months of the year, with average prices of $172, $174, and $176 per night, respectively, based on the previous year.

When does the price of vacation rentals in Cologne go up the most?

Following the data observed last year, costs per night for accommodation here are usually higher, on average, during the months of June ($235), May ($227), and August ($217).

Are there usually many vacation rentals available in Cologne?

We recommend you to book in advance in Cologne as only 35% of the properties remain available throughout the year, according to last year's data.

What time of the year can I find more available vacation rentals?

The most available months are, on average, May (with an availability of 56%), April (52%), and June (46%), according to the trends observed in the prior year.

How many rentals does Holidu have in Cologne?

We have grouped together the offers from 14 different partners in Cologne, so we can offer you around 620 properties. You're going to have a hard time choosing your favorite!

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