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Cologne Zoo

This is one of the country’s oldest zoological gardens, and has the biggest collection of animals in Germany.

Cologne’s zoo is in Riehl, north of the city center along the Rhine River. It was founded in 1860 and is Germany’s third-oldest zoo. It’s home to more than 500 species of animals from every ocean and continent, including predators and big cats.

The zoo features displays as diverse as a 19th-century menagerie to a dense rainforest habitat. View the big cats in their glass-fronted enclosure. Visit the zoo’s elephant park, which was opened in 2004 and remains one of the largest in northern Europe. Here you can meet Maha Kumari, the baby elephant, and her brothers and sisters Marlar and Ming Jung.

Apes roam the jungle house exhibit, where you’ll also find exotic birds and reptiles. Bird lovers will also enjoy the Eulenkloster enclosure, where owls nest. Some bird species such as peacocks roam the grounds freely.

The zoo covers 20 hectares (50 acres). It’s easy to navigate, thanks to well-signed paths and a simple layout. Many of the enclosures are indoors, so the zoo is worth a visit in any kind of weather.

An aquarium sits beside the zoo and is included in the ticket price. It introduces visitors to a diverse underwater world with a variety of marine animals, including tropical fish, star fish and seahorses. You’ll also find a terrarium – a glassed-in garden – and an insectarium, for spotting insects.

A trip to Cologne Zoo and the aquarium is a full-day activity. The zoo is open 365 days a year. Check the official website for seasonal opening hours and ticket prices, as well as feeding times and special events.

To get there, take the U-Bahn line 18 from the central station. In the warmer months you can also catch the Zoo Express mini-train. It leaves every 30 minutes from Cologne Cathedral on the banks of the Rhine, opposite the tourist information office.


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Hotel Cristall

Hotel Cristall

Ursulaplatz 9-11, Cologne
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Modern hotel situated in Cologne's city center, near the Dom Cathedral, Old Town, Central Station and Rhine.

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FairCruise Business Hotelship Cologne

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This vessel pulls anchor and sets sail from Cologne for at least part of your stay.

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Courtyard by Marriott Cologne

Dagobertstrasse 23, Cologne
4.3
of 5, from 216 reviews
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Located in Altstadt-Nord, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Musical Dome and Cologne Cathedral. Romano-Germanic Museum and Great St. Martin Church are also within 1 mi (2 km).

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Hotel Viktoria

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4.1
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Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cologne Cable Car, Cologne Cathedral, and Great St. Martin Church. Romano-Germanic Museum and City Hall are also within 2 mi (3 km).

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KNM MS Switzerland II - Cologne

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3.8
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3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Altstadt-Sued, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Haymarket, Great St. Martin Church, and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. Alter Markt and City Hall are also within 10 minutes.

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Lindner Hotel Dom Residence

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4.4
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This Cologne hotel is within a half-kilometer (about 0.3 mi) of the Cologne Cathedral, Old Town, the National Socialist Document Center, and the Museum Ludwig. The River Rhine is 1 km away.

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Centro Hotel Ayun

Centro Hotel Ayun

Deutz-Mülheimer-Strasse 184, Cologne
3.3
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3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Muelheim, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Claudius Therme and within 3 mi (5 km) of Great St. Martin Church and Romano-Germanic Museum. Cologne Cathedral and City Hall are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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BURNS fair & more

Adam-Stegerwald-Straße 9, Cologne
4.1
of 5, from 61 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Located in Muelheim, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Claudius Therme and within 3 mi (5 km) of Great St. Martin Church and Romano-Germanic Museum. City Hall and Cologne Cathedral are also within 3 mi (5 km).