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City Hall

Over 900 years of history are built into the stones of Cologne’s governmental buildings, where structures from throughout the centuries form one stunning landmark.

Cologne’s City Hall, standing proudly in the heart of the Innenstadt district, is a remarkable mixture of architectural styles and structures. It’s home to the current seat of local government, housed in a complex that represents the artistic history of the region. Visit this eye-catching monument and marvel at the clash of designs melding to create one cohesive and impressive building. 

Trace the different eras of local history from the exterior of the building. The oldest parts of the structure, in the heart of the hall, date back to the 14th century. 

One of the most immediately striking features is the “Ratsturm” or City Hall Tower, an ornate, Gothic structure from the late 14th century that stands at 200 feet (61 meters) tall. Count the 130 stone statues that line the ridges of the octagonal and tetragonal floors. Watch the wooden face sculpture on the tower open its mouth and rudely stick out its tongue when the hour changes.

Wander along the edge of the building from the tower to find a remarkable Renaissance Loggia from the 1500s. These elegant arches replaced a medieval entrance to the hall and are widely celebrated as a typical example of architecture from the era. Step beneath two tiers of vaulted archways to enter the hall and see the interior.

Many of the rooms are now where legal proceedings take place, so entry is not possible, but you can still admire the atrium designed in the 20th-century modernist style. Enter the Hansasaal, the heart of the building and its oldest room. It was built in the 14th century although it was reconstructed after World War II. Check out the many sculptures around the walls.

Find the City Hall in the region of Cologne known as Innenstadt, in the center of the city. Walk here from other attractions: the Museum Ludwig is 5 minutes away while the Chocolate Museum is 15 minutes. The hall is open on weekdays, closing early on Fridays.


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Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln $112
Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln

Dorint Hotel am Heumarkt Köln

Pipinstrasse 1, Cologne, NW
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Alter Markt, and City Hall. Romano-Germanic Museum and Great St. Martin Church are also within 10 minutes. Heumarkt U-Bahn is only a 3-minute walk and Neumarkt U-Bahn is 8 minutes.

    Hyatt Regency Cologne $177
    Hyatt Regency Cologne

    Hyatt Regency Cologne

    Kennedy-Ufer 2a, Cologne, NW
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cologne Triangle Panorama and Musical Dome. LANXESS Arena and Museum Ludwig are also within 15 minutes. Deutzer Freiheit U-Bahn is 8 minutes by foot and Deutz Koelnarena U-Bahn is 9 minutes.

      Steigenberger Hotel Köln $84
      Steigenberger Hotel Köln

      Steigenberger Hotel Köln

      Habsburgerring 9-13, Cologne, NW
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Neumarkt, Cologne Cathedral, and City Hall. Alter Markt and Chocolate Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km). Rudolfplatz U-Bahn and Moltkestrasse U-Bahn are within a 5-minute walk.

        Cologne Marriott Hotel $103
        Cologne Marriott Hotel

        Cologne Marriott Hotel

        Johannisstr. 76-80, Cologne, NW
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Innenstadt, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Musical Dome, Cologne Cathedral, and Museum Ludwig. Cologne Zoo and Alter Markt are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cologne Central Station is only a 5-minute walk and Ebertplatz U-Bahn is 11 minutes.

          AZIMUT Hotel Cologne $72
          AZIMUT Hotel Cologne

          AZIMUT Hotel Cologne

          Hansaring 97, Cologne, NW
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of MediaPark and Cologne Cathedral. Cologne Zoo and Musical Dome are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cologne Hansaring Station is only a 2-minute walk and Ebertplatz U-Bahn is 8 minutes.

            Lindner Hotel Dom Residence $110
            Lindner Hotel Dom Residence

            Lindner Hotel Dom Residence

            Stolkgasse/ An den Dominikanern 4a, Cologne, NW
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Cologne Cathedral, Romano-Germanic Museum, and Museum Ludwig. Cologne Philharmonic and Great St. Martin Church are also within 15 minutes. Appellhofplatz Breite Strasse U-Bahn is 7 minutes by foot and Cologne Central Station is 6 minutes.

              CityClass Hotel Residence am Dom $77
              CityClass Hotel Residence am Dom

              CityClass Hotel Residence am Dom

              Alter Markt 55, Cologne, NW
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is steps from City Hall and Cologne Philharmonic. Wallraf-Richartz-Museum and Cologne Cathedral are also within 10 minutes. Heumarkt U-Bahn is only a 5-minute walk and Cologne Central Station is 7 minutes.

                Eden Hotel Früh am Dom $122
                Eden Hotel Früh am Dom

                Eden Hotel Früh am Dom

                Sporergasse 1, Cologne, NW
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is steps from Wallraf Square, Hohe Strasse, and Cologne Cathedral. City Hall and Chocolate Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km). Heumarkt U-Bahn is 8 minutes by foot and Appellhofplatz Breite Strasse U-Bahn is 9 minutes.