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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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Hyatt Regency Cologne $176
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.

    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.

        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.

          BURNS fair & more $74
          BURNS fair & more

          BURNS fair & more

          Adam-Stegerwald-Straße 9, Cologne, NW
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Muelheim, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cologne Triangle Panorama, LANXESS Arena, and Claudius Therme. Cologne Zoo and Cologne Trade Fair Grounds are also within 2 mi (3 km). Stegerwaldsiedlung U-Bahn is only a 5-minute walk and Gruenstrasse U-Bahn is 14 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.

              Lindner Hotel Dom Residence $109
              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.

                Boutique 009 Köln-City $66
                Boutique 009 Köln-City

                Boutique 009 Köln-City

                Ursulaplatz 9-11, Cologne, NW
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Innenstadt, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hohe Strasse, Cologne Cathedral, and Musical Dome. Museum Ludwig and Alter Markt are also within 15 minutes. Appellhofplatz Breite Strasse U-Bahn is 9 minutes by foot and Cologne Central Station is 6 minutes.