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Rheinau Harbour

Stroll along this re-energized waterfront promenade to enjoy its harbor views, museums and eclectic mix of modern architecture and heritage landmarks.

Cologne’s Rheinau Harbour (Rheinauhafen) is a glamorous modern waterfront a short distance south of the city’s historic quarter. An urban renewal project in 2002 put the spotlight on this former commercial harbor and turned it into a revitalized inner-city hub. With its stunning Rhine River views and varied architecture of gleaming modern structures standing alongside historic wharf buildings, Rheinau Harbour is a scenic spot for a stroll in the city. Check out museums, explore the marina and discover the area’s culinary scene.

A long, narrow wharf encloses Rheinau Harbour, making it possible to enjoy a variety of waterfront views. Wander along the inner promenade and see the yachts moored in the marina. This charming marina was built on the site of the former commercial port, which was fortified in 1892. Wander along the finger-like wharf and enjoy views of the Rhine River. You might see boats coming into port or steaming up and down the waterway.

This section of Rheinau Harbour presents the widest diversity of architectural styles. See the intriguingly designed Kranhaus (Crane House) buildings, which are modern monuments to the harbor’s former commercial structures. Rising nearly 200 feet (60 meters) into the sky, the buildings are sleekly reminiscent of hoisting cranes. Check out the heritage Siebengebirge (Seven Hills) warehouses and the old powerhouse.

Investigate some of the area museums. You’ll be delighted with the fascinating stories and tasty treats that the Chocolate Museum presents. Visit the German Sport & Olympics Museum to learn about the history of national and international competitive sport in the country.

Relax with a drink at a waterfront bar or settle in for a meal at a restaurant. The harbor district is at its most impressive after nightfall, when the city lights are aglow. Book your accommodations at Rheinau Harbour to wake up to waterfront views.

Rheinau Harbour is located in the southern section of Cologne’s Old Town (Köln-Altstadt-Süd). Reach it easily by subway or bus. The best way to explore the harbor itself is on foot.


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    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 $179
    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 $85
      Steigenberger Hotel Köln

      Steigenberger Hotel Köln

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

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        Novotel Köln City $87
        Novotel Köln City

        Novotel Köln City

        Bayenstr. 51, Cologne, NW
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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          art'otel cologne, by Park Plaza $89
          art'otel cologne, by Park Plaza

          art'otel cologne, by Park Plaza

          Holzmarkt 4, Cologne, NW
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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            Cologne Marriott Hotel $108
            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.

              Novum Hotel Leonet Köln Altstadt $59
              Novum Hotel Leonet Köln Altstadt

              Novum Hotel Leonet Köln Altstadt

              Rubensstrasse 33, Cologne, NW
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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                Maritim Hotel Köln $121
                Maritim Hotel Köln

                Maritim Hotel Köln

                Heumarkt 20, Cologne, NW
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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