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Things to do in Cologne

From classic must-see sights to insider hot spots and local haunts, there are countless things to do in Cologne. How do you decide? Start with our travel guide and get our favorite Cologne attractions and activities—shops, museums, parks, nightclubs, coffee shops, tours, and more.

Our international team of editors and writers handpick the best things to do in Cologne to help travelers discover authentic, local experiences. Whether a hidden boutique with handcrafted products, a popular local festival, a bakery with a cult following, or a picnic-worthy park, Travel + Leisure guides the way, providing information and inspiration. From beaches and bars to cultural attractions and up-and-coming neighborhoods, our list will help you make the most of your romantic getaway, family vacation, or trip with friends. Below find Travel + Leisure’s top picks for what to do in Cologne.

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  • Apropos Coeln

    Fashionistas browse for Jil Sander, Prada, and Dolce & Gabbana pieces while expats pick up English-language magazines. More
  • Art Cologne

    The biggest event of the year is the November art fair. More
  • Atelier Ludvik

    This shop brims with funky, feminine togs by designer Fenja Ludwig. More
  • Belle Histoire

  • Jablonka Galerie

    The second-floor space showcases international art. More
  • Mojavari Gallery

    The gallery, located within the Kreishaus' passageway, displays the work of Iranian sculptor and cartoonist S. A. Mojavari. More
  • Perla Zayek's

    Lebanese-born Perla Zayek's namesake boutique showcases her silk evening dresses. More
  • Schokoladenmuseum

    A futuristic shrine to the cocoa bean; for a sweet treat, dip a waffle into a giant fountain filled with 440 pounds of milk chocolate More
  • Spichern Höfe

    This Belgian Quarter arts venue is the latest of Cologne's cultural spaces, with art galleries, designer showrooms and restaurants. More
  • Walter Koenig Bookstore

    A one-stop shop for photography junkies. More

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