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Cosmopolitan Cologne

Morgan & Owens Hotel im Wasserturm in Cologne.

Photo: Morgan & Owens

Long overshadowed by its southern neighbor, Bonn, the ancient Roman city of Cologne has recently emerged as the Rhineland's cosmopolitan star. Cologne is a mecca for artists (Gerhard Richter calls the city home), and the biggest event of the year is the fair Art Cologne. With an art scene to rival Berlin's, Cologne has galleries à go-go, the lion's share of which are in the Friesen district. Cologne's compact, pedestrian-friendly layout (thanks to its Roman founders) makes shopping a breeze.

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Destinations: Cologne

Inspired by: Emerging Cologne — by Clark Mitchell, Published Sep. 2006

Hotels (3)

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    Hotel Santo

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    Hopper St. Antonius

    The 54-room hotel in the Old Town is decorated with striking black-and-white photography and offers rooms overlooking Cologne's Gothic cathedral.

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    Hotel im Wasserturm

    It’s a German fairy tale with a modern twist: a centrally located 19th-century brick water tower now houses an enchanting designer hotel. With an e

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Restaurants (5)

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Activities (8)

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    Art Cologne

    The biggest event of the year is the November art fair.

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    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

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    Jablonka Galerie

    The second-floor space showcases international art.

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    Mojavari Gallery

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

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    Walter Koenig Bookstore

    A one-stop shop for photography junkies.

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    Atelier Ludvik

    This shop brims with funky, feminine togs by designer Fenja Ludwig.

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    Perla Zayek's

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

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    Apropos Coeln

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

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