Cologne - the cityscape of the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia is characterised by rough industrial buildings, historical splendour and rustic old buildings. In the unofficial Cologne districts such as Rheinauhafen or the Belgian Quarter, you will encounter a young, urban artist scene featuring witty design and innovative shops. The design hotels in Cologne can be found in the Old Town, which is full of sightseeing highlights, as well as in the areas to the left and right of the Rhine. In the alternative honorary quarter, students and artists alike chill out by graffiti-sprayed facades & designer lofts. In multicultural Mühlheim you will find the famous Schanzenstraße with well-known media companies. The architectural uniqueness of the modernized crane buildings is the unmistakable feature of the area, alongside Cologne Cathedral and Lanxess Arena.
Where to stay in design hotels in Cologne? The most important districts & quarters at a glance
Belgian Quarter: Young Design & Innovative Shops
Individualists & creative minds are drawn to the urban Belgian Quarter, where you will find unusual shops and boutiques of young designers, as well as many galleries and studios with unconventional ideas and intellectual art. The young clientele drinks soy lattes in design cafés and attends witty events in the numerous theatres and fashion stores. Here you will find design hotels that focus on innovation and individuality.
Old town: sightseeing, culture & Rhine promenade
Shopping & Sightseeing non-stop can be done in the centre of Cologne. Around Schildergasse & Hohe Gasse there are the best shopping opportunities, culture lovers visit the Cologne Cathedral or the medieval town hall. Theatres and classical concerts can be found around the Kölner Philharmonie. On the Rhine promenade you can go jogging or cycling and stay in chic design hotels. Deutz is home to the architecturally significant Lanxess Arena, as well as the Messeturm and the glass Köln-Triangle office building with its characteristic triangular form and viewing platform for the ultimate panoramic view of Cologne.
Rheinauhafen: Industrial harbour flair & simplicity
Along the left bank of the Rhine lies the modern residential area Rheinauhafen, whose architectural uniqueness is characterized by the three impressively modern restored crane houses. The whole area radiates industrial harbour flair, where life is luxurious, sophisticated and at the same time young and uncomplicated. Many international companies have settled here between pure design hotels and noble restaurants.
Ehrenfeld: trendy district, artists & nightlife
Ehrenfeld in the northwest of the city is considered the ultimate trendy district for artists, creative people and students. The former working-class district presents itself as hip and alternative. Numerous graffiti characterize the cityscape. In clubs, trendy pubs and bars people celebrate until late at night. In this bustling hub, industrial buildings have transformed to chic designer lofts. An architectural highlight is the central mosque with a transparent dome and a futuristic-looking interplay of glass, wood and concrete.
Mülheim: multicultural, industry & old building
Cologne - Good to know
Kölner Veedel: Although Cologne has 86 official districts, including the Old Town and the New Town, none of the people of Cologne will call themselves residents of them. Here you live in a Veedel like Martinsviertel or Belgisches Viertel, which officially do not exist, but belong to the Old Town.
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