This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Cologne. To help you make friends with Cologne before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Cologne is one of the largest and most-developed cities in Germany. It is not surprising that there are many hostels in Cologne, which are located in different parts of the city (most Cologne hostels are mainly in the city center and near the train station). The train station is huge and can take you literally anywhere in Europe. Your choice of Cologne hostels is also significant when it comes to prices as there is everything from very cheap and basic to quite expensive and sophisticated hostels in Cologne.
The Cologne/Bonn Airport is far from the city, but it has regular buses to the train station. If you are on a Euro trip, you should consider visiting Cologne -- you will not only enjoy a lively environment and good nightlife but you will need days to see all the sights in the city even if you use the great public transportation and if your Cologne hostel is in the middle of the Altstadt. There is a long list of places to visit -- the Cologne Cathedral (the symbol of the city and a huge cathedral that took centuries to complete), the Cologne City Hall (built in the twelfth century and the oldest still in use in Germany), the Great St. Martin Church, the Church of the Assumption, the Basilica of St. Severin, the Holy Trinity Church, the Gürzenich, the Overstolzenhaus, the Ludwig Museum, the Schnütgen Museum, the Museum for Applied Art, the EL-DE Haus, the Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum (chocolate!), and the Sports and Olympic Museum.
Cologne is also a famous education center with some of the best universities in Europe. The city is quite international and it offers countless places for going out -- restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs where you can listen to different music and taste any kind of food. It is a great city that is more than worth visiting.
Written by local enthusiast for Cologne hostelsGeorge Traveller