Cologne city center includes the city's historic quarter, which was important even to the ancient Roman Empire.
Today, the Nordstadt and Südstadt districts boast medieval architecture, excellent museums and the best bars and
restaurants in Cologne.
The city center has a pair of important parks, Stadtgarten and
Volksgarten, where friends and family gather on weekends to barbecue, picnic and enjoy the sun. These parks also
have their own beer gardens, which are fun places for visitors to experience local culture. With all of the hotels
in the city center, these parks are easily reached on foot.
Cologne is well known for its museums, and the best selection is in the city center. Wallraf
Richartz Museum is the oldest in Cologne, and it’s a must for anyone with an interest in Gothic and medieval
artwork. Another important institute is Museum Ludwig, with its comprehensive collection of Picasso’s work. Other
museums in the city center that are worth investigating include the Museum of Applied Arts and the Gallery of
Most of the accommodation in the city center lines the west bank of the Rhine River, but there are a few facilities
on the east bank. While tourists congregate to the west where the best Renaissance churches and museums are located,
business travelers are travelers are more likely to seek hotels here on the east bank of the river. This area hosts
Fair Köln, an
important venue for trade shows and exhibitions, along with the Cologne Arena.