Radisson Blu Hotel, Cologne

Unravel the secrets of Cologne’s Old Town

Cologne’s Old Town, or Aldstadt, is at the very heart of the city. Taking a stroll through this historic district is the perfect way to while away a day of your vacation in Germany. Some of Cologne’s most popular attractions can be found within this picturesque area, including the city’s famous cathedral. Known for its lively hustle and bustle, the streets of the Old Town are often crowded with visitors hopping to and from bars, pubs and restaurants.

The Old Town is situated on the banks of the Rhine, just 15 minutes’ drive from the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cologne.

Central attractions

Over 70 percent of the Old Town was destroyed during World War II, but there are still many things to see and do in the city’s fascinating historic quarters. The quaint yet impressive houses are quintessentially German, and beg to be explored. Must-see attractions include the Gothic-style cathedral, the 16th-century Town Hall and the Romanesque Groß St. Martin Church.

Stroll through the picturesque streets and alleyways to see brightly colored buildings, or relax with a coffee in one of the cafés lining the area’s famous squares. Alternatively, take a tour of one of the breweries and sample a glass or two of Kölsch. Kölsch is a local brew, and one of the few traditional German ales. It’s worth the taste and can be found in abundance in the Altstadt.

Take a river tour

For a romantic experience like no other, spend an evening on a river tour, gazing out upon the Old Town and churches as you relax to live music. Incredible photo opportunities present themselves when floating along the river, and the atmosphere is second to none.