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Cologne is considered to be a cultural hub of Germany’s north-west. Even though it suffered bombing during World War II, the modern and urban side of the city is just as interesting as the old town. With plenty of contemporary art and a well-regarded food scene, there is plenty to keep visitors busy. In order to make your experience even more excited for IMM Cologne 2020, CovetED brings you our ultimate Cologne design guide with the best hotels to stay, the best restaurants to eat and what to do during the design event.
WHERE TO STAY
HYATT REGENCY COLOGNE
Hyatt Regency Cologne has a very good location, it’s on the right bank of the River Rhine at Hohenzollern Bridge. This hotel offers rooms and suites with views of the old city and Cologne Cathedral, gourmet cuisine, and a free spa area with large indoor pool.
EXCELSIOR HOTEL ERNST
Excelsior Hotel Ernst opened in 1863, the hotel has a long history as the city’s most luxurious hotel. This 5-star hotel it’s perfectly situated and offers luxurious accommodation, a Michelin star restaurant and live music at the Piano Bar.
HOPPER HOTEL ST. ANTONIUS
Hopper Hotel St. Antonius is the ideal hotel if you want a restful stay away from the noise or traffic. This hotel occupies a historical building near the centre of Cologne, within easy walking distance of the Old Town, Cologne Cathedral and other main cultural sights.
WHERE TO EAT
GLASHAUS RESTAURANT AND BAR
The Glashaus Restaurant is the ideal place if you want to relax. The glass front affords guests a phenomenal view of the river Rhine and Cologne Cathedral. Inside, expect to be indulged with regional and international specialities.
The Hanse Stube is well-known for its elegance, friendly atmosphere and classic cuisine. This restaurant offers its guests a first-class experience with their exacting standards and creativity in the kitchen, its mahogany boarding and cosy corner tables.
WHAT TO VISIT
COLOGNE’S OLD TOWN
Cologne’s Old down has countless monuments and fountains that adorn the area, along with its Archaeological Zone and the many ancient ruins and artefacts. There you will find yourself traversing countless quaint alleys lined with traditional old houses, many now home to boutique shops, galleries, cafes, and restaurants.
The Cathedral of St. Peter and St.Mary is located in the left bank of the Rhine is the Cologne’s landmark. A true masterpiece of high Gothic architecture and one of the largest cathedrals in Europe. It was started in 1248 and was considered the most ambitious architecture project of the middle ages.
The Augustburg Palace is located 15km south of Cologne, in a small town called Brühl. Besides its unique architectural style, the Augustburg Palace is surrounded by one of the most dazzling and colourful gardens in the city. Sumptuously decorated and furnished, this charming Late Baroque/Rococo palace is famous for its magnificent staircase hall.
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