The city's main tourist office is the Köln Tourismus building at Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1 (Tel.+49 (0) 221.22 13 04 00) just across the road from the Dom/Hauptbahnhof U-bahn station. Here you can get multi-lingual information regarding anything you could possibly want to know about. They also offer accommodation assistance, event booking and organised tours.
The office has the usual freebie leaflets and maps as well as postcards, guidebooks and souvenirs for sale.
The website is pretty comprehensive and has options in English, French and Spanish - Köln Tourismus
Sorry the pic's not a very good one as the office was sheathed in scaffolding during my visit, but it does at least show the location.
Cologne has lots to offer & half of the things are "hidden". Best is to visit Tourist Info office next to the Koln Catedral. Lots of expet knowlage & villingness to help.
Fondest memory: Turist Info Office-Cologne
There is a tourist office in the Koeln-Bonn airport but the main one is opposite the Cologne cathedral. There are various free leaflets but no free maps. If you want a map, you will have to pay 20 cents (July 07) but you can choose what language you want.
Unfortunately, there are currently no "In Your Pocket" guidebooks about Cologne. They only had one for the football world campionships.
Local Tourist office
The City Service Centre with Souvenir and Ticket Shop is located opposite the Cathedral main entrance.
More Cologne links:
City of Cologne Tourist Information
Favorite thing: In Roman times Colonia Agrippinensis, as Cologne was then called, was the most important glass production centre in the Western Roman Empire. Because they employed the newest glassblowing techniques, the Cologne glass workshops were able to mass-produce all kinds of glass products, making it also available to the lower classes. But glass products from the Eastern Roman Empire, with its elaborate forms and colors, remained very popular with the fashionable upper class. However, instead of just copying the Eastern designs, the workshops in Cologne came up with their own distinct styles and shapes. There was one particular technique in which the workshops had reached perfection and developed their own style in, so called diatret glass. Diatret glass from Cologne would usually comprise a colorless glass cup, set in a cage of brightly colored strands of glass; the cup in the picture being an excellent example. You can see this cup, belonging to a large collection of antique glass artifacts, in the Römisch-Germanisches Museum.
As usually, I visited the city tourist office as soon as I arrived to Cologne. They are a good place for free maps and brochures, and you can also buy souvenirs, books or book a hotel.
I bought a small brochure "Cologne - a practical guide" (9,80 Eur) which had many useful info on history and sighseeing points in Cologne.
The tourist office is situated right in front of the Cathedral.
Fondest memory: Here are some useful websites if you're planning your trip to Cologne:
The tourist information has recently moved from a place next to the cathedral to another place next to the cathedral. It's now located between the station and the Alt Köln brewpub.
As usual in Germany these days you have to buy a map here. You could also go upstairs to get a free one along with a free shopping guide on Cologne but that's a big tourist trap as there's some nice souvenirs you can buy there ;)
Favorite thing: Do take into consideration that the majority of the shops in Cologne are closed on Sundays, so on Sunday you could visit the museums for instance, because they are closed on Mondays and the shops are back open then!!
Favorite thing: On the streets of Cologne you are sure to come across these maps...lit up at night too! They are really handy and will show you where on the map you are, and then you can locate where you need to get to, from either the street name or from a tourist attraction!
Get yourself a WelcomeCard for your visit to Koln and benefit from free travel on public transport and discounts at many attractions.
Koln has a complex travel network of trains, trams and buses but with your WelcomeCard you don't need to worry about buying the right ticket.
The museums and galleries can be a bit expensive, so it's great news that the WelcomeCard offers up to a 50% discount at most places!
There are other perks, like free beer and schnapps from certain bars and restaurants!
There are different versions to suit your itinerary, but for one person the 24-hour card is 9 euro, for 48 hours it's 14 euro and for 72 hours it's 19 euro. A 'family' card for 2 adults and 2 children (OR up to 3 adults and no children) costs twice as much.
You can buy the card at tourist info offices in the city centre or at the airport plus at many hotels.
Cologne is not a great city, it is not a must see place, but it is nice place to be in and if you are somewhere around, try to visit this place.
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Cologne Tourist Office
I think the best thing I've done during my short visit to Koln is going to the tourist information desk.
Everyone in the tourist information dek could speak english very well and one of the girls did help me a lot by explaning whats there to see in Koln and gave me map with instructions on how to visit all the importnt locations.
I did not follow the instructions exactly but that gave an idea where I should go next.
The tourist information desk in just in front of DOM (the cathedral) if you come to the front door of the cathedral and look across the road you can see the tourist information office a small place. but was very helpful
Fondest memory: Trying to deside what is the next Church that I have to visit. My god there is so much to choose from...