Located in western Germany, and widely regarded as the country’s cultural hub, Cologne is an imposing, beautiful and vibrant European city break destination. Discover historical charm, impressive gothic architecture, a world-class museum and art scene and award-winning restaurants in this friendly and fascinating city.
Private Jet Charter to Cologne
Cologne is a city bustling with life and character. You’ll find culture around every corner and will never be more than a few steps from a pub, brewery or beer hall serving up freshly tapped Kölsch, Cologne’s famous beer that is still brewed in the old traditional way. Here are our top recommendations for filling your days in this thriving city on the Rhine.
Tour the Cathedral:
Cologne Cathedral is a true gothic masterpiece, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and one of Germany's most famous landmarks. From the towering twin spires to the mesmerising stained glass windows and the incredible interior filled with treasures, carvings, and priceless art, a trip to this beautiful city isn’t complete without visiting it. If you like a challenge, we recommend climbing the south tower’s 533 steps, passing the cathedral’s famous bells as you go, to enjoy panoramic views of the city.
Party at Cologne Carnival:
Cologne is the proud host of one of Europe’s biggest, best and oldest carnivals, and the city in full festival swing is a sight to behold. The Cologne Carnival comes to a climax with a six-day party in the days before Ash Wednesday, comprising impressive balls, stage shows, multiple street parades with hundreds of performers and decorative floats. The city is alive, the Kölsch flows freely, and the party takes to the streets with all neighbourhoods participating. It’s an electric time to visit.
Soak up the culture:
Boasting over 30 museums, many of which are world-class, and over 100 galleries, lovers of art and history will be in their element in Cologne. If you’re after meccas of modern or fine art then Museum Ludwig and The Wallraf-Richartz Museum are must-visits. History lovers will particularly appreciate the archaeological Roman-Germanic Museum and learning about Nazi-era Cologne at the NS Documentation Centre. Another noteworthy mention is The Chocolate Museum, which is ideal for anyone who enjoys treating their taste buds.
Explore the Belgian Quarter and Old Town:
Cologne has many vibrant and varied neighbourhoods to explore. We recommend strolling the quaint cobbled streets in the Old Town, or Altstadt, popping into one of the many pubs, marvelling at the historic architecture and exploring the three bustling squares. Off the city’s main shopping streets, Hohe Straße and Schildergasse, you’ll find the chic Belgian Quarter, one of Cologne’s hottest neighbourhoods. Tending to attract a trendy younger crowd, it’s home to an impressive selection of leading restaurants, lively bars, art galleries, independent fashion houses and top nightclubs.
Rhine River Cruise, Hohenzollern Bridge and the Rheinboulevard:
Whether you walk over it, alongside it, or take a private river cruise down it, visitors of Cologne love to take in views of the Rhine. One of the most popular ways to do this is to take a cable car across the river, giving you unique panoramic views of the city, the Old Town and the Rhine from an aerial perspective. Another popular option is walking across the Rhine via the impressive Hohenzollern Bridge, where the railings are densely covered with colourful love locks, before strolling along the Rheinboulevard, a stunning riverside location providing the perfect place to relax and take in the view.
Top Luxury Hotel in Cologne
When it comes to where to stay, the standout hotel choice is Excelsior Hotel Ernst Koln. Known as the city’s most striking and luxurious 5* hotel, it is located right in the heart of the Old Town and opposite the stunning Cologne Cathedral, giving guests breathtaking views from their plush rooms. It is also a big hitter on the culinary scene, offering French haute cuisine in the Hanse Stube, the Michelin-starred Asian-inspired Taku, mouthwatering patisserie in the Wintergarten and up-market cocktails in the live music Piano Bar.
Whether you are travelling for work or leisure, solo or as part of a group, reaching Cologne aboard a private charter jet with Air Partner will ensure the perfect start to your trip. Cologne is served by Cologne Bonn (CGN) Airport, which is only a short distance from the city centre via private chauffeur. If you are interested in planning a trip to Cologne and want to learn more about our private charter jet or group charter flight offering, our expert Jet Team will be happy to help.
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