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Visit Cologne and don’t miss the Christmas market!

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Min Age : 12+
Max People : 20
  • Country: Germany
  • Nearest Airport: Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN)
  • Minimum Age: All
  • Type of holiday: City Tours, Family and kids friendly, Foodie, Culture and Heritage
  • Type of disability : Mobility
  • Best season: All year round
What to do in Cologne

Cologne is the largest city in the German federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth-largest city in Germany . It is also a major cultural centre with more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture. Cologne is also a city highly accessible for people using a wheelchair or a walker.

A large part of the city is equipped with ramps and all major attractions are accessible, making a visit to this city a real pleasure. A wide number of reserved parking spaces and of accessible public toilets complete the offer and make Cologne a great destination for a long weekend of culture, history, great food and drinks. 

cologne christmas market with cathedral view

Your visit must include the majestic Cathedral and at least three of the city museums: the Ludwig Museum has a great collection of, amongst others, Pop Art and Picasso  (and a very nice restaurant and café with terrace, all accessible) while the Wallraf-Richartz Museum has the most extensive collection of Impressionist and Neo-impressionist art in Germany. And the third? Well, you must visit all floors (all accessible!) of the Chocolate Museum. We won’t even discuss why. Chocolate fountain aside.

If you walk from the Cathedral to the Hohenzollern Bridge (and the thousands of locks people have left to witness their love) and cross the river, you can take the lift to the top of the Köln Triangle and see the city in it’s entirety. Or you can take a boat and view the city from the water. The choice is yours! But don’t forget to try the schnitzel, the pork knuckle, a Kölsch  bier or a vegetarian meal in one of the many veggie restaurants in town.

When is the best time to visit? Cologne is a great destination all year round: in winter you cannot miss the Christmas markets, while in summer it is perfect for lounging around in a terrace, having a drink or a meal outside and enjoying the riverside (and the beach bars!).

The Kôln Tourism Board has prepared a special map with two accessible itineraries, it is in German but even if you do not know the language it is very useful for locating toilets and parking spaces. However, feel free to roam out of the itineraries, as the city is truly very easy to roll around in!

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The city of Cologne is highly accessible for people with mobility impairments: people moving around in wheelchairs and walkers are a common sight in town as the city has been very well adapted for “moving on wheels”.
There are plently of reserved parking spaces and plenty of accessible public toilets (to know where the toilets are located in real time near you, you can look in a special website created with the Cologne Tourism Board, the link is on the top right side of this page).
Also, the Tourism Board has supported the creation of a service that rents out mobility scooters for short term periods at a very reasonable price. It is conveniently located in the Central Station.

There are two airports near Cologne: the Cologne Bonn (CGN) is nearer, but in alternative the Düsseldorf airport (DUS) is also not too far away, so it may be considered a good option too (65km from Cologne and well connected).
The quality of information regarding accessibility for the Cologne Bonn airport is very good and detailed, the info for the Düsseldorf is more basic but still very useful.

Cologne Bonn Airport – Information on accessibility and special assistance 

Düsseldorf Airport- Information on accessibility and special assistance 

Accommodation

Accessible Hostel Köln

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Located near the Schildergasse, the main commercial shopping street, this hostel has adapted rooms and bathrooms (wet room, grab bars). This hostel is in a quiet area, but in half an hour walk you can reach the very centre and the Dom.
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XII Apostel Albergo Hotel

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This 3 star hotel is located in the very centre of the old town, near one of the busiest spots at night, Heumarkt. For this reason it is very practical but also can be rather noisy. There are rooms with accessible bathrooms (roll in showers and bars) and it is well reviewed for the breakfast.
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Mercure Hotel Koeln Belfortstrasse

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Just outside the centre, the hotel has 2 rooms with adapted bathrooms and is wheelchair accessible. It features an indoor pool and spa and gym.
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Hilton Cologne

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Conveniently located 5 minutes from the Central Station of Cologne, the hotel features a number of rooms with adapted bathroom (roll in shower, grab bars, step free access) and guarantees access to people in wheelchairs all around the common areas.
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Rental, repair and medical

Mein Hilfsmittel rental in Cologne

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With Mein Hilfsmittle you can rent anything you need, wheelchair, mobility scooter, electric medical bed, special mattresses, hoists, oxygen generators and have them delivered to your hotel/location.
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