Cologne City Information

Money

The official currency in Germany is Euro. You can exchange money at most banks, post offices and airports (banks only exchange foreign notes). When you arrive, we recommend you to have some cash. However, major credit cards are becoming more widely accepted in central Cologne as well. Most German goods and services include a value-added tax (VAT) of 16%.

Prices

Alcohol and Soft Drinks

Price for alcohol differs in pubs, bars, and clubs. It also depends on location of the venue. But generally, beer is cheaper than soft drinks. The range of prices for beer and spirits are as follows:

  • 0,5 l bottle of beer starts at 1,50 Eur
  • cocktails are offered for 4 Eur, however during happy hour cost 3,50 Eur
  • regular cappuccino can be found for 2,15 Eur
  • a 0,33 l bottle of Coke or Pepsi is available for 2 Eur
  • a bottle of water (0,33 l) can be purchased for 1,80 Eur
  • in bars and pubs a pint of beer costs 2 Eur / GBP 1,8 - 4 Eur / GBP 3,5
  • in clubs a pint of beer is from 2,9 Eur / GBP 2,6 to 4,10 Eur / GBP 3,70
  • a shot of vodka (usually 40ml or 50ml) is from 1 Eur for Ukrainian and from 3 Eur for imported vodka

Meal

In Cologne, the cuisine is multicultural. It offers a big variety of different culture's cuisines which are modified to German's tastes. The restaurants and dining services are incredibly inexpensive compared to any other Western European capital or other German cities. Average prices for meal are for example:

  • breakfast or brunch (sometimes including coffee, tea, juice) varies from 4 Eur to 12 Eur
  • a quick pizza or kebab starts from 1,5 Eur
  • cheap lunch menu costs from 7 Eur to 10 Eur and is available from Monday to Friday.
  • three course meal for 2 persons in middle range restaurant is around 35 Eur
  • steaks are more expensive from 22 Eur to 37 Eur

Taxi

Taxis in Cologne are comfortable, known to be safe, and a quite economic choice, compared to other European cities. They are easy to recognise and for reasonable price. Taxi drivers also generally speak English (at least to some extent).

  • the taximeter starts at €3 ...
  • ...the first 7 kilometres you are charged €2 per kilometre
  • ...for every further kilometres you pay €1.30

All Cologne taxis tend to use the taximeter; fixed prices are rare.

Public Transport

There is also an opportunity to travel by bus, train (U-bahn, S-bahn), tram, trolley bus or ferry; if you wish to get to your final destination quickly. Another preferable way how to get around city is to take a bike.

Weather

Cologne is one of the warmest cities in Germany. Cologne has a marine west coast climate that is mild with no dry season, warm summers. During summer average high temperatures are 23.7°C (74.6°F) and average low temperatures are 13.3°C (56°F). In the winter time records indicate temperatures by day reach 5.7°C (42.2°F) on average falling to 0.3°C (32.6°F) overnight.

Time difference

Cologne (and the whole Germany as well) is in Central European time zone, that is a time difference of +1 hour comparing to UK and due to daylight saving it is +2 hours.

Visa

EU nationals do not require a visa to enter the Federal Republic of Germany.

Public Holidays

  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • 6th January - Epiphany
  • 1st May - International Workers' Day
  • 8th August - Peace Festival
  • 15th August - Assumption Day
  • 3rd October - German Unity Day
  • 31st October - Reformation Day
  • 1st November - All Saint's Day
  • Wed before 23rd November - Day of Repentance and Prayer
  • 25th December - Christmas Day
  • 26th December - St Stephen's Day / Boxing Day

Language

German is the official and predominant spoken language in Germany. Recognised native minority languages in Germany are Danish, Sorbian, Romany. The most used immigrant languages are Turkish, Kurdish, Polish, the Balkan languages, and Russian. The majority of the Germans are able to speak English very well, due to the high multiculturalism in Cologne and Germany.

Voltage

The voltage in Germany is 230 V with frequency of 50 Hz. The plug that is used in Germany is the same as in most of European countries. The travellers from The United Kingdom, Ireland, Switzerland or Denmark will have to use the appropriate adaptor.

Telephone

The international telephone code to Germany is 49.

Cologne Travel Guide

Germany is a federation of 16 states. It is one of the most influential nations in European culture, and one of the world's main economic powers. In other words Germany means quality and hard work. What you may not know that well is its "fun side". There are loads of things to do when in Germany - cultural differences vary from region to region and you have a chance to discover the local diversity on your own

Cologne (Köln) offers seemingly endless attractions, led by its famous cathedral whose filigree twin spires dominate the skyline. It’s regularly voted the country’s single most popular tourist attraction.

The city’s museum landscape is especially strong when it comes to art but also has something in store for fans of chocolate, sports and even Roman history. Its people are well known for their liberalism and joie de vivre and it’s easy to have a good time right along with them year-round in the beer halls of the Altstadt (old town) or during the springtime Carnival.

Cologne is like a 3-D textbook on history and architecture. Drifting about town you’ll stumble upon an ancient Roman wall, medieval churches galore, nondescript postwar buildings, avant-garde structures and even a new postmodern quarter right on the Rhine.

Germany’s fourth-largest city was founded by the Romans in 38 BC and given the lofty name Colonia Claudia Ara Aggripinensium. It grew into a major trading centre, a tradition it solidified in the Middle Ages and continues to uphold today.

Welcome to Cologne!

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