Home to a number of stunning churches, a gorgeous old town, cosy coffee shops, and fabulous restaurants, there are plenty of things to do in Cologne for couples visiting this impressive German city.
No matter if you want to relax and unwind, explore the sights, or simply enjoy a break away from it all, you will find a whole range of wonderful ways to spend your time in Cologne.
Enjoy a river cruise
One of the best ways to see the beauty of Cologne is from the water, so a river cruise on the Rhine is the perfect activity for a romantic break in this charming city.
There are a number of different river cruises in Cologne, and you can choose one that suits you. Almost all cruises will include commentary about the city as you pass by some of its most famous buildings, including the cathedral, so you will learn lots as you sail by.
For something a bit different, opt for a Sunday brunch cruise, or one that includes an all-inclusive meal. Alternatively, for that extra bit of romance, head out in the evening and watch the sun setting over the city.
Wander around the Rheinpark
Strolling hand in hand through the Rheinpark is one of the top things to do in Cologne for couples due to it being one of the most beautiful parks in Germany.
Boasting landscaped gardens, stunning flower beds, fountains, and an enviable location on the banks of the River Rhine, the Rheinpark is also home to a cable car from which you will be able to see across the river and beyond.
Once you have explored all that the park has to offer, sit back and relax in one of its coffee shops, many of which offer views of the cathedral, and simply enjoy each other’s company.
Relax in a spa
In the centre of the Rheinpark, you will find Claudius Therme, a luxurious spa with panoramic views across the park towards the cathedral, which offers the perfect place to unwind in Cologne for couples.
Indulge in beauty treatments, swim or sit in one of the many heated pools, chill out in a hot tub, and treat your muscles with massage jets, all while spending quality time together in a truly wonderful setting.
Once you feel completely relaxed, head to the spa’s restaurant and enjoy a romantic meal that is guaranteed to taste great and will be made using local, organic ingredients that come straight from the market.
Leave a love lock
Of all the things to do in Cologne for couples, leaving a love lock on Hohenzollern Bridge has got to be the most romantic.
Simply take a personalised lock on your break with you, or buy one while you are in the city, and attach it to the bridge as a symbol of everlasting love. Complete the tradition by throwing the key into the Rhine, just like tens of thousands of happy couples have done before you.
Even if you don’t want to add your own love lock, taking a trip to the bridge and looking at those that are displayed there is a lovely activity in itself, and you are sure to be amazed at the sheer number and variety of padlocks that can be found there.
You can drive from the port in Rotterdam to Cologne in just under three hours, with the option to stop at a number of wonderful Belgian and German towns and cities on the way. So, why not book your Hull to Rotterdam crossing and start planning your perfect romantic road trip today.