Cologne (Germany)

Cologne is a big city in Germany's east parts, along the Rhine. The city is Germany's fourth biggest. The city's climate is mild marine, summers being warm (average temperature +24 C) and winters being mild (+1 C). The city is considered kindly to tourists and locals exceptionally patient with people who want to learn german. The city's most famous attractions is The Cathedral of Cologne, where you can climb 509 steps to the top of tower to look at the scenery. In the city there is also enormous amount of historical objects, museums and two big parks. In the area there are also many events around the year, good shopping opportunities and good saunaculture.

Population: 1,034,175
Beach : No
Mountain : No
Popular destination: No
Official language: German
Skill level of the English language : Good
Emergency numbers: 112 (the police, ambulance, fire brigade)
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Electric plugs: C, F
Voltage: 230 V
Tipping in a restaurant: It is common to tip 5 to 5% if the service is good. For exceptional service, you might leave up to 15%.
Time in destination: Jan 26, 2021, 1:13:50 PM

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Monthly Weather Conditions

Month Average Temperature °F High Temperature °F Low Temperature °F Rainy Days Rating
January 36.3 41.4 30.7 11
February 36.9 43.9 30.4 9
March 42.6 50.9 35.1 12
April 48.0 57.6 38.5 10
May 56.5 66.2 45.9 10
June 61.2 70.3 51.3 11
July 64.9 74.7 55.0 11
August 64.2 74.7 54.1 9
September 57.6 67.3 49.3 10
October 50.2 58.3 43.2 10
November 42.3 48.2 36.5 11
December 38.5 43.2 33.1 12

More information: Cologne forecast and weather conditions monthly

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Price Level

Compared to prices worldwide, Cologne is an average price destination.

On a tight budget, the daily budget is approximately $65.72, which includes hostel accommodation, budget meals and public transportation.

On a moderate budget, the daily budget is approximately $263.43, which includes a moderately priced hotel, meals at moderate priced restaurants and transportation costs.

Estimated prices:

  • Hotel (2 stars): $82.00
  • Hotel (3 stars): $100.29
  • Hotel (4 stars): $120.60
  • Hotel (5 stars): $159.28
  • Taxi ride (3 miles): $16.47
  • Taxi ride (6 miles): $28.31
  • Beer in a restaurant (16 ounces): $4.25
  • Meal, McDonalds: $9.72
  • Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant: $12.15

More information: Cologne price level


Cologne has been classified as quite dangerous with security classification 2/5.

Safety index values (higher is better):

  • General: 56.9 (better than United states average 47.9)
  • Walking alone during daytime hours: 74.1 (better than United states average 69.6)
  • Walking alone at night: 51.1 (better than United states average 41.7)

More information: Cologne safety

Car Rental

Things which affect the renting of the car:

  • Driver’s license: In the European Union / Schengen a driver's license from an EU country is sufficient, although for North Americans it is recommended to carry a separate international driving license, in addition to the American driving license.
  • Direction of traffic: In Europe the traffic is mainly right-handed. The exception is Great Britain, which is left-handed traffic.
  • Insurance: In Western Europe, all rental cars include some kind of insurance, so additional insurance policies are often unnecessary (unless you are going to Russia or Eastern Europe).
  • Driving abroad: You can drive a rental car almost everywhere within all countries of the European Union / Schengen territory without additional fees. Eastern European countries and Russia are the exceptions and you should always ask the car rental company in advance about the rules.

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