Tips for Finding an Apartment in Cologne
Cologne wears many hats: acclaimed university city, industrial powerhouse, a major centre for trade fairs and leader in biotech development. And as a source of more than a third of Germany's TV shows, it's a cultural mover and shaker too. No wonder furnished apartments in Cologne are particularly popular amongst 18- to 30-year-olds, who flock to the city by the thousands every year, drawn by its educational, research and business opportunities.
Living in Cologne-Mülheim
Centred around the hustle and bustle of the diverse Wiener Platz, Mülheim is an easy-going, multicultural area on the east bank of the Rhine. It's a great place to shop, hang out or grab a bite to eat at the local Turkish restaurants and cafes.
The Neighbourhood in Cologne-Mülheim
Mülheim reflects the diversity and coolness of modern Cologne. Keupstrasse is the hub of the city's Turkish business community, while the TV studios on Schanzenstrasse are responsible for a stream of hit shows. With its eclectic flavour and lively nightlife, this is popular with younger foreign visitors and singles.
Rent Prices in Cologne-Mülheim
Rent for a furnished one room apartment in Mülheim runs around €800 - €1.200 per month, which is below Cologne’s average. If you're looking for short-term rentals in Cologne that offer access to the city's sights without a large price tag, then this area is for you.
Living in Cologne-Nippes
Loved by students and trend-setters, Nippes is one of the hippest areas in Cologne. This part of town encourages you to think green. There's a large car free zone, plus several bucolic green spaces. Yet there is no shortage of shopping opportunities either.
The Neighbourhood in Cologne-Nippes
The Nippeser Tälchen park is a highlight for those who love the outdoors. There is even a playground with fountains for children to play in. Another favourite is the Cologne Zoo, which hosts a collection of primates, big cats and penguins. If you are more in the mood for shopping, the boutiques on Neusser Strasse draw crowds daily and the market at Wilhelmplatz is loved by foodies.
Rent Prices in Cologne-Nippes
A furnished one-room flat goes for € 950 - € 1.400 per month, making Nippes one of the most expensive districts to live in the city. That said, it's an appealing choice for graduate research students and young professionals looking for proximity to the city centre and a lively neighbourhood.
Living in Cologne-Porz
Originally an independent town until it was incorporated into the city in 1971, this large district on the south side of Cologne is still very contained. With everything you need right on your doorstep, its convenience and affordability make it a popular choice by families.
The Neighbourhood in Cologne-Porz
There's no denying Porz's family-friendly infrastructure. Based around the airport, it has its own hospital and pedestrian town centre (known as “Porzity” to the locals). Couples can go for walks along the Rhine or through community gardens, and there are playgrounds and nature reserves to appeal to the kids.
Rent Prices in Cologne-Porz
With its mix of old and new residential streets, Porz offers some of the least expensive short-term rentals in Cologne. Rents of € 750 - € 1.150 per month for furnished one room apartment are well below the city average, making it a bargain for those who don't mind the commute to the city centre.
Living in Cologne-Lindenthal
Home to the lauded University of Cologne, Lindenthal is one of the city's most coveted residential locations. Its elegant houses, leafy avenues and lanes stocked with small boutiques all show the city at its very best.
The Neighbourhood in Cologne-Lindenthal
One of the prime local attractions is the green area Stadtwald (city forest). With its zoo and pond, it's a magical place for all ages. Meanwhile, football-lovers should head to the Rhine Energy Stadium, where Cologne FC plays in front of packed crowds.
Rent Prices in Cologne-Lindenthal
With an appeal than transcends age, Lindenthal is one of the most consistently sought after locations for furnished one-room apartments in Cologne, with prices starting at around € 880 - €1.330 per month.
Living in Cologne-Innenstadt
The Innenstadt is the historic heart of Cologne with iconic landmarks such as the cathedral and Hohenzollern bridge, not to mention much-visited shopping thoroughfares such as Schildergasse.
The Neighbourhood in Cologne-Innenstadt
The Cologne Philharmonic is based in Innenstadt, and there's also an opera house, theatre and museums. The city's famous carnival kicks off every year at the Old Market on the 11th of November (the eleventh month) at 11:11 pm.
Rent Prices in Cologne-Innenstadt
Given that there's so much to see and do, the Innenstadt is a natural first choice for visitors eager to steep themselves in the city's culture. For this central location, expect to pay € 1.000 to 1.450 per month for a furnished one room apartment.
Living in Cologne
Below are our tips to navigating your first weeks in the city of Cologne.
Transportation in Cologne
As Germany's fourth largest city, Cologne has no shortage of amenities, from spectacular sights to glitzy retail destinations and efficient transport.
Cologne benefits from an integrated system of buses, trams and overground trains operated by KVB. A single day ticket letting you travel anywhere in the city costs 8.60€ and can be bought at ticket machines or on board KVB vehicles.
With only limited parking in the city centre, taxis are a sensible option for getting around on four wheels. You can hail them on street, queue at taxi ranks or order them by phone (0221-2882 or 0221-194-10). Expect a starting fare of around €4, and rates of around €2 per kilometre thereafter.
Car sharing is a less expensive alternative to taxis. Car2Go and DriveNow allow you to choose a car almost anywhere in the city and pay for your ride by the minute.
The city operates an eco-friendly bike-sharing scheme called KVB-Rad. Sign up for the free app, and it will send you a code to open the bike's lock. Simply park the bike when you are finished.
Sightseeing in Cologne
As an important provincial capital and trading post since Roman times, Cologne has a long and fascinating history that is reflected in its various highlights.
The Cologne Cathedral
With its twin spires rising to a lofty 157 metres, this soaring behemoth of Gothic architecture was built mainly between 1248 and 1473, but finished off in the nineteenth century. Among its treasures are the sacred relics of the three wise men who visited the infant Jesus.
Cologne Old Town
Painstakingly reconstructed after WWII, the Old Town is a maze of little cobble-stoned lanes of shops, beer cellars and narrow townhouses with steep gables. It is a wonderful place for a stroll or to stop for a Kölsch, the local variety of beer.
The Imhoff Chocolate Museum
Why do half a million visitors a year visit this museum tracing the historic origins of chocolate? Maybe it has something to do with the 3 metre high chocolate fountain and the shop stocked with tasty delights.
In 2002, work began to turn what was once the old commercial port on the banks on the Rhine into a sparkling assemblage of new offices, bars, cafes and restaurants. The award-winning Three Crane Houses quickly became an iconic part of the cityscape.
The Rhine Boulevard
Part archaeological dig, part flood protection, Rhine Boulevard is another of the city's waterside redevelopment projects. An esplanade and steps with views across the river to the Old Town and the cathedral, it's become a popular place to take photos and admire the scenery since its opening in 2015.
The LVR Tower
It might not be the tallest building in Cologne, but at 103 metres the LVR Tower (also known as the Cologne Triangle) is still impressive, and its observation deck offers unmatched views of the cathedral.
Helpful Services in Cologne
A strong service sector and a wealth of small- to medium-sized businesses provide lots of ways to make it easier to settle in to your short-term rental in Cologne.
The DriveNow car sharing app gives you access to BMWs and Minis to drive around the city at rates starting at 33 cents a minute including fuel and parking costs. Alternatively, Car2Go offers Smart cars at a rate of 26 cents per minute.
Mr. Cleaner is a fast, professional cleaning service and will make sure the windows, carpets and upholstery in your furnished apartment are spotless.
Whether you’re in the office or at home, you can order takeaway from some of the best restaurants in Cologne online or via app from Deliveroo or Foodora.
Work off the stress of the daily grind at Fitness First, a state of the art gym with multiple locations in Cologne. Holmes Place is another option for those who prefer a luxury vibe during their workout and sauna access.