Shopping Tour of Cologne, Cologne (Self Guided)

Cologne is a remarkable city, with a traditional profile combining German and French elements. This tour is to help you shop for some truly good items, starting with delicious chocolates and biscuits to a wide selection of exclusive souvenirs for friends and family.
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Shopping Tour of Cologne Map

Guide Name: Shopping Tour of Cologne
Guide Location: Germany » Cologne (See other walking tours in Cologne)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.3 km
Author: derek
Neumarkt Galerie

1) Neumarkt Galerie

Cologne is one of the beautiful cities in Germany where you can find an extensive range of museums galleries and shopping centers. If you are an avid shopper, you must not miss a visit to the Neumarkt Galerie on your trip to this city.

This is the largest shopping center in Cologne and the beautiful building features a stunning ten meter artwork that depicts the dropped cone or the upside down ice cream cone. This artwork is the crown of the building and was created by Van Brugge and Oldenburg, two American artists.

Enter the shopping center and you will immediately notice its friendly and pleasant environment. The granite floor is indirectly lit by the light in the ceiling. A striking effect is produced by the dark colored wooden hand rails and the stainless steel and glass structure. There are a total of three floors housing 65 shops in this complex.

At the center of Nenmarkt Galerie, you can find the forum. Located under a huge glass copula, this forum has a round lighting unit. Shops at the ground and upper level sell a variety of unique and interesting jewelry, fashion clothing and shoes from popular brands. Visitors find respite from shopping as they relax at the bistros, restaurants and cafes. Visit this vibrant and lively market and enjoy shopping to your heart’s content.

Operation Hours: Monday - Saturday: 10 am - 8 pm
4711 House of Fragrances

2) 4711 House of Fragrances (must see)

4711 (pronounced "forty-seven eleven" or "siebenundvierzig elf") is the Eau de Cologne brand of Mäurer & Wirtz and is produced in Stolberg near Aachen, Germany. At the beginning of the 18th century, Italian expatriate Johann Maria Farina (1685-1766) created a new fragrance and named it Eau de Cologne ("water from Cologne"), after his new residence, Cologne. In the course of the 18th century, the fragrance became increasingly popular. Mülhens opened a small factory at Cologne's Klöckergasse (name changed in the 19th century to Glockengasse) and began manufacturing his own version of the fragrance. In later years, his grandson Ferdinand Mülhens chose a new name for the firm and their product. He chose the number 4711, a number that the city of Cologne had assigned to Wilhelm Mülhens' future residence on the eve of the French Revolution.

Why You Should Visit:
The only shop where you should sample & buy 4711 in Germany. Many scents to choose from!

You can create your own perfume or just look for different types of souvenirs for family and friends.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 9:30am–6:30pm; Sat: 9.30am–6pm
Sight description based on wikipedia
Hohe Strasse

3) Hohe Strasse

Cologne is a city packed with exciting shopping areas catering to a variety of shoppers from across the world. One of the big shopping streets in this city is Hohe Strasse. Since the year 1963, this pedestrianized street has been closed to traffic.

Right from the time of the Romans when Cologne was a large village, Hohe Strasse served as a stop for people on their way to Xanten from Rome. This street can therefore be considered to be a historical path.

Hohe Strasse is a shopping experience not to be missed on your trip to Cologne. Here you can find a variety of different establishments including souvenir shops, high street stores, emporiums and boutiques selling home ware, jewelry, shoes, clothes and much more.

This open air shopping mall extends for about a kilometer offering many exciting bargains for avid shoppers. After you enjoy purchasing what you want in Hohe Strasse, you can continue your shopping spree on the Neumarkt and Schildergasse. Here you will find many more home ware, toy shops and fashion stores offering interesting items.

On your trip to Cologne, set aside one full day to browse around shops at Hohe Strasse that offer a unique shopping experience.
Schildergasse shopping street

4) Schildergasse shopping street (must see)

A trip to Cologne is incomplete without a visit to the famous Schildergasse shopping boulevard. The street dates back to Roman times, where it was the city's Decumanus Maximus. During the Middle Ages it was home to artists who painted coats of arms where the street got its name from (Schild meaning Shield). With 13,000 people passing through every hour, it is the busiest shopping street in Europe. The Schildergasse is a designated pedestrian zone and spans about 500 meters from Hohe Straße on the Eastern end to Neumarkt on the Western end. People visiting Cologne definitely include a trip to Schildergasse in their itinerary.

At Schildergasse, you can find reputed chain stores and brands apart from individual retailers. Some of the popular landmarks on Schildergasse include the Renzo Piano-designed Peek and Cloppenburg’s Weltstadthaus and the ancient Protestant Church of St. Antoniter. Another popular shopping mall is Hohe Straße. Some of the popular tourist areas of interest close to Schildergasse include the Schnutgen Museum, Kathe Kollwitz Museum, Church of St. Cacilien Basilica and Rautenstrauch Joest Museum. On your trip to Cologne, walk through this exciting shopping street. You will find so many interesting things here making it hard for you to hold on to your wallet.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the most popular shopping streets in Europe, with seemingly endless possibilities to eat and drink, plus all the famous German, European and US brands.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Chocolate Shop

5) Chocolate Shop

A very popular shopping destination of Cologne is the Chocolate Shop. Part of the Chocolate museum, an impressive building of brick and glass, the shop can be accessed directly in bypass of the Museum, although it is highly recommended that the Museum be checked out first. The variety and forms of chocolate sold here are truly impressive and include Truffles, Biscuits and bars, to mention but a few.

Operation Hours: Tuesday - Friday: 10 am - 6 pm; Saturday - Sunday: 11 am - 7 pm

Walking Tours in Cologne, Germany

Create Your Own Walk in Cologne

Create Your Own Walk in Cologne

Creating your own self-guided walk in Cologne is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
City Orientation Walk

City Orientation Walk

Straddling the river Rhine, Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and a major European metropolis and cultural center. The latter is manifested in the richness of impressive architecture and fine museums found in the city. When in Cologne, make sure to explore the city's most popular places of interest with the help of this orientation walk!

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
The Churches of Cologne

The Churches of Cologne

For centuries, Cologne has been regarded as a very important religious center. The Cologne Cathedral is renowned as a symbol of Christianity and is part of the estimated 30 or so churches located in this German Catholic city.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 km
Architectural Landmarks in Cologne

Architectural Landmarks in Cologne

Cologne boasts Gothic, Neo-Romanesque and modernist architecture, such as the Cologne Cathedral, the 12 Neo-Romanesque Churches and some new glass and steel architectural splendors. The city has also some impressive remains that weren't destroyed during the war. Follow this tour to admire Cologne's best examples of architecture.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.8 km
The Museums of Cologne

The Museums of Cologne

Cologne is an important city in Germany with French influence that makes it a major cultural center in the entire Central Europe. It is the home of more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions vary from ancient Roman archaeology to modern graphics and sculpture.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.6 km
Rodenkirchen Walk in Cologne

Rodenkirchen Walk in Cologne

Rodenkirchen is the southern city district of Cologne. The district is known for its bridge, the impressive St. Maternus church and the two green parks which make Rodenkirchen an important district. Rodenkirchen offers you the opportunity to taste a bit of Cologne's food and culture, by visiting the famous Zum Treppchen and the Youth Kammeroper. Take this tour to find out more about...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 km
Nightlife in Innenstadt-Sud

Nightlife in Innenstadt-Sud

Known as a city for students, Cologne is home to a large number of clubs. The colorful nightlife scene consists of different types of clubs, including nightclubs, lounges, and live concert clubs. Take this tour to experience the rhythm of Cologne's nightlife.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.8 km

Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Cologne for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Cologne has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Cologne, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.