Solo Female Travel in Cologne

Situated on the Rhine River in western Germany, the city of Cologne beckons with its rich history and vibrant culture. Unmissable is its towering centerpiece: the iconic Cologne Cathedral, a stunning Gothic masterpiece that tells a grand tale of architectural determination and prowess. Old Town, with its ancient buildings and narrow, winding streets, offers a quaint charm filled with inviting traditional breweries and taverns where you can sample the city’s famous local beer, Kölsch. Known for its vibrant art scene, Cologne houses the Museum Ludwig which boasts an impressive collection of modern art, juxtaposing the city's antiquity with commendable contemporary aesthetics. Along with the world-renowned trade fairs and annual spectacles such as the exhilarating Carnival, Cologne truly is a versatile gem on Germany's cultural landscape.

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Is Cologne good for solo travel?

Safety:

Safety:Very safe

Cologne is generally a safe city for solo female travelers. There is a low crime rate and the residents are friendly and open-minded. Public transportation is safe and efficient, even during evenings. There are also plenty of open areas and popular sites to visit where there are always other people around. However, like any big city, there might be pickpocketing and it is advised to stay alert especially in crowded places and during famous events like the Carnaval. Always keep an eye on your belongings.
Transport:

Transport:Easy

Cologne is quite manageable for solo female travelers. The city is compact, and most attractions, restaurants, and shops are within walking distance from each other. Additionally, the city has a comprehensive public transportation system, including trams, buses, and local trains, making it easy to explore further afield. However, signage and announcements are primarily in German, which may be a bit challenging for non-German speakers. Nevertheless, locals are usually willing to help if you ask.
Things to do:

Things to do:Interesting

Cologne is an engaging city with a lot to offer, from historic landmarks such as the renowned Cologne Cathedral and the old town to exciting contemporary attractions like the chocolate museum. The city provides ample opportunities for outdoor activities including strolling by the Rhine River. The art and culture scene is also active, with numerous galleries, museums, and street art displays. Furthermore, Cologne boasts a variety of shopping options and a diverse culinary scene for food lovers. While generally safe, solo female travelers should take standard precautions, particularly during the evening.
Food:

Food:Above average

Cologne offers a unique culinary experience with a sufficient diversity in food. The city is known to have a grand tradition of brewing beer and the local dishes, that usually revolve around meat and fish, are something worth trying. Vegetarian and vegan options, as well as international cuisine, are also plentiful throughout the city. Preparing for the seasonal specialties like honey-roasted almonds during Christmas will add to your delight. While not every dish may cater to individual tastes, overall, the food scene in Cologne boasts of authenticity and flavor diversity.
Budget:

Budget:Moderate

Cologne falls in the mid-range when it comes to budget friendliness. Accommodation, eating out, and transport can be fairly affordable if you plan carefully. Sites like the famous Cologne Cathedral are free to visit. However, costs can increase if you frequent high-end restaurants or choose luxury accommodation. The city also offers a variety of price ranges when it comes to shopping, depending on where you choose to go.

Is Cologne worth visiting?

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 10 experiences

Things to do

4.4/5

Safety

4.8/5

Food

4.3/5

Budget-friendly

3.4/5
Dana

Dana (24)

Mexico

Family travel experience

I went to Cologne during Christmas with my best friend and her dad, I had the best time! I felt completely safe at all times (even when we were walking during the night, I started feeling scared because it was getting dark but everyone was minding their own business) Definitely go inside the Cathedral and climb the stairs, though it is a bit tiring to do so, it's so worth it once you see the view of all of Cologne!! I stayed in the Novum Hotel Mariella Airport and it was pretty nice, the breakfast was delicious, it wasn't so expensive, the only con is that they didn't clean my room during my whole stay, but overall it's a great hotel. It is a few minutes away from the Köln Porz Markt station. I got around the city through public transportation, it is real easy to use and economical (you can buy a 24 - 72 hr pass I believe).

Posted: June 13, 2024Experienced: December, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Muriel

Muriel

Germany

Solo travel experience

I was travelling for work and I was hosted in a teacher’s house which was a very interesting experience since I got to exchange views about art and education. The city although not too big I think it has a great public transportation and a lot of cultural events going on. Not too expensive and very calm!

Posted: February 26, 2024
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Bridget

Bridget

Germany

Solo travel experience

Cologne was one of my favourite cities that I’ve visited so far in Germany. Not only was it extremely safe, but the architecture and food scene was out of this world. I had great kölsch and the best schnitzel I’ve ever had in my life there. Furthermore, as a Catholic, the church in front of the train station is a must see.

Posted: February 7, 2024
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 5/5Safety: 5/5
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Couple travel experience

Quite nice and safe place to visit. The Colonge Cathedral - my absolute love. There was a lot of visitors on weekends, but still such a good experience. Highly recommend to climb the Cathedral tower. Amazing views!

Posted: December 2, 2023Experienced: September, 2023
Things to do: 5/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Cologne is a really beautiful place to visit, very safe for people traveling alone, at least according to my experience, and most Germans know at least a bit of English. Nearby there is also another city, Aachen, which is also worth visiting.

Posted: November 2, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Group travel experience

I stayed at the 25 Hours Hotel The Circle, it was amazing! I definitely recommend visiting the Kölner Dom cathedral - you can go all the way to the top (we didn't go because we were there during the New Year and I misread the opening hours of the tower, oops), be sure to check out the crane houses (Kranhäuser) by the river, really cool buildings. Kölntriangle offers stunning city views, and if you cross the Hohenzollern Bridge, you can check another sightseeing point off your list. It's also worth mentioning that Cologne is not too far from Bonn or Düsseldorf by train, so it's worth going there if you can, to see more.

Posted: October 27, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

Go to the Lindt Chocolate Museum in Cologne, and then hop over to Bonn to visit Beethoven's house! I definitely recommend stopping by the Cologne Cathedral.

Posted: October 19, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 3/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

I had a great time during the visit, but the city was much less charming than I thought it would be (this does not mean that parts of the city are not charming!). There are many ugly, mismatched buildings filling it, which I guess are the result of damage to buildings suffered during World War II. I can't stop wondering how much character was lost and what it would look like today if it hadn't been bombed so heavily. Only when I left and reflected on the visit, I appreciated the city more. I will definitely go back there for Kolsch, which was one of the highlights of the visit!

Posted: August 31, 2022
Things to do: 4/5Food: 4/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Solo travel experience

The cathedral in Cologne is amazing and worth visiting. Stop at any of the open markets / bars and try Kolsch (traditional beer from Cologne). Paulner Tavern is excellent for dinner. Order Schnitzel!!!! Enjoy it, Germany is the best.

Posted: June 21, 2022
Things to do: 5/5Food: 5/5Budget-friendly: 4/5Safety: 5/5
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Is Cologne safe for women?

Safety rating

3.8 /5

Based on 12 experiences

Crime rates rating

1.3 /5

Based on 12 experiences

Cologne is as safe as any other German or western city. If you're as cautious as in other big cities you'll be fine. In Karneval season there are a lot of drunk people, especially in the city centre and the left side of Cologne.

Posted: June 10, 2024
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Fabiana

Fabiana

Cologne is overall a safe city. As in other places you should be aware of your important possessions when in big crowds, overcrowded transports and tourists location. Right outside the central station I believe is where I have felt most uncomfortable, my advise if you really want to see the dome is just not to stay standing in one place alone but to keep walking until you are no longer in front of the station and more in front of the dome, don’t seat on the stairs and watch your stuff at all time. You can also have a lot of encounters with drug addicts all around the city center and I understand that this can be triggering/uncomfortable for many people, if this is the case I would try to avoid this metro stops: Appellhofplatz, Friesenplatz, Ebertplatz, Wiener Platz

Posted: June 1, 2024
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Local tips

Safiya

Safiya

Germany

Cologne is a very safe city for women! The people are very open and very loving. It is known for its diversity and lgbtq+ community. The accent here is crazy sometimes but it sounds also very funny. Moreover the people love their beer and are really proud of their city.

Posted: April 29, 2024
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I recommend the Chocolate Museum and the Dom Cathedral (you must see it). It's worth checking out the treasury, even if it might seem a little expensive on the spot. Be sure to see the Hohenzollern Bridge and the waterfront with colorful houses. Then go to the Alter Markt (old market) and see the town hall and St. Martin's church. If you like art, I highly recommend the Ludwig Museum.

Posted: November 27, 2022
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Cologne

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