Cologne is not only a cultural, but also a shopping metropolis. So it is not surprising that Schildergasse is the most visited shopping street in Germany. By the way, anyone who likes junk markets or flea markets will find it here.
Shopping in Cologne
The best places to shop
Where the Romans used to march, today locals as well as shopping tourists from all over the world stroll the pavement: in Cologne's Schildergasse and Hohe Strasse. Together they are half a kilometer long and form the central axis of the Cologne shopping world. From there, the no less interesting side streets branch out with trendy boutiques, sidewalk cafes or shops for everything that makes life more beautiful and pleasant.
The car-free Hohe Strasse connects Cologne Cathedral with Schildergasse and is therefore also the starting mile for tourists to Cologne's shopping paradise. In terms of offer and variety, she doesn't need to hide from her “big sister” on Schildergasse.
Anyone who wants to discover the latest trends while window- shopping is at the right address in Cologne's Ehrenstraße . That is why especially young, fashion-conscious people feel at home here. The Ehrenstraße is therefore considered an alternative shopping mile to the prominent Schildergasse. Cafés and restaurants invite you to take breaks in between.
As the name suggests, the Breite Straße in Cologne was already the widest street within the city walls in Roman times and is one of the oldest routes in the city. Today, this car-free street is one of Cologne's shopping streets with a wide range of goods including the associated gastronomic "rest stops".
The Severinstraße in Cologne's Old Town gained with the collapse of the Historical City Archives in 2009 nationwide attention. It is much better known to Cologne and Cologne visitors as part of the Cologne shopping world with a colorful mix of industries, often with very individual and owner-managed shops.
The Venloerstraße is with a length of 8.5 km one of the longest arterial roads of Cologne, which connects the Old Town with the surrounding area. So it is not surprising that this street developed into a colorful and lively main artery of the cathedral city. The numerous cafés and restaurants in particular ensure that the streets are lively until late in the evening. The main address for culinary diversity.
Like Venloer Strasse, Neusser Strasse is one of the arterial roads in Cologne. It is 5.3 km long and leads from Ebertplatz in the city center in a northerly direction through the Neustadt-Nord and Nippes districts to Longerich. In Neustadt-Nord and Köln-Nippes it is the central shopping street in these districts. It consists of a colorful mix of large chain stores and smaller owner-managed shops, flanked by a rich gastronomic offer.
The Heumarkt in Cologne is the second largest square in the city and is in the Altstadt-Nord. Until the Middle Ages, it formed a unit with the Old Market, which was only split up later. In the optical center of the square is the equestrian monument to King Friedrich Wilhelm III. of Prussia, which was built in 1878. The square is framed by the beautiful facades of new and historical buildings. In between, the square is regularly livened up with various events such as concerts, carnival events and markets.
The Dürener Street is part of the Cologne road star, which connects the Old Town with the surrounding area. It takes you around 1.6 km from the center of Cologne to the Lindenthal district. The street is lined with well-kept linden trees, which is what makes this street particularly tranquil. In Lindenthal, the street becomes a popular shopping and dining area.
On the right bank of the Rhine, in Cologne's Neustadt-Süd, the Belgian Quarter is one of the most popular and expensive residential areas in the city. The name is based on the many street names derived from Belgian cities and provinces. This also includes Brussels Street. It is known for its many cafés and bars.
Shopping on the High Street
Shopping centres in Cologne
The Rhein-Center Cologne , also called Rhein-Center Weiden, is a shopping center in the Weiden district of Cologne. On a total of 40,000 square meters of sales space on three levels, you will find a mix of industries from everything that is needed for everyday life. The range is dominated by textiles and hard goods. An independent catering area has been established in the basement. The center is a popular shopping temple due to the good connection to local public transport and the street network with parking facilities in the basement.
The Cologne-Arcaden shopping center with its modern architecture has established itself in the Kalk district on the right bank of the Rhine . Due to the white water tower left over from industrialization, it can be located from afar. As usual, there are all important shops for everything you need or could need on three floors, including a wide range of food. The associated parking deck with acceptable parking fees is practical.
Directly on Neumarkt, in the heart of Cologne's old town, Cologne residents and tourists will find an unusual mixture of art, culture, gastronomy and a diverse range of shops: the Neumarkt Passage. Flooded with light, under an architecturally artistically designed arcade glass roof including a waterfall, shopping becomes an experience here. Exclusive retail shops, a wide range of restaurants and cultural offers with changing exhibitions make the Neumarkt-Passage a popular destination for tourists.
Not far from Cologne, in the Cologne suburb of Hürth you will find one of the largest shopping centers in Germany, Hürth Park. On a sales area of around 50,000 square meters, the center houses over 150 shops including restaurants. The overall complex also includes a multiplex cinema as well as many service providers such as banks, medical centers and a vehicle registration office. This makes Hürth Park a very popular point of contact in the region.