Parks & Gardens in Cologne
Even though Cologne is a city with millions of inhabitants, we like it green. Cologne has more green space to offer than many other cities. So here are a few tips where it is most beautiful and greenest in the city.
Flora & Botanical Garden
More than 12,000 plant species can be found on 5.5 hectares of "Flora". The garden was opened in 1864, after being designed by the architect Peter Josef Lenné. Adjacent to it is the English landscape garden and the cascade of water that was perceived in the Renaissance style.
After 50 years, the Botanical Garden was opened in 1914, where you will find exotic plants from all the world's climate zones.
Botanical garden 08.00 o'clock until dawn maximum 21.00 o'clock in the summer
Subtropics house from October to March from 10.00 to 16.00 o'clock, April to September from 10.00 o'clock to 18.00 o'clock
At the Botanical Garden 1a, 50735 Cologne
Between Mühlheim and Cologne lies the approx. 40 ha large Rhine Park. It offers you a lot of green space to relax and was even awarded the title "Germany's most beautiful park" in 2007.
What you can do in the park:
- Take the cable car across the Rhine
- Cologne Youth Park
- Inline skating, jogging
- Cooling down in the accessible wells
- Many playgrounds and the children's railway
- Miniature golf
- The Claudius Therme is also located directly at the park.
Rheinparkweg 1,50679 Cologne
Green Belts & City Wood
In order to make Cologne greener as a city, two green belts were laid out around Cologne in the 1920s.
The inner belt runs from the university through Ehrenfeld to the flora. The outer belt is crossed by the military ring and the city forest joins it. You can stroll through the city forest and the zoo in Lindenthal.
Opening hours of the zoo
- January and February 09.00 to 17.00 o'clock
- March 08.00 to. 18.00 o' clock
- April 08.00 to 19.00 o' clock
- May to August 08.00 to 20.00 o' clock
- September 08.00 to 19.00 o' clock
- October 08.00 to 18.00 o' clock
- November and December 09.00 to 17.00 o'clock
- On Sundays and public holidays, the park opens all year round at 09.00 o'clock.
Kitschburger Str., 50935 Cologne
A place of tranquillity, a place of silence and relaxation and at the same time true works of art can be found here - the Melaten cemetery. Situated in the middle of the city, it offers a place of refuge from the noise of the city and one can discover the many grave-meal-goers. There are already some famous personalities here, such as Willy Millowitsch, Guido Westerwelle and Dirk Bach.
Summer (01.04. to 30.09.): 7.00 to 20.00 o' clock
Autumn (01.10. to 01.11.): 8.00 to 19.00 o' clock
Winter: 8.00 to 17.00 o' clock
The main entrance is opposite Aachener Str. 249,50931 Cologne