Cologne Central Train Station or Köln Hauptbahnhof (Köln Hbf) is the main rail station in Cologne Germany. Its located next to the world famous Cathedral, Kölner Dom right in the city centre. You can find many cheap and stylish hotels close to Cologne or Köln central train station or the hbf as the friendly locals call it. The train station is a huge building with a large shopping mall, the Colonaden.
The station has benefited from recent reconstruction work which will provide an impressive sight on your arrival. For the best deals around, take a look online for the best hotels near Cologne central station and other suitable accommodation. There’s everything from low budget to state-of-the-art design establishments, ideal for a one night stay, mid week break or longer.
The hbf is one of the main transportation hubs in Europe, offering local and international travel including S bahn service. ICE and Thalys high-speed trains link Cologne with Amsterdam city centre, Brussels Midi (hotels) and Paris Gare du Nord (hotels). There are also frequent ICE trains to other German cities, including Frankfurt am Main and the capital city of Berlin.
The other important railway station in Cologne is Köln Messe / Deutz rail station, located across the River Rhine beside the Köln Messe Exhibition Center. The stations are linked by the Hohenzollernbrücke.
One of the nearest hotels around the central station is 3 star Günnewig Kommerz Hotel. This cheaper accommodation has a great, strategic location close to the central railway station.
Time zone — GMT + 1 (GMT + 2 from last Sunday in March to the Sunday in October)
Currency — Euro
Language — German. Many Germans speak English, and English is usually spoken at major hotels and restaurants as well as in principal tourist areas.
Electricity — In most places, the electricity is 220 volts AC, 50 cycles. Therefore, a transformer will be needed for U.S. appliances. Many leading hotels will supply one when asked. Otherwise, bring your own.
Air Connections — The nearest airports from Cologne are Köln Bonn airport, Düsseldorf Airport and Frankfurt International Airport.
Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) hotels can be reached by train in 40 minutes while Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) hotels with its almost limitless flight options is only an hour away by Inter-City Express (ICE) train.