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A day of shopping in Cologne by train

Fancy a day's shopping in a city across the border? The charming German city of Cologne is the ideal destination for a day of shopping. In just 2.38 hours you can travel by train from Amsterdam Central Station to Cologne Hauptbahnhof, where you get off in the heart of the city. Enjoy the bustling shopping streets with well-known retailers and large department stores or discover small streets full of boutiques, concept stores and vintage shops. There’s no shortage of choice. We present the best neighbourhoods, shopping streets and shopping centres for shopping in Cologne.
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Innenstadt: big retailers and department stores

The most famous place for shopping in Cologne is Innenstadt. Here, you will find trendy shops from large fashion retailers and department stores. The largest part of this shopping area is only accessible to pedestrians, so you can shop in peace. Shop in Schildergasse, Höhe Strasse or take a look around Neumarkt square. These bustling shopping streets are easy to reach by train and just a 10-minute walk from Cologne Hauptbahnhof station.

Belgian quarter: trendy, urban district

For trendy and small fashion boutiques, the urban district Belgisches Viertel is the place to be. Wander around the lively streets around Brüsseler Platz, named after Dutch and Belgian cities such as Maastrichterstrasse and Brusslerstrasse. Here, you will find trendy fashion boutiques as well as pleasant cafés, trendy bars and inviting restaurants. Are you a lover of interior design? Then indulge yourself during a day of shopping in Belgisches Viertel. Take a look in concept store How We Live for trendy interior items, admire colourful prints at the home furnishing shop Schee or go to Granit for Swedish design.

Ehrenfeld: emerging district with pop-up stores and boutiques

Looking for unique shops with an unconventional offer? In the up-and-coming and lively Ehrenfeld district, you will find quirky boutiques, nostalgic bookstores, inviting pubs and hip pop-up stores. Once a working-class area with metal factories, Ehrenfeld is now mainly occupied by artists and creative entrepreneurs. While shopping, admire the street-art walls of the former factories or drink coffee at one of the many hip coffee bars. An afternoon of shopping is full of surprises and creativity!

Shopping malls in Cologne 

Planning a day of shopping and the weather is not ideal? Then visit one of the many indoor shopping centres that Cologne has to offer. The Neumarkt Galerie, located on Schildergasse, is a large and modern shopping centre with many well-known brands. You can recognise the building from afar by the upside-down ice-cream on the roof. Are you a book lover? The Neumarkt Gallery is also home to Cologne's largest bookstore, Mayersche. A little further on, you will find the smaller, more chic department store Opern Passagen. Here, you can shop at jewellers, flower shops and boutiques with elegant women's fashion. Still not tired of shopping? Then visit the shopping centres WDR Arkaden and Rhein Centrum.

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Opening times shops in Cologne

Most shops in Cologne are open from Monday to Saturday from 10.00 to 18.00 hrs. The larger department stores stay open until 20.00 hrs every day. Would you like to go shopping on a Sunday? About four times a year, the shops in Cologne are also open on a Sunday. The opening hours then are usually from 13.00 to 18.00 hrs. Would you like to visit a specific shop or shopping centre? Then always check the current opening hours beforehand. Is one day of shopping in Cologne insufficient? Then make it a city trip of several days!

Day of shopping in Cologne by train

In 2.38 hours you will travel with ICE International from Amsterdam Central to Cologne. Travel comfortably and swiftly by train to Cologne and arrive well-rested in the heart of the city. That way, you will have more energy left over for a day of shopping!

On a shopping spree through Cologne

Are you well prepared and do you want to be sure not to miss a single shopping street? Then download our shopping tour of Cologne. The route starts and ends at Cologne Hauptbahnhof and is about 6 km long.

Download the shopping route (Dutch)

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Book train tickets to Cologne

Tickets are available from € 20. Children up to 14 years of age travel for free! Below is a handy overview of travel times to Cologne station. The earlier you book, the cheaper the train tickets.

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Amsterdam - Cologne 2.38 hours 0 Content Content
Schiphol - Cologne 2.56 hours 1 Content Content
Rotterdam - Cologne 2.58 hours 1 Content Content
Utrecht - Cologne 2.10 hours 0 Content Content

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Shopping in Cologne

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