One of the earliest dining-in-the-dark venues in Germany, Unsicht-Bar (the German for invisible) has been a legendary part of the Cologne scene for more than 12 years. It is open from Thursday to Sunday at varying times; reserve online to experience this unforgettable establishment’s four-course menu in utter darkness.
Unsicht-Bar, Luxemburgerstrasse 319A, 50939 Cologne, +49 (0)221 374312
The five-star 306-room Regency Hyatt attracts a host of celebrity guests thanks to its outstanding amenities and scenic central location overlooking the Rhine, and is ideal for leisure and business trips alike. On a sunny day, treat yourself to a drink in the riverside beer garden; otherwise you can enjoy the stunning views from the Glashaus Bar over a cocktail or the more traditional ambiance of the Schälsick Bar and Terrace. For dining, Glashaus Restaurant offers superb international cuisine, while the spa and fitness facility adds to the all-round enjoyment of a stay here.
Hyatt Regency, Kennedy-Ufer 2A, 50679 Cologne +49 (0)221 828 1234
Every July, Cologne celebrates the musical firework festival known as Kölner Lichterfest, one of the largest in Germany. This year’s event takes place on 13 July, and will be centred on the Rhine as usual, with displays and other activities along Rheinpromenade, an illuminated flotilla of boats and the firework finale launched from a pontoon in the river. For the best views, book a trip on a comfortable cruiser and enjoy the magical display against the backdrop of the Old Town.