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Cologne's
coolest hot spot.

The place to be in Cologne.

A hotel as unique as its guests – the Wasserturm Hotel Cologne is an authentic place full of original experiences that go beyond an ordinary hotel stay. Inspired by geometric patterns and its history as Europe’s once highest water tower, the building promises original discoveries at every turn. From the 11 m high lobby up to the lofty heights of Bar Botanik’s rooftop terrace, expect a unique journey from bottom to top.

Signature spaces & features just for you.

A celebration of our origins.
An ever-evolving collection of unique experiences.
An elevated neighbourly stay.

The Wasserturm Welcome

Our team welcomes you with stories of the Wasserturm heritage and neighbourhood that will delight and inspire. Expect a warm Koln-style welcome from the moment you step through our doors.

Signature Spaces

Our guest rooms, suites, meeting space and social spaces take inspiration from the unique water tower architecture; every turn delivers a fusion of our origins with contemporary urban style.

Urban Discoveries

The lush green surroundings of our private garden, coupled with the breathtaking panoramic rooftop terrace views, makes it easy to lose yourself in the wonders of Koln.

Surprise and Delight

Enjoy our homemade Wasserturm sweets & treats and mementos of our unique and characterful water tower. We never stand still, creating unique experiences for our guests.

Bar Botanik’s Signature Delights

Mind-blowing botanicals delivering extraordinary culinary delights. Experience surprising new cocktails and classics with a local twist, paired with innovative snacks from our menu.

Original discoveries at every turn.

Located on a quiet street amidst the lush green surroundings of a private garden, the Wasserturm might just fool you into thinking that it is far off the cosmopolitan city centre of Cologne.

Don’t be fooled! All highlights, the life and buzz of central Cologne are within walking distance. Walk a few hundred metres towards the Rhine to enjoy sweet temptations at the Chocolate Museum, or only a bit further towards Hohenzollern Bridge and you will literally bump into the imposing Cologne Cathedral. The lively district “Altstadt-Süd”, home to our hotel, offers an endless range of thrilling cultural and nightlife venues. Be sure to make urban discoveries at every corner.

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An elevated neighbourly stay.

Prime comfort. Clear shapes. The unique Wasserturm character. Our 88 individually designed rooms and suites offer everything for an extraordinary stay.

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1864

For a price of 2,000 talers, the London-based engineer John Moore is awarded the contract for the design of a water tower. His initial proposal foresees a capacity of 15,460 cubic metres to supply 170,000 inhabitants with water.

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1868

Start of the construction works. Although the capacity is reduced to 3,650 cubic metres of water, the water tank at a height of 25 metres is still the largest flat-bottomed tank in Germany. It is also the first tank in Germany to receive a double tank (i.e. an inner and an outer, concentric tank).

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1872

The tower is inaugurated as Europe’s highest water tower with a height of 35 metres. The design elements combine Rhenish Romanesque with Classicism. Until 1930, the tower serves as Cologne’s primary source of drinking water.

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1942

During World War II, the water tower suffers severe damage. During a bomb attack, it is reduced to a height of 27 metres. The building remains an unused ruin for years after the war.

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1985

Investors plan to convert the water tower into a luxury hotel. The architect Konrad L. Heinrich starts rebuilding the tower under consideration of all requirements for the preservation of architectural monuments, such as the restoration of the roof arcades and adherence to the strict tectonic form.

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1990

Cologne’s most exceptional hotel building is finished. The water tower is now home to a 5-star Superior luxury hotel with 88 guest rooms, 7 meeting rooms and a gourmet restaurant.

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1999

The Wasserturm welcomes very famous guests: The Rolling Stones spend the night before their show. Over the years, many more international stars check in to the hotel.

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2019

The GCH Hotel Group takes over the management of the hotel now called “Hotel im Wasserturm Köln”.  The hotel becomes a highly popular wedding and event location.

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2021

Re-branded under the Curio Collection by Hilton, Cologne’s newest hot spot, the Wasserturm Hotel Cologne opens its doors. 88 uniquely designed hotel rooms overlooking the city, a luxurious spa, a conservatory and plenty of event spaces await you with original discoveries at every turn.

History

History comes alive within the 150-year-old walls of the water tower. Take the chance to learn more about the past of the building and experience Cologne from a completely new perspective.

Wasserturm Hotel Cologne Tagungsraum

Events

An event space of 500 m², 8 combinable function rooms with direct access to the garden, an unbeatable service and state-of-the-art equipment ensure successful events in a prime location. Big or small, private or business, we make sure that every aspect of your conference, meeting, wedding or anniversary lives up to your expectation. Book our private dining room with panorama windows for ultimate comfort during smaller reunions of up to 20 people.

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The taste of Cologne.

A rooftop bar with an innovative beverage concept inspired by mind-blowing botanicals, curated around a selection of well-known and boutique distilleries, awaits you on top of the water tower. Go on an adventure for all senses. The experience is rounded off by elaborate dishes selected to perfectly complement the drink menu. The absolutely breathtaking 360° view on the city finally puts the icing on the cake.

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