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6 Reasons Why This German City Has Become A Digital Nomad Hotspot

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When travelers think of jetting off to the beautiful country of Germany, this hip city may not come to mind, but it has become a hotspot for digital nomads.

Germany has so many eye-popping destinations, such as Berlin, Munich, and smaller storybook towns worth exploring.

But what may be most popular may not be what digital nomads are seeking. Travelers going to Germany in the fall don't have to fill their itinerary with Octoberfest and Christmas markets.

Digital nomad woman in cologne, germany

That's cool and all, but what about a fun beer-drinking town that is often overlooked? Cologne is just that and more, along with its artsy neighbor Dusseldorf.

Here are 6 reasons why this German city has become a digital nomad hotspot:

A Springboard To Europe's Best Destinations

Geographically, Cologne couldn't be in a much better spot in Europe. With its central location, it's a prime spot to get to and even easier to go to your next awesome European hotspot.

And who wouldn't want to explore as much of Europe as possible? Whether by train or plane, Cologne is a hop, skip and a jump from both Germany's more well-known cities and the rest of Europe's gems.

colorful row of homes in cologne

Dusseldorf is set just north of Cologne and has its own unique personality as well, which is about 27 miles away, give or take.

The Friendliest City In Germany

Cologne is known for being the ‘Friendliest City in Germany', so digital nomads don't have to worry about not being embraced.

Sometimes, going to a new place for an extended time can be intimidating, but the friendly locals of Cologne are known for their overall joyous attitude and contagious positive spirit.

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smiling woman in cologne germany

Walking the historic streets, you will often be greeted with smiles and find that many people are up for a chat instead of putting their AirPods in, closing you off.

Networking is so much easier when you feel like you're not bugging someone.

Fast Wi-Fi and Plentiful Co-Working Spaces

Getting work done on the road can be one of the biggest challenges for digital nomads. You want to get out and see the sites, not sit through boring video calls.

Focusing aside, digital nomads don't have to worry about being equipped to get their tasks accomplished on time.

digital nomad with laptop and coffee

Cologne has speedy Wi-Fi across the city and offers a plethora of co-working spaces should you need a comfortable workspace.

Coffee is a huge part of the culture here too, so finding a cozy cafe is always at your fingertips. But some of these aren't your average cafes. Many cater to digital nomads with comfy workspaces included.

The Scenic Outdoors

Digital nomads don't just go anywhere. There is some thought behind this decision. Here, it's a no-brainer. Cologne is a lovely backdrop to the nomad lifestyle.

couple with bicycle enjoying sunset in cologne

Set along the scenic Rhine River, there are ample ways to enjoy the water. Kayaking is super popular and can even be enjoyable in the fall season, overlooking gorgeous trees of colorful fall foliage.

Seeing the city by bike is another common way to see the sights and enjoy the outdoors. There are numerous bike paths connecting to all the top attractions.

Modest Prices

Cologne may not be quite as affordable as some other top digital nomad cities in Europe, but it is not unreasonable either.

2 glasses of beer in cologne

Those who appreciate quality over finding the cheapest digs love what Cologne has to offer. Single-bedroom apartments can easily be found under $1000, some even close to the $800 mark, while groceries can average anywhere from $200 – $300 per person with reasonably priced entrees at restaurants as well.

And, of course, you can't pass up a $3 beer in one of the top beer destinations on the planet!

Germany's New Rail Pass

Digital nomads tend to want to go somewhere easy to navigate. Germany has become one of the easiest to explore in Europe with the exciting new travel pass for roughly $50 per month.

train passing through gorgeous scenery in Sauerland

That covers unlimited travel by rail, buses, trams, and metros across the entire country.

The city is very walkable too for those who want to experience all the sites at their own pace.

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Sunday 24th of September 2023

Except in Germany the city is known as Köln , not Cologne.


Sunday 24th of September 2023

Except in Germany Cologne is known as Köln , not Cologne .