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Is Cologne Tap Water Safe To Drink?

Yes! Generally Safe to Drink*

LAST UPDATED: 12:53 pm, April 8, 2021

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Can You Drink Tap Water in Cologne?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

Tap Safe includes data from many publicly available sources, including the WHO (World Health Organization), CDC (Center for Disease Control), and user submitted databases, but unfortunately there's not enough data about Cologne.

To see user submitted ratings of the water quality for Germany, see the "User Submitted Ratings" box on this page.


Did you know that Tap Water Cologne in Germany is actually a brand of bottled water? You may not be aware of it but tap water in Germany has been deemed as "worse" than tap water here in the United States. This is because here we have laws that force companies that provide tap water to test for E-coli, bacteria and such other harmful substances that can be in tap water. When you think about it, does it really make sense to spend so much money on the products that you use every day, only to know that some of these are potentially harmful to you?

One would think that since we have laws regarding the water that we drink that there would be less risk involved with using a water filtration system. The truth is that not all laws apply to everyone, so in addition to this, there are a lot of very unscrupulous companies who will use any means necessary to sell you a water filtration system that is not only ineffective but also dangerous to your health. If you think about i

The estimated price of bottled water

$0.47 in USD (1.5-liter)


Cologne tap water
  • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 21% Low
  • Water Pollution 26% Low
  • Drinking Water Quality and Accessibility 79% High
  • Water Quality 74% High

The above data is comprised of subjective, user submitted opinions about the water quality and pollution in Cologne, measured on a scale from 0% (lowest) to 100% (highest).

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Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

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