Traveling in Germany is still a bit underrepresented here on the blog. Even though after visiting a couple of cities in Germany such as Hamburg (my favourite city in Germany), Munich, Berlin and many other lesser known it is time for the first city post about Cologne!
Most people think about Octoberfest, beer, Berlin and Munich when it is about traveling Germany. This article will introduce Cologne to you and give you ideas what you can do and see there. Since my last visit to Cologne is already let me think…. 4 years ago (yikes), I asked my sister to jump in due to her recent visit to Cologne I’m glad she agreed to help brining you cool tips for Cologne!
With a population of a bit more than 1 million, it is the 4th largest city in Germany. Cologne is the perfect place to be if you consider to do day trips to Frankfurt and Dusseldorf.
It is known as the most LGBT friendly city in Germany (many hotels advertise that they are gay friendly). The biggest celebration is the annual Carnival that starts on the 11.11. at 11:11 am with people wearing costumes and a parade, throwing candy and people in costumes.
Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral)
It’s the most famous monument in the city and also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Interesting fact here: The constructions for the Cologne Cathedral began in 1248 and go completed in 1880. If you have the energy you can climb up on of the towers and enjoy the view from there – it’s a little over 500 steps!
It is a famous place for people to leave their love locks at the Hohenzollern Bridge. If you don’t bring a love lock yourself, it is also possible to buy one at the souvenir shops nearby.
This neighbourhood is famous for amazing boutiques, cafes and restaurants. If you want to go for shopping appart from the usual big chain stores.
Cologne offers chocaholics a whole museum about chocolate!
For a small fee you can climb up the Cologne Triangle (by elevator of course) and enjoy the view from there as an alternative to the view from the Cologne Cathedral.
Eating and Drinking
If you are interested in trying local cuisine, here are a few suggestions:
– Kölsch is the typical beer
– Himmel und Ääd (Heaven and earth) is made of apples (heaven) and smashed potatoes (earth)
– Rheinischer Sauerbraten is a sweet-sour dish that used to be made with horse meat
– Rievekoochen (potato pancakes)
– Halver Hahn – that’s a rye bun with cheese
Advice from my sister:
If you stay central you can reach everything within walking distance. Even though Cologne has a reliable public transport it saves in general more time if you don’t have to travel 20 minutes between your hotel and the center.
Have you already been to Cologne?