Ariane Hotel

Hohe Pforte 19-21, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, 50676, Germany
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Forum Posts

Is the city center walkable from the train station?

by titabell

We'll be off to Cologne in a few days time and I wonder if the city center is walkable from the train station.
Is it practical to buy the "Welcome Card" that costs €9 or just a 24-hour transport card?

Also, has anyone already stayed at the Classic Harmonie Hotel at the center of Cologne? Any reviews?

Tips for this trip will be appreciated.

Thanks.

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Re: Is the city center walkable from the train station?

by cachaseiro

the train station is very centrally located right next to the gothic cathedral.

Re: Is the city center walkable from the train station?

by Kathrin_E

Claus has already said it - the train station is in the heart of town, next to the cathedral, Römisch-Germanisches Museum and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, and the pedestrian mall. The hotel is, according to Google Maps, 2 blocks from the station, can't be more than 200 m. No need for public transport.

Re: Is the city center walkable from the train station?

by titabell

Thank you so much for your answers. I guess we're ready to go.

Re: Is the city center walkable from the train station?

by RhineRoll

don't let yourselves get confused by some of those construction sites in the vicinity of the Hbf.. they are building a new subway line...

Travel Tips for Cologne

you've gotta go and climb to...

by mr.fud

you've gotta go and climb to the top of the cathedral tower, the'koelner dom' as they call it. Afterwards you should take the opportunity and quench your thirstwith some of colognes finest beer, frueh koelsch. the brewery is basically next door to the dom, honestly one of the places you will not leave sober... The Altstadt, old city and it's immense offer of alfresco-drinking... There are too many pubs, and too little time,to litterally *** the nite away. The old city offers excellent opportunities to soak up the nightlife, meet people and have a ball.

the other side of the old town

by streuner73

If you are in town, you will probaly walk through the old part (Altstadt) with its small houses along the river (Rhein). Don´t miss to cross one of the Bridges, and enjoy the view form the other side.
I suggest around sundown or ant night, wenn all the beautyful builings are lighted!
Cross the bridge at the "Lufthansa" buling (you won´t miss the sign on top). Then walk left towards the "Hohenzollernbrücke" (The Bridge, which is for the trains). You might want to walk unter it towards the "Tanzbrunnen" or "Messe". Let the old tower lead your way.
Enjoy the beautyful vieu.
On you way back, you schould not miss to cross the Bridge with the trains.

Public Transportation in Koln

by BarryG01

As in many German cities public transportation in Koln is a delight and highly efficient.

Firstly a word about cost. If you expect to use public transport a fair bit I would suggest buying a welcome card. These are available for 24/48/72 hour durations. and give discounts on various tourist attractions and museums BUT also give you free travel on all forms of public transportation for the period paid for.

for more info see:

http://www.stadt-koeln.de/en/koelntourismus/welcomecard/index.html

I used the 72 hour one which cost me € 19 an absoloute bargain I'm sure you will agree.

The underground/trams are easy to use and at the stations there are generally boards advising what the next dozen or so departures are , which line number and destination.

There are frequent services and it's a breeze to use the system.

Again as is the case in many German cities they use the honour system ie you are not required to show a ticket unless you get an inspector on the train/tram. However if caught the penalties are severe - I think they hang you, shoot you, cut your head off and then shoot you again, then they give you a hefty fine and tell you not to do it again. Come to think of it , it may just be the fine and lecture thing and the rest may just have been for comedic effect.

I would suggest picking up a city map at the tourist office, there is one at the airport too, which has the public transportation map on the back too.

The welcome card can also be bought at the aiport and will cover your journey from the airport to the city - this journey at time of writing costs € 2.00.

Whatever the case we're bound to get lost!

Tversted - a supposedly Danish...

by germanyamy

Tversted - a supposedly Danish restaurant, but it was mostly German food. Fantastic food though!! Not incredibly cheap, but not too expensive either. The food is great and so is the service, and anyone who has been to Germany knows that is at a premium there. I lived in Cologne for a year and went to this place over and over again. The atmosphere is great too. I forget what it was called - something medallions. But all the food here is great!

The Cologne Cathedral

by fairy_dust

The Dom is a huge gothic cathedral which seems to be an icon of Cologne. It is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe, and its twin spires are its most distinctive features. It is home to the relics of the Magi - the 3 Kings.

On both the outside and the inside of the Dom, there are all sorts of statues and carvings, and the stained glass windows are beautiful. The relics of the Magi are in a golden box decorated with fancy carvings.

The relics are what inspired the theme for World Youth Day 2005 in Cologne (which I attended) - We have come to worship Him. Like the 3 Kings who followed the star to worship Baby Jesus, we WYD pilgrims all went to Cologne to worship Him too.

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