The Chocolate Musuem
The Imhoff-Stollwerck chocolate museum! on the Rhine. Oh yeah baby... Its the Chocolate Museum that Britney Spears visited this year & declared than chocolate was just like a You-Know-What! It's a little building on the Rhine, just down from the main bridge (Hohenzollernbruecke)on Rheinauhafen. 10DM in. Free choccie samples. History of choccie (so what, get to the good bits!), a beeeeeeeeeyoouuuuuuuuuuutiful smell wafting around the building. Of course you got the cafe selling choccies and coffee and you can sit by the window watching the Rhenish waves lapping at the window. Popular with school groups (!) Well worth an hour of your time.
High quality 2nd hand records
Parallel is a spacious shop with a great number of high quality 2nd hand records.
Prices are high, but that is obvious. You get good quality for your money.
Sa: Noon-6PM Records Albums from Euro 15
Of course, coming from the...
Of course, coming from the U.S. you should fly, baby, fly! But we drove in, and the roads were terrific, and the scenery was super... I just kept getting passed by those damn Porsches... next time, I'm renting one!
You can certainly walk through town...
Chinese food near the Cathedral
Big China Restaurant is a Chinese restaurant located just a 2 minute walk from Cologne's cathedral. I ate here one lunchtime during a visit to the city in July 2006.
It offers a few tables outside in the sunshine and a fairly large interior. Being a nice sunny day, I wanted to sit outside, but the outdoor tables weren't being used on this quiet lunchtime (perhaps they are used only when it is busier). I therefore sat inside, but it was a hot day and the interior wasn't very well air conditioned. In fact, there was just one small electric fan cooling the whole dining room.
The menu offers a large selection of soups, rice and noodle dishes, chicken, beef, pork, seafood and vegetarian stir frys.
The menu is in both German and English.
The main dishes are fairly expensive (10-15 Euros), but there is a long list of much better value lunchtime specials at the back of the menu!
Lunchtime specials (at a cost of just 5 - 6 Euros) are available between 11:30 and 17:30 from Mondays to Saturdays and can be found at the back of the menu. However, note that the specials are in GERMAN ONLY.....so make sure you know your rindfleisch (beef) from your schweinefleisch (pork)!! From the lunchtime specials menu, I opted for:
Huhnerfleisch (chicken) mit chow mein - Cost: 5.40 Euros
Tender pieces of chicken with green and red peppers, carrots, onions, large mushrooms, bean sprouts and a very greasy but tasty sauce. Served with a portion of white rice. The meat was excellent quality and the dish was well cooked and served piping hot.
Kolsch beer (500ml) - Cost: 3.80 Euros
My first taste of Cologne's speciality beer!
Good quality food, quick and friendly service.......but make sure you pick from the lunchtime specials!! Highly recommended!!
Der Alt Stadt (old town)
I really recommend taking a walk around the Alt Stadt of Cologne. It's very central to the Cathedral, and not far from the River Rhine too, so a pleasant and easy walk.
As always, I really enjoyed all the brightly painted German buildings.