If you plan to stay a day or longer in Cologne I hardly recommend to buy a K?ln - WelcomeCard, which is available for 24, 48 or 72 hours.
24h: Single 9 EUR / Group 18 EUR
48h: Single 14 EUR / Group 28 EUR
72h: Single 19 EUR / Group 38 EUR
Available at the Airport, K?ln Tourismus and many hotels. Included are all public transportation, Airport-Transfer with Bus 170, Discount in Museums and Sights, Free K?lsch at some restaurants and much more.
Check it out. It's worth!
1. FC Köln
The best football team in Cologne is the FC, playing in the 2nd Bundesliga this year (2004/2005). They have a wonderful new stadium - you have to acknowledge that even if you don't come to see the FC but the team the FC is playing. You're really close to the action, great atmosphere - but unfortunately the FC wins ... Crucial equipment for the FC is Hennes, a goat! I heard that he (or better: his predecessors) has been poisened a couple of times by supporters of other teams - to bring the FC some bad luck.
Apparently he enjoyed his walk during the break ... and he brought his team the luck they needed :-(
The ICE train
The ICE train is the German version of the highspeed train. Its a very comfortable way to travel. You even can watch television in the train. The train network is still under construction so its not available everywhere, but from Cologne lots of destinations are allready possible by ICE train.
APPLE CAKE RECIPE
- 3 large Eggs
- 1 cup Salad Oil
- 2 cups Sugar
- 2 cups Flour
- 2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 1 tsp. Baking Soda
- ½ tsp. Salt
- 4 cups Apples (diced)
- ½ - 1 cup Nuts
- 3 T Melted Butter
- 1 tsp. Vanilla
- 1 ½ cups Powdered Sugar
- 6 oz. Cream Cheese
Beat eggs and oil until foamy. Add sugar, flour, cinnamon, vanilla, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Add diced apples and nuts. Spoon into greased and floured 9" x 13" pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes. Cool. Make icing-mix cream cheese, butter and vanilla. Add enough powdered sugar to achieve the right consistency for spread. (Yield12-15)
First thing first
First, one should visit Koeln Tourismus GmbH, the Cologne Tourist Office, which is situated right opposite to the main entrance of the cathedral. There you'll find most helpful stuff you can imagine. They'll inform you about anything you need to know when visiting Cologne, such as, accomodation, museums, exibitions, concerts, events, shopping, etc.
I never book hotel room in advance, it is my style eversince I started my travellings. Most of the times I travel by car, which gives me the opportunity to stop over night in any place I want. I am kinda visual type and like to see the aspect of the hotel fist. Before coming to Cologne, this time by plain, I knew there'll be the big fair starting on Sunday 05.03.06. There are more then 75 hotels in Cologne only and equaly so in the close surroundings of the town, but all of them were sold out except for those where room costs a fortune.
The guys from the picture have help me to find a room in the hotel situated right Am Bollwerk, which is one the most attractive part of the old medieval town.