Senats Hotel

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Unter Goldschmied 9-17, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, 50667, Germany
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public holiday

by anna&kym

Hi we are travelling in May next year and are planning to spend our second day in Cologne meeting some friends before driving to Amsterdam.
As this will be Thursday,May 13 Ascension day, will traffic, restaurants and things in general be very different from a normal day?
We have been thinking that if that is the case we should plan to spend that day driving to Amsterdam, returning our car and familiarising ourselves with our surroundings. Or will it just seem like a quiet Sunday?
Thanks for your help. A&K

Re: public holiday

by Kathrin_E

Shops will be closed, public transport runs on Sunday schedule. Most restaurants will be open. Since many people take Friday off to have a long weekend and it is the beginning of the warm season, Ascension is peak travel time. Families will be touring, too, there are school holidays in some parts of the country. Expect crowds and expect traffic jams.
Like a quiet Sunday? Ascension is Fathers' Day, which means groups of men on tour and drinking. A traditional Fathers' Day tour involves hiking with barrel of beer on a cart and later visiting a pub out in the countryside but city trips are also popular.

Re: public holiday

by christine.j

Cologne with all the Kölsch pubs will see quite a lot of fathers or would-be fathers celebrating, I guess.
If you're driving into Cologne, check if your car has got the environment sticker, they are required there.

Re: public holiday

by anna&kym

Thank you both. Hmmm no, it doesn't sound like a quiet Sunday that's for sure.
It definitely will be a nice experience though but not for travelling!! we will
stay in cologne and drive to Amsterdam the next day. A&K

Travel Tips for Cologne

Home of a real fan!

by chicabonita

When strolling around I saw this window in an appartment down town.

This must be the home of a real football fan and this must be real love!!! :-)))

1. FC Koeln the one and only football team?!?


by keeweechic

Typically, stores close around noon (12 or 12:30) and reopen about two hours later. Stores often close at 6:00 or 6:30 in the evening. On Saturday, most shops will close between noon and 1 pm. Just about everything is closed on Sunday. The exceptions to these hours are gas stations, restaurants and cafes, some of the very touristy shops.


by yooperprof

The Hohenzollern Bridge is the railway connector that brings trains into Cologne right in the shadow of the Cathedral. (It's a little strange to me that they should have put the central train station right in the shadows of the spires, but there you have it.) Finished in 1859, it was the first permanent Rhine crossing here since ancient Rome controlled the city under the Caesars.

It also serves as a major pedestrian crossing over to the east bank.

Thai-Food mit gas

by AnnaLupilla about Lemongrass

Our visit there was ... besides the food ... incredibly funny and in the same way ... embarrassing ... muhahaha ... Making our order for dinner was like this:
- What can I bring you to drink?
- We'd like to have a bottle of water the two of us, and orange juice each.
- Con gas?
The two of watching like ... what's that?? so we said ...
- No thanx, we already have.
The waiter looked at us like ... huh, what's going on ... and later came back with a huge bottle of still water. Well, we told him we had order water ... so he said he had asked us right before and we said we already had ...
Well, what the two of us had both understood was if we wanted our water with GLASS ... well, maybe not too funny to read, but the situation was. Food was excellent besides ... cannot remember what we had, though, as it was some three years ago or so.

Fascinating Story Of Chocolate

by AnnS

The name Schokoladenmuseum suggests that it's just a museum but it's MUCH more than that. It's actually a complete history and tour through the world of chocolate production from bean to finished product. There's even a hot house where some cocoa plants are being grown.

The first section is an explanation of where and how the beans are grown and harvested. Then you move into the 'factory' part, which is my favourite. All the machinery is behind perspex screens so you can see how it works and watch the chocolate at all stages from grinding the beans at the beginning, to seeing the finished chocolate pieces packaged at the end. There is a 'chocolate fountain' at the far end of the floor where ladies give you a biscuit coated in warm liquid chocolate... delicious!

Upstairs are processes that turn liquid chocolate into hollow eggs, truffles etc. and it's fascinating to see how it's turned in moulds to achieve perfectly hollow shapes. I never before thought about how my chocolate Father Christmas came to be.

Go upstairs again and it brings you to the museum part... a wonderful history of chocolate through the ages, with many fine examples of old packaging, tins, boxes etc. Then on to another section of how chocolate was once used for its medicinal properties and how it became fashionable amongst the upper classes.

When you've completed the museum, go back down to the ground floor and visit the wonderful shop beside the entrance where you can buy every imaginable type of chocolate, all beautifully packaged. The shop is particularly colourful at Christmas time and my particular favourites are the brandy liqueurs.

Also on the ground floor is a cafe where you can relax and watch the river traffic through the glass walls.

Visit the website for full information and some delicious chocolate recipes too.


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