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Variety of Architecture
Favorite thing: Sabsi and I were walking along the Rhine and Sabsi wanted to show me the building she thought was very nice. So we arrived to the place that is close to the Fish Market and Sabsi said - voila!
It was indeed a very nice building - nothing special, just a narrow house probably build after the WWII on a place of some old destroyed building. The modernist windows were stretching on the whole lenghts of the facade and curtainless windows even enabled the peeks into some of the nicely decorated interiors.
As I was taking the photographs Sabsi asked me - "The shutters look really nice, don't they?".
Shutters? What shutters?
To my horror I realized that the building she wanted to show me was the most kitchy thing in Cologne with colorful Bavarian shutters, smallish windows and the ugliest and kitchiest lights on the facade.
Fondest memory: We of course started laughing, and agreed we won't discuss tastes any more. Variety is a good thing and Cologne certainly offers something for everybody. (We continued our explorations looking for modernist building I had found before and some of them were discovery even for Sabsi - like the Museum for Eastern Art or Die Bastei).
- Museum Visits
Favorite thing: I didn't expect much visiting the christmas markets in Cologne. I assumed that they all sold the same boring stuff...
And then I saw my flaschentaucher .
A little ghost that lived in a bottle and dances when you push on top of that bottle. I knew we where going to be friends and she now lives in our kitchen in an old olive oil bottle..
The good thing is...you can order friends of her on the net. (sorry only in German language)
Fondest memory: www.flaschentaucher.de
Have a look...
The adress of the company is
Favorite thing: Cologne is known to have an outspoken variation on the german language...
I didn't noticed that although whe where listening concentrated.
Dutch and German however are related languages. Flemish people can easily understand dutch. And we can speak a funny , hilarious german if we try.
We do have to laugh seeing some words...
this was an highlight:
Punschpflaume mit zimt-pflaumen-eis
Meaning a dessert with prunes and ice...lol
In ducht is sounds quit smutty.......
Fondest memory: btw I chose the pancakes with raisin-cheese filling and a caramel sauce...
- Food and Dining
Policemans in Cologne
Favorite thing: One good thing about Cologne worth a mention is the friendly police. Usually they are ready for help, always try to answer to questions etc. Also there is many female policemans (or "police-womans"??:)) what looks very positive.
- Arts and Culture
- Family Travel
Cologne is both an ancient and modern city.
Favorite thing: Cologne is both an ancient and a modern city. Everywhere we walked we found both ancient buildings and walls all mixed in amoung the new modern buildings. Here is an example of a new modern tower and an ancient Cathedral all within a few blocks of each other.
Favorite thing: Concert hall with superior acoustics, underground, near the Museum Ludwig and the Cathedral. Attending a classical music concert in Germany can be a quasi-religious experience. In May 2006, I had the wonderful luck of being able to catch Alfred Brendel, one of the great living interpreters of the Viennese school, play a recital of Mozart, Haydn and Schubert here. I splurged on a good ticket - how often do I get to see Alfred Brendel - and I ended up less than 20 feet away from the master, with a clear sightline of his bemused profile and his agile hands.
Check out upcoming concerts on their web site, here:
See the spectacular Cathedral,...
Favorite thing: See the spectacular Cathedral, wander along the promenade along the river. Also the Altstad is worth seeing.
Fondest memory: Having breakfast in the Maritim Hotel's restaurant which overlooks the river and watching the boats and barges gliding past. also the Cathedral (seen it three times now and it's still impressive every time)
When I was in Cologne, I...
Favorite thing: When I was in Cologne, I noticed that there was a significant amount of shopping going on. Not as much as I've seen in other parts of Europe, but definitely the most in Germany. If you like to shop, this city might deserve to be on your itinerary. Of course there were the obvious Dom, some churches, a few chocolate factories,and a beautiful river.
Fondest memory: I've just got too many darn pictures of the Dom!
I told you about the Catedral....
Favorite thing: I told you about the Catedral. A fantastic gotic
building, and if you cross the river Rhine, the
view from the other side, with the bridge, the
museum and the Catedral is one of the best you can
see in the city.
Don´t forget go along the river. There are many good
old houses from the XVII century painted with rich
Fondest memory: Althoug the tourist tipical visites of Cologne, there
is a different place that it´s perhaps where I have
my fondest memory.
For such a latin people like me, the punctuality and
the exactness is not always what we have around us, and after spending more than an hour in the central
train station, down the Catedral, I must confess
german people are incredible. Lots of trains going up
and down in one of the main station of central Europe
and all the arrivals and departures were at the second, not at the minute. For people who loves trains is really a good place to stay for a while.
You'll find Cologne to be very...
Favorite thing: You'll find Cologne to be very manageable. Everything is conveniently located in the shadows of the great Cathedral. Although, let's face it, the entire state of Nordrhein-Westfalen is in the shadows of the great Cathedral.
The beverage of choice in these parts is Kölsch, a light golden lager served in teeny little glasses. It's not bad, but not really my style. I'm more of a dark, malty beer kind of guy, but in the summertime, Kölsch does well in a pinch.
A must-see is the Koeln...
Favorite thing: A must-see is the Koeln cathedral, built in the 1300's and heavily damaged in World War II. Renovation continues even today. This Gothic cathedral, with its ornate architecture and flying buttresses, is a feast for the eyes.
Fondest memory: The jovial atmosphere attained when congregating with friends at a beerhall near the town center, enjoying bratwurst, sauerkraut and beer brewed in-house.
you've gotta go and climb to...
Favorite thing: 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...
Fondest memory: 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.
Home of a real fan!
Favorite thing: 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?!?
Cologne By Night
Favorite thing: There?s one reason why I never (all right, almost never!) grumble when I get to wander around the city at night or in the evening, for whatever cause that happens. It?s because I have noticed long-long time ago that all the cities - especially the bigger ones - are much more fascinating when the dusk or even better the night descends onto them, and instead of the cheerful (but rather plain) light of the sun we have starlight, moonlight, and illumination.
Of course, the degree to which I enjoy a night-time stroll depends heavily on the quality of illumination - for there are few things worse than a bad set of lights that exposes the ugliest features and hides the most attractive details, for night excursions are obviously not for getting acquainted with the finer and smaller details of the sights.
In Cologne, my night-time favourites include the Cathedral (quite understandable, this, I think) - which is also in the picture close to the tip - and the City Hall.
When you are there you must go...
Favorite thing: When you are there you must go upstairs at 'der Koelner Dom', the cathedral of the city. It´s very easy, more than 500 steps :) The view up there is great, you can see the whole city, the river (der Rhein).
You can also get a boat and travel through the romantic Rhein, and stop in smaller cities, and also more typical ones.
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