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).
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
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...
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.
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.
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, 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 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. 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 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 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.
take a sight seeing boat ride on the Rhine River. Get off the boat at one of the small villages and have lunch at a gast haus. The beer and food is something you will remember the rest of your life. I know because I did exactly that in 1958 and it is still a vivid memory. I served in the US Army in Germany 1958-1960. Went back 4 times since then.
Fondest memory: I remember the trains, mountains, flowers, lakes, beer, food, music, friendship, the cathedral in Cologne(climbed to the top)the gast hauses and the way the german people enjoy their liesure time. I also have fond memories of the chair lifts at Rudesheim, Assmanshausen and the car ferries at Koblenz, Bingen and Mainz. Germany is right up there at the top of my favorite countries to visit.
Sin ninguna duda lo más impresionante de esta Ciudad situada en los márgenes del Rhin es la portentosa y reconstruída Catedral Gótica que aquí en ' Köln' se conoce como Domo o Dohme, de dimensiones y armonía arquitectónica magníficas
Fondest memory: Los contrastes de tipos urbanísticos: el gótico medieval a la vera de modernos edificios modernos
Of course you must visit the gothic cathredral, near the main railway station (Hauptbahnhof). The twin towers are almost 170m high. Inside, you'll find a golden shrine with the remains of Caspar, Melchior & Balthasar. Near the cathedral there are several roman sites, some on surface and some in underground parkings.
Fondest memory: Koelsch beer.
Favorite thing: Although the football club haven't got a particular cup victory since 1983, the FC Köln supporters love their teams from the bottom of their hearts. It is a MUST to attend to any game of 1.FC Köln in their home ground, Rhine-Energie Stadion