And... it's only 4 euros for 24 hours.
What an excellent thing this is, meet Schliebfach Automat 8, my new best friend. Sometimes you find yourself in a city with time to spare but you can't have a walk around because you are weighed down with luggage, probably on route to the airport - problem solved!
At the main station in Cologne they have these wonderful automated machines for storing your luggage, you put your case/rucksack inside, insert 4 euros and wait. The door closes and your luggage is whisked away, a card is dispensed, keep this safe!
When you come back simply insert the card and the machine finds your luggage for you and away you go...brilliant!
Favorite thing: On the photo you can see the river rhine crossing the city from south to north. The main city center is on the left side of the river. You can see the railways, close south to the main station is the cathedral and the pedestrial zones start here as well.
Disabled visitors to Cologne should be warned that this city, given its size and importance, is surprisingly poorly prepaired for people with disabilities. A big annoyance also to the local disabled community is the greatly restricted access to the public transport system. Especially tram and subway stations are predominantly INACCESSIBLE, even the important hubs in the inner city. Apart from the f....ing transport system, it is a relatively safe assumption that recently constructed buildings are more or less accessible.
Here's a list of accessible places in Cologne (from the top of my head):
1. Frueh Brewery House
-- fully accessible, though often very crowded
-- decent disabled access if car park is used (free for blue badge holders)
3. Stadtgarten Concert Venue and Bar
-- ramped access to bar and concert hall -- I don't know if they also have an accessible loo. The bar seems to be a good place to hang out
4. Cinedom (Multiplex Cinema)
-- relatively good access to most of the cinemas. When I go to the movies, I nearly always go here. Parking is in a huge subterranean car park with different sections, some of which close at 10 PM. Make sure you're not using one of these!!!
5. Cafe Maybach
-- in Maybach Street, close to the Cinedom. Disabled loo available, nice beer garden, but an annoyingly posh place, very untypical for Cologne. Overpriced Food.
6. Deutz Youth Hostel
-- just reopened, serveral accessible rooms available
7. Stollwerck Chocolate Museum/Sports Museum
-- with special thanks to Orlikins :-) -- New and very interesting museums right next to the Rhine river. Parking is a bit of a problem, but that's true for many places in Cologne
Fondest memory: -- The Capercaillie Concert at Cologne Stadtgarten -- too bad they rarely play in Germany!!!
-- drinking a hot pot of Coffee at Frueh's Brewery House during near blizzard conditions in the streets (December 2003)
Favorite thing: The official Cologne map from the Tourist Center is one of the best I have found. You can download it in pdf format and enlarge and print any section you want.
COLOGNE (Koln) is situated on the banks of the Rhine River in west central Germany.
It's an old city with a rich history and a lot of examples of earlier architecture
take a look at the e-map on