Hiking boots are recommended as parts of the town are cobbled and a lot of it is on the slope, up & down all day... didn't do my ill prepared feet any good. Fortunately there are plenty of places to rest, in Cologne they are called 'Bars' just like back home, conveinient eh?
Photo Equipment: Recommended, but keep it to hand, Cologne is famous for pickpockets. There is a great camera shop next to the Dom (railway station side) lots of antique cameras.
Luggage and bags:
Bring a small backpack with enough space for snacks and drinks.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable tennis shoes. I wore flip flops to the park and my feet were sore at the end of the day.
If you dont want to get wet on the water rides, bring a light raincoat. I saw a lot of people at the park on water rides with raincoats to protects themselves and their bags because you have to bring your items with you on the rides.
Spare socks. Keep your feet dry, even if your shoes are a bit wet or bring flips flops to wear on water rides then change back into tennis shoes to walk the park.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you get motion sickness there is a over the counter medicine called Dramamine. You can take it 30-60 minutes before going on any rides and it works great. I also use it before I take long plane rides.
Small facecloth... just something extra, you never know what you might need it for. (maybe its a hot day and your feeling light headed, you could rise the facecloth under cool water and place the facecloth on your forehead)...etc.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Sunglasses.
Miscellaneous: Food at the park is expensive so try packing some sandwiches and drinks. I dont think they check bags at the parks (mine was not inspected) because I saw a lot of tourists taking food out of their bags and making little picnics here and there.
At the park you can buy a book/map which talks about the rides and phantasialand in general which costs about 3 Euro but it is a waste of money and space. You can get a map of the park for free and its just as good as the one in the book and handy enough to fold up and put in a pocket.
There is one ride called Winja's Force and I think it is one of the only rides (besides the black mambo...but you can leave your items off to the side) in which you cant take your bag on with you. They have lockers to rent near Winja's Force but they are usually all taken and it is hard to get a locker. It is about 3 Euro for a locker so it is not worth is just for one ride.
You'll need the widest of angles to get those great panoramas or get even some of the Dom interior.
Miscellaneous: D as always made a great travel mate in Cologne. She cut her cathedral visit short to help me hunt the Kölsch she just knew I had to have. A wife, well one like D, comes in handy like that. ;)
Luggage and bags:
When trekking around a backpack, when staying in a hotel a suitcase.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You get to walk around here a lot, so bring along your walking shoes or sneakers.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Nothing special, bring the usual: your toothbrush and all.
Photo Equipment: Yep, definitely photo shooting here. Bring a role of ilm & camera or buy one here.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring a bathing suit, when using the swimming pool.
Miscellaneous: In spring: bring a good coat.
In summer: bring skirts & shorts
In autumn: same as spring. Do expect some rain.
in winter: it can get very cold, so bring a long a good winterproof coat.
There is no special rainy season
Avg. Temp. in Spring: max.: 10 – 19°C ( 50 - 66°F ); min: 1 - 7°C ( 34 – 45°F )
Avg. Temp. in Summer: max.: 21 – 22°C ( 70 - 71F ); min: 11 - 12°C ( 51 - 53°F )
Avg. Temp. in Autumn: max.: 8 – 19°C ( 47 - 66°F); min: 2 - 10°C ( 36 – 50°F )
Avg. Temp. in Winter: max.: 5 – 6°C ( 41 - 43°F); min: 0 - 1°C ( 32 - 34°F )
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Cologne is one of the best shopping places in Germany. In the Hohe Straße you can basically find the same shops and fast food restaurants as in any other European city. Here and in Schildergasse there are some of the main department stores. Another important shopping street is the Breite Straße. But if you keep away from these areas, you will surely discover interesting and trendy shops.
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