Food and Drink, Cologne
The Frueh is a very well known local brewery-pub where the local beer "Koelsch" is served to throngs of hot tired weary tourists in summer and the more appreciative locals the rest of the year!
It's a good central place to wait for your party to arrive.
For those of you who like a beer or two, and exercise at the same time in the company of other likeminded folk, then this mode of transport may be the one for you.
It is affectionally known as the Beer Bike . It looks hard work but from the fun and laughter coming from the participants, they did not seem to mind one iota.
I have given you the website, but unfortunately it is in German, but if you are in any of the German cities shown on the map on the website, I am sure the local tourist office will enlighten you.
Kölsch is the local beer speciality. It is a clear beer with a bright straw yellow hue, and it has a prominent, but not extreme, hoppiness. It is less bitter than the standard German lager beer, Pils. Having one is a must do thing in Cologne.
Now it was December and we were walking round the Christmas market stalls, but Id hate to think that the amazing food and drink on sale is only offered in winter. Our first night saw us guzzling back china mugs shaped like boots full of Gluhwein, that wonderful German mulled wine that knocks your head off! Hot and steaming together with a plate of mushrooms in garlic sauce, followed by frikadela ( apologies to our German cousins for the spelling)and a delicious creamed spinach...wow! Next mug was Eierpunsch...hot mulled wine with egg liqueuer...even stronger! It certainly kept the cold out and the happiness in. During the next day we tried the huge potato cakes...4 the size of a teaplate, on a piece of kitchen paper straight into your hands, couple them with sizzling fried, battered fish and there it was..German fish and chips!! These 3 days were not just about the markets and decorations...it was a whole culinary experience as well.
The centre, the pedestrian street and the places near by the river offering plenty of space for relaxing, and having a beer, when the weather is good of course, but not that early in the morning when I took this picture.
Köln and Düsseldorf have no shortage of pubs - most with their own brewery. Near the Cathedral you will find the Früh.
An interesting thing about European pubs; the waiters count the number of draft you order by making ticks on a beer coaster. Sabsi, Randall and Orion had the tough job of waiting outside in the heat of the day with only Früh beer to sustain them while Stefanie, Martin and the two of us climbed the tower.
Talking of Früh brewery: It of course is a Must See Activity as well. They brew their own Kölsch-beer here and the whole (very big) place is full of traditional Cologne atmosphere. Make sure not to miss it. You at least have to go in for one beer!
Check out their wonderful website for more!
Kölsch is a typical kind of beer brewed in Cologne. Most people think that it is a brand - IT IS NOT! Be aware that there are several different brands of Kölsch, not all of them of the same quality.
Kölsch is typicaly a golden beer, soft and balanced. You can find them almost in every pub and restaurant in Cologne, but if you're looking for the real thing, try finding a good Brauhaus (micro-brewery) and drink it there.
My personal favourite Kölsches: Päffgen, Müehle and Sion (try them in their own brauhauses).
Kolsch Haus -- any of the many 'microbreweries' serving the style of beer known as Kolsch. This is a lighter style of been than most and goes down quiet smooth. It is served in a 0.2 liter tall glass and goes great with typical Kolsch food -- which is not traditional 'German food' but might well include bloodwurst or a porkroast.
Stroll along near the river and visit the biergartens and cafes. You'll of course have to have a local beer or Kolsch.