The capital of the German state North Rhine-Westphalia and the most important metropolis on the Rhine, Cologne appears to have all of it, together with a handy location: Brussels, Amsterdam, Luxembourg and Paris are all 4 hours by prepare, so it’s value dropping by for a go to to see and expertise all town has to supply: from the well-known cathedral and the Rhine promenades to the ever-present 0.2L Kölsch beer glasses (and the bizarre serving habits!) and its famously hospitable & heat residents. Comply with these tips by Cologne locals and get a style of why some name Cologne Italy’s northernmost metropolis!
Neighborhood gathering level
Cologne has loads of beer gardens and outside consuming areas, however this one’s native Marcel’s favourite. Leafy Rathenauplatz is principally used as a neighborhood park and assembly level, and even when it will get crowded in summer time (it’s a well-liked public viewing spot for worldwide soccer occasions), it by no means feels hectic or disagreeable. That’s primarily as a result of the group takes care of it itself — they function the beer backyard and there’s even a book-swap shelf and a boules discipline. Get a snack from one of many surrounding retailers & eating places and have a seat on a bench or on the grass!
A postcard for each style
Germany’s largest treasure trove for postcards is correct in Cologne! Round 50,000 postcards are stated to be saved in W. Königs Postkartenladen (or postcard store). It has two flooring, and on the primary ground you’ll discover a fashionable reward and memento store, however it’s on the second ground the place it’s really at. Take your time and flick through the classic cardboards with yellowed hand-written index playing cards which are someway paying homage to previous videoclubs and also you’re sure to search out one thing a card you simply received’t be capable of go away behind.
Α bar in a ‘shared condo’
Wohngemeinschaft actually means shared condo, and this hostel bar is modeled after a global frequent dwelling space full with 16 completely different rooms. With its truthful costs, cool atmosphere, stay music nights, journey shows and language change evenings, it not solely attracts open-minded and social vacationers, but additionally lots of locals!
Reclaiming the neighborhood kiosk
The kiosk, or büdchen, situated on the nook of Remigiusstrasse and Lotharstrasse in Sülz is the “Büdchen” of native Julia’s childhood. As she grew older, the kiosk was getting shabbier, till one days it closed down. Nonetheless, it was taken up by the neighborhood, together with Julia, and now they’re working it collectively and organising small concert events, artwork exhibitions and naturally at all times promoting espresso, ice cream and sweets with a smile. It has introduced collectively neighbors and created new bonds — a real gem on this overly commercialised and impersonal age.
A contemporary conventional restaurant
When native Stephan feels hungrier than typical, he heads out to Bei Oma Kleinmann (Granny Kleinmann’s). Right here they concentrate on schnitzel in all its shapes and types, they usually also have a few vegetarian varieties! In addition they have weekly seasonal specials like chanterelles, asparagus or roast goose. You may both make a reservation or do a walk-in and wait in line on the homely previous beer bar with a Kölsch (or two) in hand.
A real underground rock ‘n’ roll bar
Ehrenfeld has gained a status for being the good, punk-est (or, let’s face it, extra Berlin-like) of Cologne’s neighborhoods. The Sonic Ballroom is likely one of the staples within the rock’n’roll topography of the district, and whereas different close by venues take extra of a pop-rock strategy, this one’s stays firmly within the hand of the (true) underground. Punters vary from punks with mohawks to metalheads — and a live performance schedule to match. Come right here on your repair of electrical guitars, sweat and low cost beer.
Memorials to armed resistance in opposition to Hitler
Whereas we’re nonetheless in Ehrenfeld, you will discover murals and memorial plaques subsequent to the prepare station devoted to the Edelweißpiraten. This was a loosely knit youth-group that had been organised to oppose the predominance of the Hitler Youth. 13 of them, together with a number of youngsters and Hans Steinbrück, their chief, have been executed with out trial in a public hanging in the exact same space the place the memorials stand at present on November 10, 1944. One other annual tribute to them is the Edelweißpiratenfestival, a music and tradition pageant held within the Friedenspark within the south of town.
Cologne’s greatest viewpoint
In case you’re in Cologne, chances are high that in some unspecified time in the future you’ll attempt to take a shot of the attractive Rhine and its riverside promenade along with the Dom (the Cathedral) and the remainder of the cityscape. There’s no higher place to do this than from someplace up excessive, and extra particularly the KölnTriangle, a skyscraper on the opposite facet of the Rhine. From the viewing platform not solely do you get a 360° view of the Dom, the previous metropolis and the opposite areas of Cologne, there’s additionally data on what you’re seeing.