Germany. The land of Weissbier, Schnitzel and Lederhosen … NOT! Germany is an incredibly diverse country with countless options of things to do, to see and – of course – to eat. One of the most fascinating cities to visit is Cologne! The country’s fourth largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia will blow your mind with historic points of interest, one of the most vibrant music and party scenes Germany has to offer and delicious culinary experiences. Here are 3 travel tips for Cologne / Germany which should be right on top of your to-do list!
1. Travel through 2000 years of history and 100 m up into the sky!
If you’re into history, Cologne is the place to be in Germany. In fact, you are visiting one the oldest city in the country! The first recorded urban settlement – which later evolved into this bustling city – dates back to 35 AD. Of course, the Romans meddled in the history of Cologne and turned it into the capital of Germania around 85 AD. Hence, the first tip for all those hobby historians traveling to Cologne: Check out the “Roman-Germanic Museum”! One of the many exhibitions of the museum is called “The legacy of the Romans” displaying the 2000-year-old history of the city. After having embarked on this trip back in time, the next highlight is just around the corner! No stay in Cologne is complete without a visit to the Cologne Cathedral. This epic building is the symbol of the city. All in all, it took around 600 years to build this monumental structure with its amazing Gothic architecture; still today, it is the second highest building in Cologne. Tip: Head up the south tower and enjoy the scenic view over the city from 100 m above ground.
2. Time to dine!
Cologne is a paradise for foodies and beer lovers! The beer of choice in Cologne is called a “Kölsch”! Served in tiny 0.2 cl glasses, this light and very delicious beer is THE all-time drink for the locals. Before gulping down a couple of those, you should get some substance in your belly. If you want to try out a typical Cologne specialty, order a portion of “Himmel und Ääd” (Heaven and Earth) in one of the many restaurants in the old town. For veggies and vegans, the restaurant “Ecco” close to Chlodwigplatz in the Suedstadt is one place you should pay a visit! The food is plant-based and everything is cooked from scratch. If you fancy gourmet dining on the highest level, Cologne is home to one of ten restaurants with three stars by Michelin. The Vendôme is located just a few minutes outside the city and will transport you into another culinary world! It is hands down the perfect place to take the lady of your dreams for dinner! If you don’t have a date, Cologne is also home to one of the most exclusive escort service in Germany – all you need to do is pick up the phone.
3. Dance like no one’s watching!
Cologne is one of the coolest places in Germany to party your hat off! For one, the city has a long carnival tradition. The carnival season begins on November 11 and continues until April. Cologne is also known for its amazing nightlife! Countless clubs, bars, lounges and festivals are just waiting to be discovered. You could start the evening with some nice cocktails in one of the hippest cocktail bars in Germany: The Shepheard. This very laid-back place is featured among the world best bars, known for its amazing choice of high end cocktails. Not as fancy by far but always fun is the “Sixpack” in the Belgium quarter! You’ll meet a young creative crowd, making this funky bar a great place to get in touch with the locals. When the clock strikes midnight, it’s time to check out some of the clubs in town! One key venue for the vibrant techno scene of the city is the Artheater – several floors, a chill out area, a bombastic sound system and a very energetic crowd will suck you in a spit you back out when the sun of the next day is well over the horizon. Of course, these are just some of the many possibilities this mind-blowing city offers. Cologne will enchant, fascinate, and thrill you in so many ways! Falling in love with this open-minded, arty, and cultural diverse city is easy. Just go there and enjoy every moment!