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  • Mar30

    Alone in Cologne

    March 30, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    After Germany, Switzerland would be my next stop. I've spent a good amount of time in Germany (on tour with the dance company I work for), and decided that my unexpected three nights in Lunen were plenty of small town German culture for me this trip. A childhood friend reached out when he saw on Instagram that I was in Belgium, and said if I wanted to stop over in Luzern I was welcome! I planned not to plan anything on this trip, and for this exact reason - so that I could travel with the flexibility to take advantage of unexpected situations just like this one! So, I found the cheapest way to get to Switzerland from Germany was a flight from Cologne. And of course, since the flight was at 6am, I planned to stay out late and then sleep in the airport for a few hours. (Saves money, at the expense of your body.)

    Anyway, my day/night alone in Cologne (lol) was wonderful!!! I love cities of this size. You can walk the whole thing in a day, explore different neighborhoods, maybe do a tour or whatever, find a great spot to eat and drink on every corner. Lots of beautiful German architecture and so many fun energetic bars. Definitely a bit touristy but I can get down with that. I really only had one meaningful interaction the whole day, embarrassingly with an American and a new friend of hers she had met in Amsterdam. But it was nice to share our travel stories and compare our experiences and opinions of Europe vs. USA.

    My favorite discovery was an outdoor antique flea market! A little Platz called “Neumarkt”. Lots of awesome things to be found there.

    One more advantageous find - as soon as I got off the train in Cologne I realized it was gonna suck to have my backpack with me the whole day. It’s, not too big, but you’d rather walk around a city without it. So I happened upon a “luggage storage” right outside the ticket office and money exchange counter. Amazingly efficient and very cheap! 6 euro for 12 hours or something like that. I was so thrilled I found it. Something to look for in other cities!

    Overall, a lovely day in Köln! Would love to return.
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  • Day7

    Cologne (DE)

    July 14, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Not all green pastures, and tranquil meadows. This northern section of the Rhine is also known as the Industrial Ruins. Slow going and without a GPS it would be even worse.

    Rode through Duisburg (couldn't help myself and stopped at a Starbucks for a cappuccino) also Europe's largest inland port, then to Dusseldorf (the Tour de France started here 2 weeks ago), then to Cologne (one of the oldest cities in Germany.

    The biggest landmark in Cologne is the gothic style Cologne Cathedral completed in 1880 and took 632 years to build !
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  • Day29

    Cruising through Cologne area

    April 23, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Today we cruised along the Rhine towards Bonn, Germany. Originally we were scheduled to dock in Cologne but there was a protest scheduled by some extreme right wing parties so we skipped along to Bonn instead. The countryside was dotted with small villages with pretty houses and churches. It really is a nice way to travel. Mostly you get to see the good sides of villages and towns as everyone builds houses and buildings to have a view of the river. We did also see some pretty large factories and powerstations that also get built along riverbanks.Read more

  • Day62

    Day 62 - Koblenz to Cologne, 67 miles

    June 16, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    All about navigation today as due to all the recent rain a lot of the cycle route along the river was closed. Normally wouldn't mind a bit of re-navifation but in a valley with limited options apart from a busy road it wasn't great but more importantly I needed to find a bar by 3pm for the England Wales game!

    After a short stint on the road I went back the river path and things had improved so headed to Bonn and managed to find a trusty Irish bar to watch the game with randomly a group of Germans who were supporting England.

    After the game it was best part of the day and had a really nice evening ride upto Cologne. Very vibrant city and while place was buzzing for the German game against Poland. Great atmosphere in town and good to watch the game with local fans.
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  • Day7

    Walking Tour of Cologne

    June 16, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    We arrived in Cologne at 3 o'clock and walked around for a few hours taking in this rather gothic town.

    Cologne has 2,000-year-old city spanning the Rhine River in western Germany, is the region’s cultural hub.

    Cologne importance in the Middle Ages is reflected by its 12 Romanesque Chuches
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  • Day10


    August 26, 2020 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Nach einer sehr stürmischen Nacht auf einem Campingplatz am Kronensee im Süden Niedersachsens, wachten wir pünktlich zum Regenbeginn auf. Im Regen packten wir in Rekordzeit unser Zelt und unsere Campingsachen zusammen, sprangen ins Auto und fuhren weiter in Richtung Nordrhein-Westfalen.
    Dort war das Wetter leider kein Stück besser, die dunklen Wolken verfolgten uns bis zu den berühmten Externsteinen, die wir nach einer kurzen Wanderung durch den Wald erreichten. Die bizarre Felsformation besteht aus Sandstein; sehr beeindruckend fand ich, dass die Externsteine zunächst flach auf dem Boden lagen und durch Plattenverschiebung im Laufe der Zeit senkrecht aufgestellt wurden.
    Da sich das Wetter auch nachmittags nicht bessern wollte, planten wir einen Höhlenbesuch in den Bilsteinhöhlen in Warstein ein. Bei einer Höhlenführung konnten wir die teilweise sehr großen, skulpturartigen Tropfsteine und Kalksteinrinnen an den Höhlenwänden betrachten. Außerdem gab es hier noch einen Wildpark, in dem wir Füchse und Rehe, aber leider keine Luchse entdecken konnten.
    Nach einem Blick auf die Karte kamen wir am Nachmittag spontan auf die Idee, den Abend in Köln zu verbringen und dort zu übernachten. Wir fanden ein günstiges AirBnb-Zimmer mitten in der Kölner Innenstadt - perfekte Lage für eine Erkundungstour, bis auf einen Mangel an Parkplätzen! Eine halbe Stunde lang fuhren wir im Kreis, bevor wir endlich einen Platz zum Parken gefunden haben (den wir uns leider nicht gut merkten, sodass wir nachts noch ewig das Auto suchen mussten!). Danach stellten wir nur noch kurz unsere Sachen ab und liefen direkt in die Altstadt, um wenigstens noch etwas von Köln zu sehen.
    Mittlerweile war es dunkel geworden, es nieselte leicht und es war ein Mittwochabend, sodass die Innenstadt schon fast ausgestorben wirkte. Umso schneller waren wir an dem imposanten Kölner Dom und konnten anschließend von der Hohenzollernbrücke den Ausblick auf die beleuchtete Stadt genießen. Mit einem Cocktail in einer netten Bar direkt am Rhein ließen Linda und ich unseren Abend in Köln ausklingen.
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  • Day1


    November 23, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 10 °C

    I ended my period Barcelona in the morning with breakfasting with my new friends and family and being brought to the airport. After arriving in colonia after seven month, I went directly to my first shift at the Christmas market. Funny one of my roommates from Barcelona, Anni, was working there too and another one, Tim, was visiting us :) I worked at the christmas market, selling Glühwein almost every day for five weeks, to earn some money for the next period of my life: Greece. But also it was a nice opportunity to see again my old friends and my boys - and the new girl :) - of my old shared flat :)
    It was a very very nice and exhausting time in colonia where I saw my old life connected with the new version of me
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  • Day30

    Köln, Germany pt II

    June 1, 2016 in Germany ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Day 29:

    So lets take a small journey into our accommodations here... Last night we went to put the blackout shades down, and I don't know if they're doomsday preppers or what, but they weren't as much blinds as 2 levels of huge wooden blocks on the outside of the window. But no complaints here, they kept out the light... as well as any stray zombies. Also the beds. We slept in separate beds last night. Not because we are fighting or one bed was too small. Because the double bed is perched 2 meters in the air on a homemade bunk bed. Danielle drew the short straw (meaning was brave enough), and slept on the top bunk. But we made it through the night, and that's what matters.

    It was raining when we woke up, with no signs of halting. Throughout the day, it probably completely stopped 3 times. But luckily for us, it wasn't too crazy for most of the day. We wandered our way through the city, following old buildings, most notably being the Kölner Rathaus, Groß Sankt Martin Kirche, and of course, Kölner Dom.

    We do have to note that Köln is the first town we have seen that has tangible signs of how devastating the World Wars were. Beautiful old buildings were reduced to rubble. The only ones with the financing to be rebuilt were the chuches, but you can plainly see on the buildings where the original walls end and the 20th century replacement begins. Being completely honest, not much was left from the originals. Luckily, the World Wars happened after photography, allowing them to rebuild with accuracy. It gives a slightly skewed view into the past, either way.

    The Kölner Rathaus is the oldest documented city hall in all of Germany, with records back 900 years. The building was expanded upon in he succesive centuries with our favorite gothic styling. We did get rained on by rain coming from the mouth of one of the gargoyles, and for some reason we loved that fact. It was a little bit of a bummer hearing that the Great Saint Martin's Church was built in the latter part of the 20th century, but it was started in the 12th, so I think we might just stick with that.

    The Cologne Cathedral stands alone in its sheer size. Despite rain, we stood staring again. Inside was even more breathtaking. The ceiling was indescribably high, there were medieval tapestries, massive stained glass windows... I feel like we may have peaked as far as churches are concerned. Just amazing. Its such a ridiculous story behind the church, though. Churches existed on the same area since the 4th century, including what was known as the oldest catherdral. They tore down the old cathedral to build this one in the 1200s. The initial building lasted 200 years, then was halted, with towers topped by cranes, for 400 years, before completing it after another 50. So with that 400 year hiatus, it makes sense that it really overshadows the rest of the cathedrals from its era.

    Next, we went to Früh to have lunch and beer. They are one of the original brewers of the style designated solely to the region, the Kölsch. This was our first experience with a restaurant that replaces your beer without you asking. Sort of a shock at first, but at 18cl each, nobody should get into any trouble. The food was a beautiful mess of pork, potatoes, mushrooms, heavy sauces, and one tomato slice. It was just what we needed.

    We wandered our way home just before the rain went completely insane. We were more than happy to hear the madness from the safety of the inside.
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  • Day24

    Day 24: Köln

    August 1, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    On se réveille sans soucis dans notre petit coin de forêt, et on commence la journée en force avec un superbe petit déjeuner accompagné de mûres fraîches!

    On descend ensuite à la ville, afin de voir ce que Trier a à nous offrir. On fait rapidement le tour des petites ruelles et on décide d'aller prendre un café avant de prendre le train. C'est alors que la serveuse nous informe qu'un retraité assis derrière souhaite nous payer notre table! On est sans mots.. On lui demande s'il souhaite nous joindre à notre table et jouer aux cartes avec nous, mais il refuse poliment. Avant de partir, notre généreux inconnu nous souhaite aurevoir, et on se dit que la meilleure façon de le remercier est de payer à notre tour le café à des voyageurs nous inspirant!

    On prend alors le train pour Cologne et on arrive à notre Airbnb peu après midi. On a à peine le temps de prendre une douche et de se reposer un peu, que notre hôte nous demande si c'est bien nous Joël. Un peu confus, le Joël en question et sa femme apparaissent alors à la porte de l'appart et on se rend compte qu'on a tous les deux réservés la même chambre. S'en suit une série d'appels avec Airbnb pour démêler le tout et trouver un second logement pour le couple. Ils sont très sympas, viennent de la région de Paris er comme nous, ne sont à Cologne que pour la soirée. Ils réussissent finalement à rejoindre la compagnie et trouver une entente, alors que nous allons rester dans cette chambre.

    On quitte alors pour le centre, tout en souhaitant une bonne continuité de voyage au couple français. On visite la cathédrale de Cologne, puis on se dirige vers le quartier plus alternatif de Ehrenfeld où on trouve un bar sympa pour goûter la bière locale (et une radler pour moi!) et jouer aux dards (où je me fais un peu défoncer avec mon niveau de coordination extraordinaire.. il mérite quand même de souligner que, à travers tous les serveurs qui passaient tout près, personne n'a perdu un oeil!).

    On se rend ensuite à un port où il y a un festival de film des océans. C'est génial, mais malheureusement Mikel est un peu malade alors on rentre à la mi-temps pour se reposer, et se préparer pour notre vol de demain. On rentre ainsi à Vitoria, en Espagne, la tête pleine de souvenirs et en sachant, on l'espère, un peu mieux comment l'on souhaite accueillir les autres : c'est à dire comment on a si bien été accueillis durant ces trois dernières semaines!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Alter Markt, Old Market, Vieux-Marché