Altstadt Nord

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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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  • Day16

    Cologne, Germany

    September 18, 2016 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    We were in Cologne for two nights at the first Airbnb we renteded on the trip. It was a nice change to have a little more space than just a hotel room but as Americans everything is just smaller to us in Europe. We even managed to order in one night with this bicycle service we kept seeing all around town called Foodora. We ordered Thai food for a change off a German menu and it wasn't that bad! Luckily Mitch downloaded this awesome app on his phone that allows you to scan any text like a menu, website, etc that will be translated to English. Its saved us at several places so far!

    Aside from that, Cologne was an interesting city. Its history dates back to the Romans which also can be seen around town with archived ruins that are still preserved. There is also the Cologne Cathedral which took several hundred years to build starting around 1200 that sits in the middle of the city. It is a pretty sight from near and far espeically across the Rhine River at sunset.

    During our walking tour we learned quite a bit about the WWII history, which around 90% of the city was destroyed. Fortunately the cathedral was not destroyed most likely because it was used as a navigation point for the bombers. Still today they find bombs in the ground around the city when they start new construction and have to take precaution to have them removed carefully.
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  • Day18


    October 7, 2019 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    A very cold day out and about in Cologne as our guide showed us around the massive Cologne Cathedral. The allied forces largely spared the cathedral during WW2 due to it's value, so it is in original condition.

    Also checked out the Eau De Cologne store (Farina fragrance museum), Lovelock bridge, and the city shopping precinct.

    We were warned about pickpockets, so were careful, but one of the young male passengers from our ship was shoulder charged by a young german bloke in the city...probably an anti-American sentiment we think.
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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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  • Day1

    Anreise/Kölner Dom/Rhein Ufer

    January 19, 2020 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 4 °C

    Fast wie geplant ging es für uns um 9.30 Uhr i Richtung Köln. Die Autobahn war so schön frei, sodass wir innerhalb von nur 2 Stunden in Köln angekommen sind. Wir starteten unsere Sightseeing Tour klassischer Weise am Kölner Dom, gefolgt von der Hohenzollernbrücke, dem Rhein Ufer bis hin zur Altstadt. Gegen Abend bezogen wir das Leonardo Hotel. Die Zimmer sind ok, durch unsere USA Reise sind wir ja deutlich schlechteres gewöhnt 😂Read more

  • 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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  • Day17

    Walking to Cologne Cathedral

    May 11, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    At 6:40 am got a shot of a grimy old coal port at Düsseldorf-Benrath. We docked at Cologne around 9:45 am, then went on a walking tour that ended at the cathedral. Our guide is a Scotsman who now lives in Germany. Of special interest was the Cologne town hall. The building is bedecked with statues of famous persons in Germany. More are being added all the time.Read more

  • Day17

    Cologne Cathedral

    May 11, 2015 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We attended the noon office at the Kölndom, as it is known here. Brief prayers were offered, including prayers for the travelers present. I thought this was a very thoughtful touch. Interspersed were three Bach toccatas, probably chosen for this week in the liturgical year. I could not imagine a more worshipful experience. Cologne Cathedral has long been my very favorite, and when I actually saw it, I was not disappointed. A little girl got loose from her mother in one of the radial chapels, and Glenda snapped a shot of her.Read more

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