Old Town Cologne – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , October 18th, 2019

Old Town Cologne - Keep Calm and Wander

The historic Old Town of Cologne is, I think, the best place to drink and eat in the city. Especially in the summer- when the searing temperature is on, and everyone is thirsty.

Based on historical records, 72% of the city was destroyed by World war II. However, much of the structures of the Old Town Cologne was rebuilt, but still true to its original form.

Before my friend showed me the Old Town center, we walked along the Rhine River. We passed by the Deutches Sports and Olympia Museum. Then, we dropped by the Cologne Chocolate Factory Museum (Schcoladen) where we had Lindt.

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The Roman-German Museum in Cologne – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , October 16th, 2019

the Roman-German Museum - Keep Calm and Wander

There is no doubt that the Roman-German Museum in Cologne proves that the wonderful city was once under Roman rule. The modern museum itself stands on the land where the original marvelous mosaic of Dionysius was found. Thus, the Römisch-Germanisches Museum is, in itself, an archaeological site.

Dionysius’s mosaic is, perhaps, the museum’s most-prized artifact – and therefore, a must-see attraction.

Inside the museum, your eyes will be feasting on hundreds of small and large ancient objects. From tiny trinkets to kitchenwares; to pieces of jewelry and toys and tombstones – all gloriously displayed over three floors!

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Inside the Cologne Cathedral – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 29th, 2019

Cologne Cathedral - Keep Calm and Wander

Now, that you’ve seen the 360-degree views of the facade, it is now time for you to see what’s inside Cologne Cathedral. In my previous post, I revealed that the main reason why this Koln Cathedral is popular is because of the remains of the Three Wise Men or The Three Magi.

If you are a Catholic, you know who these people I’m talking about. For those who don’t – they are also called, “The Three Kings” the first visitors when Jesus Christ was born. They found the baby Jesus just by following the shiniest star that night. Every January 6, the Catholic world celebrates the “Three King’s Day” which also signals the end of the Christmas celebration.

And you might be wondering why I know of all this information? Nope, it’s not Google or Alexa! It’s because I went to a Catholic high school. I do still remember snippets of my Christian Living class!

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The Cologne Cathedral Facade – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , May 25th, 2019

Cologne Cathedral Facade - Keep Calm and Wander

I am going to show you the 360 views of the Cologne Cathedral facade in Germany – before I’ll take you inside. This imposing Gothic Cathedral is Cologne’s most famous landmark and the pride of its people – regardless of their religious affiliation. And true enough, from a glance outside, the cathedral is nothing short of stupendous and magnificent!

If you look at its sky-scraping spires, you feel nothing but like a tiny human in front of a towering giant.

Cologne Cathedral (aka Cathedral Church of St. Peter) stands right on Rhine River. You can’t miss its colossal structure which can be seen anywhere on almost everyone’s rooftop.

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Love Lock Madness in Cologne – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , July 30th, 2016

Cologne locks

It feels like I’ve been all over the place this week: Berlin, then Dusseldorf, and now in Cologne, where I am spending the weekend. My three days in Cologne were definitely my favorite part of the week – my last two days in Berlin and also in Dusseldorf, it was mostly about work, but I tried to take some time off this weekend to find out if I still loved Cologne as much as I did fifteen years ago. Cologne and I have a special history: I visited the city for the first time with my girlfriends when I was 15 and was instantly mesmerized by the multi-cultural, vibrant city. What a difference from my sleepy hometown it was! I decided right there and then that I was going to move to Cologne one day, and a few more visits during my last couple of years in high school reaffirmed my love for the city, which is why I ended up enrolling in the University Of Cologne in 2000.

I had to leave unexpectedly after only two years, but always thought I’d come back one day – possibly to live there. But life had other plans for me and I never returned – until now, that is. As so many cities, Cologne has changed considerably since I lived here, and I had the best time this weekend rediscovering the place I called home all those years ago. With a good friend in tow and perfect summer weather, I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect time here – from food markets to bike rides along the Rhine River to a night out in Cologne’s thriving LGBT bar scene, I loved every second of it.

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Gay Cologne, Germany – Chocolate, Charm and Christmas Markets

Author: , December 26th, 2014

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At this time of year, the crowds come to Cologne mainly for the Chocolate Museum and for its Christmas markets, but there’s so much more to discover on the Rhine river.

A gentle city where lovers leave their love locks on a bridge and Cologne Cathedral (a World Heritage Site) makes you dream of ancient times, Cologne is also a city with some of the best museums in Germany. Meanwhile hipster and indie areas like the Belgian Quarter demonstrate how far Germany has evolved from lederhosen, sausage and beer stereotypes.

Cologne is a metropolis with a 2,000-year history. Founded by the Romans, this was the main imperial town north of the Alps. This is where Agrippina, mother of emperor Nero, was born, and where the Romans stared at the barbarians on the other side of the Rhine. Its Roman past can still be seen today between the City Hall and the Cathedral, the river and Rudolfplatx.

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Bohn and Koln, Germany

Author: , June 27th, 2014

Bonn, Germany - Dolly GoolsbyGuten Tag,

Yes, we are in Germany now. We started sailing last night from our last little village in the Netherlands, where we were on the Waal River, a tributary of the Rhine. At 0830 this morning we docked at Bonn, Germany. We had already had our breakfast and we were ready for our walking tour through the city of Bonn.

Bonn is one of the oldest cities in Germany, and was the capital of West Germany before the Berlin Wall came down. Bonn is a university town, and has several old churches, but the city was so heavily bombed during World War II that very little of the original buildings are standing, and those that are have been restored.

The administration building for the university. Like many large universities, this one has no central building, but has different buildings for different schools of study. We talked with some young lady students, and found that tuition for each semester is 250 Euro per student, whether local or foreign. Almost makes foreign study cheaper than going to university at home, no?

From there, we walked to see the old cathedral. Much of it has been restored, but still looks ancient to me. We did not go inside, but walked around the city for a bit. We came to a statue of Beethoven, who is a favorite son of Bonn. He was born here, but spent most of his life in Vienna, but Bonn still claims him as their own local boy.

After our walking tour, several of us decided to go to Koeln to see the Cathedral there. The train system is very good here. We got group rates for 2 groups of 5, for 5 Euro each person, round trip. The Hauptbahnhof (train station) in Koeln is right beside the Cathedral, and the trip took 30 minutes each way.

The Koeln Cathedral is enormous, and beautiful. There are so many stained glass windows, from different eras. The ceiling is 140 feet high. When we first got there, a Mass was in progress, with the pipe organ playing. I would have loved to have heard that music for longer. The floors throughout the upper chapel were beautiful mosaics. We saw several tombs of popes and bishops, but I cannot tell you who they were. Guess I should have brought a guide book.

We found a place for a nice light lunch, then took the train back to Bonn. After finding our way back to the ship, we are now enjoying a glass of wine in the lounge. When Frank and I got down here, Ron and Jo were already on their first drink. I don’t know what this says about us, but the bartender came came over to our table, and said he noticed that we drank a lot of wine, and offered us a 20% discount on bottles of wine, rather than our just buying it by the glass. He thought that would save us some money. Sounded like a good deal to us, so we took him up on it.

So I will close on that note. By writing, I have fallen behind the others in the wine drinking!

Auf Wiedersehen for now. We will be in Germany for quite a few more days. Therefore, you will get more information from me on how the wine drinking is going.


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Cologne’s Amazing Street Art

Author: , March 18th, 2014

Street Art by ROA in Cologne’s Ehrenfeld NeighborhoodI’m a sucker for street art and when I learned there was a big mural by Belgian artist ROA in Cologne, Germany, I made sure to visit on my recent trip. The mural was created during the 2011 CityLeaks Festival–an urban art festival each year.

The organization behind the arts festival also runs weekly tours each Sunday–most of which are in the Ehrenfeld neighborhood. Though their schedule is sporadic (and doesn’t seem to be on during winter), so make sure you check their website for details.

Ehrenfeld was probably my favorite discovery in Cologne. The eclectic neighborhood has everything from international/ethnic restaurants to free book depositories (just make sure you leave something in return). There are numerous cafes and bars as well, so the area just on the outskirts of central Cologne remains lively as much during the day as in the evening.

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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These Photos Will Make You Want to Go to Cologne Pride

Author: , March 17th, 2014

Cologne CarnivalAfter visiting Cologne a few times in the past six months, it’s quickly climbed up my list of favorite German cities. So a few weeks back, with Cologne’s annual Carnival approaching, I booked myself train tickets for the long weekend. The Cologne Carnival (or Koeln Karneval, auf Deutsch) is the biggest event in the city each year.

From speaking to friends who live in Cologne, the annual Carnival usually ranks among the best things to do in the city. So, having fallen for the city last year, I made a point to visit during their biggest event. Even if I was skeptical of what Carnival would be like, in the end it turned out to be a fun, easy-going, non-stop party.

The Cologne Carnival is more than just a weekend festival, though. It kicks off with events the week before, but the biggest party is the Rose Monday Parade (Der Koelner Rosenmontagszug).

Authored by Adam Groffman. See the Full Story at Travels of Adam here.

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Visiting Cologne’s Memorial for Gay and Lesbian Nazi Victims

Author: , March 9th, 2014

Cologne Memorial for Gay and Lesbian Victims of NazismWith nearly 10% of the local Cologne residents identifying as gay or lesbian (according to Cologne’s official gay travel information), the city has quickly become one of my favorite German cities. Maybe it’s the upbeat attitude of the local residents in Cologne. Maybe it’s the innate friendliness that seems to define the city.

Or maybe it’s the fact that people will actually start conversations with strangers on the street. This open-minded attitude and friendly atmosphere makes Cologne a friendly and fun place to visit — and it’s why I’ve been back twice in the past six months!

When researching gay things to do in Cologne, Germany, one of the things I kept coming across was a memorial for gay and lesbian victims of Nazism (National Socialism as the Germans say). The memorial was inaugurated in 1995, well before the more popular one in Berlin, but still later than a similar memorial in Frankfurt.

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