Love Lock Madness in Cologne – Globetrotter Girls

Author: , July 30th, 2016

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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.

By Daniele Guido Gessa – Full Story at Gay Star News | Germany Gay Travel Resources

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.

Dolly

By Dolly Goolsby – Full Story at Dolly Travels | Germany Gay Travel Resources

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.

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

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At the Cologne Carnival, or What The Hell Have I Gotten Into?

Author: , March 3rd, 2014

Cologne CarnivalAs I’m writing this I’m on my way to the annual Carnival festival in Cologne. I’ve heard about this festival ever since I moved to Germany. Carnival is nothing new, of course; it’s that religious holiday that somehow means lots of costumes, drinking & public street parties — perhaps most famous in Rio.

And then there’s Mardi Gras, of course: in New Orleans and in Sydney. I just know that this next week is a big deal for public street parties. And I’m excited to be visiting Germany’s largest: Carnival in Cologne (Koeln Karneval).

When I visited Cologne last year, it was immediately apparent that the Cologne Carnival is a big deal. Even months away there were stores selling typical Carnival garb. Knowing that before packing up and heading to Cologne today, plus the fact that just about every German in Germany knows that Cologne’s Carnival is a big, BIG deal — I’m a bit nervous. What am I supposed to wear? What will it really be like? Will it be as crowded as they say?

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

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Cologne, Germany – Cooler Than You Think

Author: , November 29th, 2013

Adam Groffman in Cologne, GermanyBefore the weather turned too cold I took a short trip up to visit Cologne (that’s Köln) for the very first time. Having lived in Germany for a little while now (a long while, really), it seemed strange that I hadn’t yet visited. All the things I’d heard about Cologne were positive. It’s apparently Germany’s most “gay” city with a more-than-usual LGBT population. It’s supposed to have good nightlife and artsy things to do. You hear these things about cities all the time but it’s always hard to judge.

In reality, though, I found Cologne 100% lived up to its hype. And probably even exceeded it! This was one damn cool city.

Shop in the Belgian Quarter

Well this has to be one of the coolest neighborhoods in Cologne. Full of great shops, boutiques, cafes and restaurants I pretty much stayed out in this area as much as possible. My favorite shop I found in this neighborhood was called Magasin 2, which was actually part of a trifecta of shops. They sold men’s and women’s fashion, plus cool & trendy things such as records and knick-knacks.

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

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Germany: Cologne’s LGBT Christmas Market Opens on 11/25

Author: , November 20th, 2013

Christmas AvenuAh, the European Christmas Markets. It’s that time of year when the aroma of spices floats through the air, and tourists and locals alike clamor for last-minute gifts and traditional items. In Cologne, Germany, though, you can expect to find rainbow flags alongside wooden raeuchermaennchen.

This year, the annual LGBT Christmas Market called Christmas Avenue will open on Novemeber 25 with Deputy Mayor Elfi Scho-Antwerpes presiding over the ceremony that will also include Sophie Russel, a popular comedienne and drag artist at the city’s Startreff nightclub. Also performing on opening night will be Wanda Kay, who entertained visitors to Christmas Avenue last year with her modern, danceable songs, and cheeky lyrics.

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Romance in Germany – Cologne’s Love Lock Bridge

Author: , October 19th, 2013

Love Lock Bridge - Cologne, GermanyEarlier this week I quickly visited Cologne for a travel project. I was hired to share some photos to the @YouthHotspotsGermany Instagram account, and I was able to take some time to research Cologne’s major tourist attractions. Sightseeing in Cologne was pretty much what I expected: there aren’t many sites, but wandering around the city lost provided plenty of opportunities to discover cool things to do.

From the travel planning I did before my trip (on Pinterest, naturally), I realized there really are only a handful of major tourist attractions. Besides the massive Cologne Cathedral, it seems one of the most recommended places to visit is the city’s Love Lock Bridge: Hohenzollernbruecke. The bridge is easily accessible and I was surprised to find as many love locks as there actually are. Must be millions of them.

Authored By Adam – See the Full Story at Travels of Adam

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