Updated: Sep 30, 2020
Last week myself and Brian jetted off to Köln (Cologne), in the west of Germany, for a couple of days. The main reason we chose there was because the flights were really good value for last minute, €100 return, and I do love Germany so it was win win. I like to think I’m familiar with the country, I’ve been visiting on and off since I was 16, so I was expecting lots of post war architecture, industrial vibes and the general punkness of cities like Berlin. But what welcomed us could not have been further from that! I felt like we’d accidentally flown into central Spain and that Ryanair had some explaining to do!
We flew to Köln Bonn Airport, the flight time from Dublin was just under two hours. Getting to the city was no trouble at all, we took the next train from the station inside the airport (€2.80 for a ticket to Köln HBF, travel time 15-20 minutes). When we stepped out of the station, the first thing that greeted us was the gigantic gothic Cathedral in all its glory. Kölner Dom is one of the largest of its kind in the world and towers over the streets surrounding it, it’s dark and has a powerful gothic presence. After a while, standing there with our mouths open in awe, we went in search of our accommodation for the night, and we didn’t have to go very far. We split this trip between two locations, which was convenient in one way because the city seems to be split into two main areas and we got to stay in the heart of both. But it was a bit annoying having to check out after one night and drag bags from one side of the city to the other. But you live and you learn.
The next day we checked out bright and early. We walked through the huge shopping district looking for somewhere to eat and ended up at a delicious little bakery stand out the front of Backerei Merzenich. The shopping area is perfect for anyone looking to do a weekend shopping trip, it has every store you can think of, and then some!
When we reached the city centre again we decided to stop for a drink in a cool place called Servus Colonia Alpine – a gorgeous Alpine themed pub where the staff wear traditional German outfits, but not in a gaudy way, they actually looked really authentic. They serve beer from German beer mugs – the largest one on the menu was 1 Litre!!! We had walked ourselves into the ground that day, almost 17KM, and I’d had a mini heart attack in the cable car – so a pit stop was well deserved at that stage!
Written with love,