16 May 2012

Cologne Travel Guide


Travel:

Eurostar/Thalys from St Pancras changing at Brussels


Standard Premier has a meal and drinks included, on both trains
timetables for the two trains tend to coincide well, but allow 30 minutes to change platforms, and possible security checks



Hotel:

Hilton
Marzellenstrasse 13-17


very close to Hauptbahnhof, but not a busy or seedy area at all
good customer service, clean and modern, small gym, good breakfast
Hilton Honors members get free snacks from a special cupboard at reception!




Tourist Card:

Tourist Information Centre
Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1
http://www.cologne-tourism.com/

24, 48 or 72 hour
free transport, some discounts in museums



Food:

Café Eigel
Bruckenstrasse
Fantastic variety of cakes to go with coffee or chocolate

China Restaurant Tchang
Grosse Sandkaul
The oldest Chinese restaurant in Cologne, dating from 1954, in central shopping district south of the Cathedral

Via Bene
Benesisstrasse 60-62
Homely Italian restaurant in Western bar/clubbing district, down a side street

Vapiano

An der Rechtschule 3
http://de.vapiano.com/de/nc/restaurants/detail/restaurant-details/-ecd4aaf416/
Italian cuisine, cooked fresh in front of you




Boat Trip:

There are two main boat companies running trips from below the railway bridge east of the Cathedral.

KölnTourist Personenschiffahrt http://www.koelntourist.net/
They run 5 trips a day May to September, and in winter on Saturdays and Sundays.
Buy tickets just north of the bridge, by the Musical Dome on the riverside, or at the KölnTourismus 
€10 with commentary in English.

KD Deutsche Rheinschiffahrt https://www.k-d.com/en/cruises/panorama-round-trip-cologne/

They run 6 trips a day May to September, and in winter on Saturdays and Sundays.
Buy tickets south of the bridge, in the Rheingarten, or at the KölnTourismus 
€10 with commentary in English.



Sightseeing:

Cathedral
in the square next to the Hauptbahnhof
the Tower and Treasury are worth the extra money, with the latter set amongst the foundations of the Roman walls

Museum Ludwig
Hein­rich-Böll-Platz
international modern art with fantastic exhibitions and permanent collection
ticket reductions if you have a Thalys ticket

Wallraf Richartz Museum
Obenmarspforten
700 years of European painting well-presented in modern but monolithic block

Köln Sculpture Park
Rielerstrasse
vast park North of the Cathedral with very modern art, something for everyone and great for families

Chocolate Museum
Holzmarkt
http://www.schokoladenmuseum.de/en/
In the shape of a metal ship, this landmark easily visible from the boat trips has exhibitions on chocolate production, and a great gift shop. Behind it stands the Sports Museum, also recommended.
http://www.sportmuseum.de/

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