Cologne was a surprisingly wonderful weekend getaway


Cathedral, beer, and wursts – this was all that came up to my mind when I was thinking of Cologne. It turned out that I knew nothing about this city. Having a friend from Cologne was a huge advantage. We ate raw meat (I know, I know...), drank local beer, saw parts of the nightlife and felt the atmosphere of this German city for just 3 days. Once we arrived, it all began... 



We first visited the cathedral of course. It was a huge and massive building standing high above our heads, and neither a camera nor a phone was able to catch it whole. Its construction has lasted for centuries, and until 1884 it was the highest building in the world. During the WW II, the whole city was destroyed, but the cathedral remained untouched. It served as a reference point for the Russian aeroplanes. We wanted to climb the tower of the cathedral, but it turned out it was open only until 4 p.m., so we did it on the next day.


In the evening we took a stroll around the shopping streets, bought pretzels and took night photos of the city.



On the next day, we climbed the stairs that were more than 500 to the top of the cathedral. It was tiring, but in the end, we saw it was worth the effort. 



After that, we visited the Old town. The houses there are thin and high because in the past the taxes for them were lower. German pubs in a row on the streets and curry wursts can be found almost everywhere. During our stay in Cologne, we were  drinking the local beer, called Kölsch. It quickly became one of my favourites. 


A couple of interesting facts about Cologne – the city is about 1 million. In the past, there used to be Romans living on the side of Rhine river, and Barbarians on the other side of it. The patron of the city is Saint Ursula, and the eleven tears on the coat of arms of Cologne are hers. Belgian Quarter is the youngster's spot in town with  art shops, bars and clubs. Brauhaus Pütz was the name of the gastropub where I tried minced raw pork on a bread roll called Mett, and very delicious Frikadellen meatballs. I recommend the place for a real German experience. 


We also visited the Chocolate museum that I'll show you in the next post. Have you been to Cologne? What do you think of it? 


Cologne was a surprisingly wonderful weekend getaway Cologne was a surprisingly wonderful weekend getaway Reviewed by Stanislava E. on October 21, 2016 Rating: 5

21 comments:

  1. Wow! That cathedral is huuuge and so beautiful! :) How cool that you have a friend from Cologne! I've never been there. Well, I've never been in Germany (can you believe it?), only at Munich and Frankfurt airports. Cologne looks like so much fun and perfect for a quick weekend trip. Love those colorful houses and the nocturnal view is breathtaking! I'm sure I would enjoy it there :) Raw meat? You are very, very brave girl :D :D Can't wait to see the Chocolate museum ;)
    Enjoy the weekend!

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    1. I believe it. I have only been in Berlin once for a couple of hours, so I was happy to visit Germany again. Haha, I don't think eating raw meat counts as a brave act, but thank you Tijana!

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  2. I think there is always an advantage to visiting someplace new when you have a friend who is local to show you around and give you tips. Cologne looks like a beautiful city. The cobblestoned streets and architecture are so charming. And that cathedral is stunning both inside and out. All those steps you climbed were definitely worth it for that amazing night time view. We were watching Blindspot last night and they had to got to Sofia to rescue someone and I was excited and thought of you :) They showed some nice shots of the city! Thought you'd want to know. Happy weekend dear Sany!

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    1. You are so right, I was really happy to meet my friend in Cologne. Thanks to him I saw things I might have missed. Oh, that's so nice of you, Rowena! I am very happy that you thought of me when you saw some shots of my city:)

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  3. Интересен град. Типична немска култура и архитектура. О

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    1. Много е хубаво. Бих отишла отново.

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  4. Why didn't you stop by in Luxembourg?

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    1. Haha, I was there only for a weekend. Next time :)

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  5. This was such a fantastic travel diary to read, and especially because I'm already such a MASSIVE fan of Cologne! I've been visiting the city every Christmas (early December) with family for the Christmas markets :) This post has made me even more excited to be returning soon! I love your outfit for the trip, this light blue scarf really suits you :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed reading this post, Gabrielle. I am already a fan of Cologne too:)

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  6. Hello Stanislava,
    Looks like you had really old there in Cologne.
    Here in Tunisia it s still summer.25° to 30°.
    But the city is so beautiful, the cathedrals and the monuments are just amazing.
    Thanks for the escape.
    Enjoy your weekend!
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    1. How lucky you are to have temperatures like this! Thank you for your comment, Helena!

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  7. I haven't been to Cologne, or Germany for that matter, but it looks like an amazing city. The cathedral is stunning and you did well to walk all the way to the top! Here's hoping I'll be able to visit one day :) x

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    1. Cologne is very cute city indeed. Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Amazing photos!

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  9. Hello Sany! Never been there but Id like so much, I see u ate and drunk well, that beer inspires me a lot! I dont eat meat but when I was a child I loved wurst, was my fave dish:) Btw, the pics are dreaming and u look stunning, I see u are bright and happy! Happy Sunday Sany, hugs! xo

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    1. The beer was soo delicious, I am sure you'd have enjoyed it:) Yeah, wursts are very delicious. Thank you for your compliments, Lilli!

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  10. You're very lucky to have a friend who can show you around so you can have the best experience during your stay. Any idea why the construction on the cathedral is ongoing for centuries? And I love how adventurous you are in eating the raw pork, I'm not sure I'm able to do it.

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    1. Because it is huge, Shireen, H U G E! Well, not really sure this is the reason... Haha, I don't find eating raw pork acventurous, but it seems it looks like this:)

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  11. Hi Sany! I really love your post from Cologne - I've never visited this city, but I've been in Berlin and in some point Cologne reminds me capital of Germany ;) What's more, I think that I'm not the only person here who is impressed by terrific architecture of cathedral - it was so interesting to get to know that this building surrvived during Second World War. What's more, the curry wurst sounds so delicious, you made me hungry, ha :D
    Have a lovely evening, dear Sany!

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    1. Glad to hear you liked this post, Ivonne! Berlin is kind of different, although I have been there only for a couple of hours 3 years ago.

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