Where to stay:
- 4 Points Sheraton: This hotel is right next to the central train station and the dome. It is reasonable priced and the breakfast ist decent.
What to do:
Things to see:
- Cologne Cathedral
Events in Cologne:
Where to eat
There are several notorious local specialties. For example the “Rheinische Sauerbraten” is a very popular dish. Another interesting thing is the “Halve Hahn”, which can be translated as half a rooster. However, this dish does not contain any chicken at all. It is – surprisingly – a cheese sandwich. As for drinks the local specialty is the “koelsch”, which is a beer that comes in very small sizes, but with an automatic refill.
- Kleine Glocke is a nice restaurant with good food that is close to the city center but not one of the mainstream touristic places
What to bring home
- Colongne’s signature beer: Kölsch. Best served in small glasses in a full pub. Seemingly very non-German, these 0.2-liter-shots of beer are part of an intricate social game in the Cologne area. Cologne people are talkative and open, and if you wish to start a conversation with someone on a table next to you, you order a Kölsch for him. He or she ows you a conversation, or, at least, to buy you a Kölsch back. Obviously, based on shot-sized portions, social gaming can last the whole night. Spot the beer-pusher, a waiter called Köbes, who is cruising the pub with a tablet of readily filled Kölsch glasses, just waiting for an opportunity to put a new one in front of you while you’re not paying attention. You never know what kind of obligations will be attached to that glass.