Cologne

Last weekend, we took a day trip to Cologne to visit a friend. Naturally, the first thing you do after exiting the train station is go to the cathedral.

We couldn’t get in to really see the interior of the cathedral, because it was Sunday, also known as church day, so we decided to climb the tower. Pay 3 euros, they said. It will be easy, they said.

Well, no one really said it would be easy. They also didn’t say that it would be ridiculously hard, and not for the weak or elderly, with nowhere to rest as you’re on your way. Lots of vertigo and lots of sweat. Sherbet and Sparkles describes a similar recent visit.

But hey – nice view.

Of course, we also walked along the lock bridge, where lovers engrave their names on locks and throw the key into the river. Does not sound like the kindest metaphor for being in a relationship, but people seem to dig it:

                      

And, because people seem to like food photos, here is some food that we ate. When in Köln, you are meant to order Kölsch, the local beer.

        

The Cologne accent is slightly different than what we are used to. We were assured that people in Cologne are very nice, compared to some other places in Germany (where certain people….who have blogs about being Hausfraus in Germany…might live….). Everyone did seem relatively friendly…but we couldn’t understand a word that they said. “Bitte” becomes “Bitt-ay” and confused looks ensue.

It’s only a little over 2 hours away from us, so hopefully we will be back someday to explore more of the city.

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7 responses to “Cologne

  1. Hi there,
    Some people might even go to Früh’s before they visit the cathedral! 😉 Glad you enjoyed the trip, and your Kölsch. Btw, the food in the pictures doesn’t look quite like the typical fare you get in Cologne. Have you tried a “Halven Hahn”? Most foreigners believe they’ll get (half a) chicken, as “Hahn” normally means a rooster, but in fact it’s a rye breadroll with cheese, it’s also known, in the local dialect, as “Röggelcher met Kies”. If you haven’t tried it yet, maybe on your next visit. It goes very well with Kölsch as a light snack. Another typical dish would be “Himmel un Ääd” [literally “heaven and earth”], a dish of mashed potatoes and mashed apples, which is quite often served with blood sausage [“flöns” in the local dialect]. You can also get it with liver sausage. All of that is not to my liking, btw.
    Something else about the dialect, which, I believe, came up after WWII and the subsequent occupation of Germany by, among others, American soldiers. The native Cologne people used to call people who didn’t know the word “flöns” an “Ami” – short for “American”. “Ene Ami” simply was a foreigner/stranger, and that could even be a German not from Cologne. Like the Bavarians call everybody not from there a “Preiß” [Prussian], even if he/she is a Chinese, btw.
    Take care, and enjoy Germany,
    Pit
    P.S.: As I’ll be in Germany [Bonn] soon, I’ll definitely eat at the places again that serve local food. Am really looking forward to it.
    P.P.S.: Two more tips for Cologne. One is the chololate museum [yummy] and one is the former headquarters of the “GeStaPo”, the Nazis’ secret police. The latter is very impressive, to my mind, especially the cells in the basement, where the prisoners were kept.

    • I haven’t had a chance to eat anything typical of the region – it’s always been just grabbing a bite wherever something is available. I could definitely go for the apples and potatoes, but no need for the blood sausage, thanks 🙂 I’d like to visit those museums eventually, too. So much to do in just one town!

  2. Of course you’d go to the Cathedral first – I was amazed that, as soon as we walked out of the train statin, there it was! I went a few years ago for the second time during Karnaval. You should definitely try and go then, it’s so much fun!!

    • We promised ourselves that we were going to limit our traveling from here on out…but I’m such a sucker for the Christmas markets…I imagine we’ll be back in Cologne in the coming months 🙂

      • Oh yes. We’re moving again, but we want to slow down too and just enjoy our new city. Not sure how long that will last. 😉 Maybe a few weeks.

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