A February 2005 trip
to Cologne by Funky Monkey
Quote: A guide to Cologne, and things to do in the surrounding area.
I was staying in the "Gästehaus", which is an extra building with 17 more rooms, about 200 yards down the street. There is no restaurant in the Gästehaus, so you have to walk over to the main hotel to eat. The food in the restaurant is nothing special (fish/chicken and chips, spaghetti Bolognese), but it is really good for what it is.
The beds are comfortable, but the pillows are a little bit too big lengthwise and too thin. Aside from all this, the Hotel Bonprix is basically a hotel for school trips and businessmen, but it suits these two purposes perfectly.
www.hotel-bonprix.de (in German)
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 19, 2005
Hamburger Strasse 18
Attraction | "The Imhoff Stollwerck Chocolate Museum"
The museum also has a cafe where you can have a drink, watch the river go by, and eat chocolate.
The chocolate museum is a great place to go if you have kids or if you just love chocolate.
www.schokoladenmuseum.de (in German)
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 19, 2005
Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum/Imhoff Chocolate Museum
Am Schokoladenmuseum 1A
Cologne, Germany 50678
Attraction | "Deutsches Sport und Olympia Museum"
On my study trip, the museum was meant to be a nice little time-filler, but it was so good that we ended up spending the whole afternoon there.
www.sportmuseum-koeln.de (in German)
Deutsches Sport & Olympia Museum
Im Zollhafen 1
Cologne, Germany 50678
The ice rink doesn't get particularly busy, especially midweek, so there isn't much chance of colliding into everyone, making this a perfect place for family recreational skating.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 20, 2005
The best thing to do in the museum is to get a guided tour around the museum. This is ideal for groups, as everyone in the group gets given a radio headset, which means that you can still hear the guide's commentary even if you are at the back of the group.
When my school group was told that we were going to a Museum of History, everyone groaned with anticipated boredom, but we were all pleasantly suprised by the museum's ability to show so many facts in such an interesting and informative way.
I would recommend this museum to anyone who is interested in the Cold War, the history of Germany, or just modern history, and particularly to people who remember the Berlin Wall.
www.hdg.de (you'll need to click on the flag at the bottom left hand corner of the page to see it in English)
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 20, 2005
Haus der Geschichte
A truly amazing experience, the cathedral is a must-see for anyone visiting Cologne or the local area.
Centre of Cologne
Welwyn Garden City, United Kingdom