Cologne travel guide

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You're Going to Love Cologne

2,000 years of history live in Cologne, from the skyline still dominated by the High Gothic twin spires of the Cologne Cathedral to the sleek post-modern architecture of its rejuvenated waterfront.

Kölsch is a local type of beer, and it's also a word that is used to describe the carefree way of life of the city; it's a place with an upbeat, fun-loving spirit. When you drink kölsch at a local beer hall or tavern, the waiters will keep serving you until you cover the top of your glass with your coaster.

Carnival season is often called the "fifth season" in Cologne, and it begins on November 11 at 11:11 am, resuming after a Christmas break and peaking with Rose Monday, two days before Ash Wednesday, with a parade.

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When to Visit Cologne

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There is pleasant weather in Cologne from early spring through late fall, with some humidity in the summer months. The fall offers the best bargains for tourists. Carnival season, which begins in November, and the many Christmas markets, draw tourists during the off season.

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Where to Stay in Cologne

The mid-priced Conti Hotel offers clean, comfortable rooms in a friendly, family-run atmosphere. The Hopper Hotel Et Cetera in Cologne is housed in a former monastery that was built in 1893, while the Hyatt Regency Cologne overlooks the iconic cathedral, with spacious modern rooms and upscale amenities.

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Shopping Streets

From the Cathedral, Hohe Straße takes you into Schildergasse, and along that stretch you'll find major retailers along with souvenir shops and small boutiques. Breite Straße is another street lined with both chains and small businesses. For hip clothing stores and boutiques, you'll want to head to Ehrenstraße or Venloer Straße in the Belgian Quarter.

Groceries and Other

Supermarket chains in Cologne include Rewe, an all-purpose market with a good selection and convenient locations throughout the city, and Kaisers, a national chain. Standa Markt is more expensive, but features a nice deli section. A gallon of milk costs about EUR2.50, and a dozen eggs an average of EUR1.65.

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Where to Eat in Cologne

For authentic German cuisine, look to Bei Oma Kleinmann - named after the woman who ran the kitchen until age 95 - for delicious schnitzel and other dishes from EUR13. Sorgenfrei combines a casual vibe with fine-dining perfectionism in the Belgian Quarter, with a four-course dinner menu that starts at EUR35 per person. With an artistic dining room decor, Hanse Stube offers fine dining with a menu that changes daily, with portions starting at about EUR45. While the culinary offerings include the finest of upscale fare, you may just have your best meal at a pub, including specialties like sausage, potato fritters, or pork knuckle.