Köln (to be continued)

20th January 2012: Cologne is Germany’s fourth-largest city (after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich), and is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants. The University of Cologne/Universität zu Köln is one of Europe’s oldest universities.
Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River. We visited the city’s famous Cologne Cathedral/Kölner Dom (http://www.koelner-dom.de/index.php?id=19167&L=1), which is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of  Cologne.
Cologne is a major cultural centre of the Rhineland and has a vibrant arts scene. Cologne is home to more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. The famous Roman-Germanic Museum features art and architecture from the city’s distant past. The Museum Ludwig (http://www.museum-ludwig.de/), which we visited, houses one of the most important collections of modern art in Europe, including a Picasso collection matched only by the museums in Barcelona and Paris (as you can see in the picture to the Foto 21.01.12 12 45 51right).  This part about Picasso was also great, the guy was funny and used to dress up as a lot of people, including popeye. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture. The Cologne Trade Fair hosts a number of trade shows such as Art Cologne, imm Cologne International Furniture Fair and the Photokina.

The Schnütgen Museum of religious art is housed in St. Cecilia, one of Cologne’s Twelve Romanesque churches. Several orchestras are active in the city, among them the Gürzenich Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne, both based at the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra Building. Other orchestras are the Musica Antiqua Köln, as well as several choirs, including the WDR Rundfunkchor Köln. Cologne was also an important centre of electronic music in the 1950s (Studio für elektronische MusikKarlheinz Stockhausen) and again from the 90s onward. The public radio and TV station WDR was involved in promoting musical movements such as Krautrock in the 70s; the influential Can was formed there in 1968. There are several centres of nightlife, among them the Kwartier Latäng (the student quarter around the Zülpicher Straße) and the nightclub-studded areas aroundHohenzollernring, Friesenplatz and Rudolfplatz.The large annual literary festival Lit.Cologne features regional and international authors. The main literary figure connected with Cologne is writer Heinrich Böll, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Bratwurst in Köln Cologne is well-known for its beer, called Kölsch. Kölsch is also the name of the local dialect. This has led to the common joke of Kölsch being the only language one can drink. Cologne is also famous for Eau de Cologne (German: Kölnisch Wasser), a perfume created by Italian expatriate Johann Maria Farina at the beginning of the 18th century. During the 18th century this perfume became increasingly popular, was exported all over Europe by the Farina family and Farina became a household name for Eau de Cologne. Today, original Eau de Cologne is still produced in Cologne by both the Farina family, currently in the eighth generation, and by Mäurer and Wirtz who bought  the 4711 brand in 2006.

Padlocks on Köln's bridge

During our travel we ate at an italian restaurant (but I don’t remember the name) and also ate Berliner and Bratwurst on the street.

*Where we stayed: Pathpoint Cologne

Website: http://pathpoint-cologne.jugendherberge.de/Portraet

11th November 2013: http://www.cologne.de/events/cologne-carnival 

In 2013 I was doing a volunteer job in Bonn, so I had the chance to go to Köln and experience the german carnival.



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