Saturday, 20 June 2015

Cologne the Third

A few weeks ago me and 2 friends took advantage of Belgian train tickets being cheap, and we headed off to Cologne, in Germany. I had already been twice, once with an exchange and once on holiday, so it was a great opportunity to show my friends around. I think the fact that I work with kids has affected my tourist habits, because I have barely any pictures with me or the people I'm with in them, but nonetheless you can get a bit of a feel for the place.

Blast from the past, me in an art gallery in Cologne three years ago (I'm on the left...):

For anyone thinking of visiting Germany, I would suggest a SchönerTagTicket, which for example let us have unlimited train travel around the region of Nordrhein-Westfalen for the day. If you are a group of 5, it costs 8 Euros each, so even one journey can make the ticket worth it.

If you are visiting Cologne in particular, I would recommend two things - take the free walking tour (something I have been doing in nearly every city I've been to, which has been a great way to see everything), and go up the spire of the cathedral, which is simply colossal. It only costs a few Euros, and the view is breathtaking. My fear of heights were somewhat inhibitive, but it was time I got over that anyway!

My diminishing German skills (or rapidly improving French skills making my German seem bad?) are not a problem, as lots of people can speak English in Germany, no problem. I have missed this!! French-speaking Belgium offers approximately zero opportunities to be understood in English, even in reasonably touristy places.

I had forgotten how much cooler than Belgium Germany is. Getting back in the mood to study German at university :-)

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