Cologne's Oldtown, Memorials and the Gürzenich
The old town of Cologne is characterised by its quaint and innumerable small pubs, because it is here that the Cologne way of life can be really perceived. Enjoy our specialities, such as a freshly cut Kölsch and a "Halven Hahn".
Stroll along the Rhine in a relaxed stroll and marvel at the beautiful view of the Hohenzollern Bridge. It has become a tradition as a couple of Cologne lovers to place a castle with engraved names and anniversary here and throw the key into the Rhine - a sign of unending love. There are also equestrian monuments on the Hohenzollern Bridge. On the left bank of the Rhine from the German Emperor Frederick III. and on the right bank of the Rhine from the last emperor Germany Wilhelm II. Another equestrian monument stands on the Heumarkt and is king of Prussia Wilhelm III. dedicated.
The two marketplaces in Cologne (Heumarkt and Alter Markt) were formerly and are still the scene for the bustle of the city. Here you can sit down and enjoy the city in countless restaurants, pubs and cafés.
On the Alter Markt you will also find the historical town hall of Kön and turn left into the Gürzenich, a late Gothic building which is today a popular venue for events.
Keep your eyes open in the old town, because you never know what you will discover. For example, the "Heinzelmännchenbrunnen", whose legend says that little males do the work of lazy people at night.
You can reach the Old Town from our house within 20 minutes by subway line 1. Just get off at the Heumarkt and go on a discovery tour.
Eau de Cologne
A history that goes back to the 18th century and even today Cologne is also known for its own fragrance. In 1708, an Italian wanted to show the people of Cologne how it smells in their homeland and created a perfume that is now known worldwide - the Eau de Cologne. Because of its popularity, two companies dedicated themselves to perfume and you can visit their houses today. Please note, however, that you are only allowed to visit the museums in connection with a guided tour.
Fragrance house 4711
Every Saturday from 1 pm to 2 pm (guided tour only in German)
Glockengasse 4,50667 Cologne, www.4711.com
Fragrance Museum in the Farina House
Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 19.00 hrs, Sunday 11.00 - 17.00 o'clock, daily guided tours
Obenmarspforten 21,50667 Cologne, www.farina.org