The Carnival is the best time to visit Cologne. Then all the museums and galleries were closed. The city indulges in colorful parades, masked dances, fun and craziness. The German Sports Museum, Chocolate Museum are just some of the visited sites in the city. Still, it’s best to start from the old town (Rheinauhafen). This part of the city is enriched with three commercial and residential buildings that are reminiscent of large cranes. During the re-urbanization of the port, the architects wanted to remind them of the past of the city, which was a major and important transport port in Germany.
Cologne was once a dangerous medieval wall. There is now the Kölner Ringe, the largest and busiest promenade in the city. It divides the old part of the city from the new. There are still walls on Hansaring and Sachsenring. The former 12 medieval gates have been preserved: Eigelstaintorburg on Ebertplatz, Hahnentorburg on Rudolfplatz and Severinstorburg on Chlodwigplatz.
The City Hall is the most famous building where the remains of the medieval past can be seen. Now the town hall is a blend of various architectural styles as it has expanded and expanded over time. It houses the mayor and part of the city government. Gothic Cathedral dedicated to St. Peter and the Blessed Virgin Mary is the most important landmark and symbol of the city. The two tall towers rise 157 meters where the north tower is 7 inches higher than the southern one. The construction lasted more than 600 years.
Inside the cathedral is the Shrine of the Three Kings (a gold work) that allegedly houses relics (mortal remains) of Gashpar, Melkior and Balthazar. The exterior is rich in detail. The interior of the cathedral is mesmerizing in size, sculptures and paintings. The stained glass window is made of 11 263 glass triangles in 80 different colors. The work of Gerhard Richter. It was set up in 2007. If you want to climb the lookout at the south tower you have to go over 500 steps. In front of the cathedral is a square where street musicians, various performers, tourists gather. One of the popular tours of the city is the “Twelve Romanesque Churches” an excellent example of medieval church construction. Although severely damaged in World War II, the churches have now been completely rebuilt.
It’s worth a visit to the Riverfront Chocolate Museum at the end of the old town. Here you can find out all about the creation of chocolate and its 3000 year old history. Architecture lovers should visit the Columbus Museum – a work of art.The building was designed by renowned Swiss architect Peter Zumhtor.1853 The Museum was founded by the Christian Art Society. Since 1898 the Museum has been run by the Archdiocese of Cologne. There is a Carnival Museum in Cologne because carnival is one of the longest traditions in the city.
The Ludwig Museum has been dedicated to modern art since the beginning of the 20th century. The Wallraf-Richartz Museum contains works of art by Rubens, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Cezanne. The Roman-German Museum gives an account of the history of the Roman along the Rhine.
The people of Cologne are referred to as the “Carnival Age” of the Carnival. Active participants, carnival board, troupes and dancers prepare for the carnival throughout the year. From New Year’s Eve to Clean Wednesday, events are organized. People dress up for them, cheerfully and humorously portray themselves and the world. Carnival participants make their costumes by hand, bringing in a lot of imagination. The most famous handmade costume shop is Festartikel Schmitt (Johannisstr 67). The carnival officially begins on November 11 at 11 hours and 11 minutes. The so-called crazy days.
The highlight is the Rosenmontag (the crazier the better). Crazy Week lasts until Clean Wednesday when Lent begins. Famous shopping streets in the city are: Hohe Strase, Schildergrasse, Breite Strase. If you want to buy the famous cologne (invented by Giovanni Maria Farina), stop by at Farina House (Odenmarspforten 21) or 4711 (Glockengasse).
The city of Cologne is the media capital of Germany. You can see several recording teams here in no time. More than a third of German TV programs are recorded in Cologne. Media and communications are among the most important branches of the economy because of the large number of production stations, radio stations and advertising agencies.
Pubs (Brauhaus) are special places to relax. Kölschom is a traditional Cologne beer. Potable and strong beer. It is served in a glass of high throat (Stangen) to evaporate more slowly. That is why it is termed as a dialect spoken in Cologne. Kölsch is said to be a drinkable language. The city of Cologne is an extremely interesting and historically rich place that is definitely worth a visit.