Cologne ~ the little lioness

Cologne

Cologne/Köln

After a train trip along the Rhine, I arrived in a drizzly Cologne, for the first time having to find my own way to the hotel without Rish’s help :) Fortunately, Cologne is extremely well signposted for tourists, and I knew I had to get to Neumarkt and Rudolfplatz to find Hotel Flandrischer Hof, which I’d booked for 105 Euro for 3 nights through bahn.de

Cologne Köln

Cologne/Köln
Gummi on the pillow each morning won me over – you can buy these at Aldi here!

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My single room

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Basic bathroom

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“View”

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Plate collection in the stairwells. There was a lift, but it went to the half floor, which was strange…

And of course, the breakfast buffet… Plenty of meats and cheese and bread, but I went bread and muesli. And discovered the awesomeness of lemon in tea.

Cologne/Köln

Cologne/Köln
I ditched my baggage and wandered back into the town centre… not to be missed if of course the ‘Dom’ or cathedral. I have too many photos of this!

Cologne/Köln

Cologne/Köln
Rudolfplatz is the Gay area, with plenty of pride flags to be seen

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Hauptbahnhof

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Main Rail Bridge

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I thought it was really silly to have this area where there was a public square over the Philharmonic Hall, but you couldn’t walk on it because it wasn’t built right!

(It was about the time of seeing this I started to feel ill and queasy. I got to know the public toilets of Cologne with a bout of food poisoning, though it sucked to have to pay each time! /TMI!)

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Cool little garden

Cologne/Köln
Christ

GAGA
You mean I can buy Lady Gaga clothes?

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Cool bugs in a clothing store display.

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Hetero and Gay Films!

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More World Cup baked goods from Kamps

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Just got a salad bar plate from a steak place for dinner.

WM fevel
Soccer shoes. Germany, you are OBSESSED

WM fevel
And bag and German flag shoes!

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aww. Love notes

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Pigeon heaven

Pretzelf ro my broked tummy
Pretzel for my haggard stomach

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Statue

Crossed over the river…

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Cologne

Then I crossed back over the Train Bridge. It seems it’s covered in padlocks! A tradition that hasn’t taken off in Australia…

The Locks

The Locks

The Locks

The Locks
Some were more hardcore than others!

I think I spent an hour crossing that bridge… Then I thought I might wander up the Dom tower… at the bargain student price of 1 Euro. Always carry a student card in Europe. The Germans don’t seem to care if you’re full time or what when it comes to museums…

Dom

At least I thought it was a bargain until my legs got wobbly on the way up!

Dom
Germans and their graffiti

Dom
Worn steps

Dom

Dom
AWESOME view over Cologne

Dom
Back down on ground level

Dom
Most buskers

Jesus Blaw Blaw Blaw
Jesus. Blaw blaw blaw

Trilingual Bible!
Speaking a Jesus, the hotel has the bible in 3 languages!

Piggie
Menu Pig

Love the flood level tower
Water level tower. There are regular floods.

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There are also giant dogs in Cologne, which is why us little humans should pick up after them

I then went to the Chocolate Museum, and even though I shouldn’t eat chocolate, I did. Yet, it was bad for me, but it was GOOD :p

Lindt Chocolate Museum Cologne Köln
Blurry warm chocolate

Lindt Chocolate Museum Cologne Köln

Lindt Chocolate Museum Cologne Köln
I think this elephant was my mother’s highlight of looking at my pics!

Lindt Chocolate Museum Cologne Köln
Anyone else want a tap like that?

Lindt Chocolate Museum Cologne Köln
Old German chocolate mascot.

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Cologne/Köln
I’m not sure why there were Blue Sheep out the front of the chocolate museum. Where is the Green sheep?

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Australian Cocoa Farm Chocolate for sale in the shop.

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World cup outer case. Of course

Did I eat that?
Yes, I had this hot chocolate. It was divine. Yes, I suffered later for it. But IT WAS WORTH IT, dammit. Besides, my guts were still screwed over by the bug going through… might as well make it worse ;)

Then, I felt that I must walk off the awesomeness just consumed… and wound up in a sculpture park! (I dodged traffic to cross the road to it after seeing it… oops?)

Sculpture Garden Cologne Köln

Sculpture Garden Cologne Köln
Pop culture?

Sculpture Garden Cologne Köln
Car Crash

Sculpture Garden Cologne Köln
Someone sketching the car crash

My wanderings then took me back to the Roman museum… which I was ummiing and ahhing about going in, but then looked at the student price and thought “Why not?”…

Cologne Köln

Cologne Köln

I know there were things in here that were only uncovered quite recently, only after the city was bombed to bits by the Allies ;)

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I find it impressive that so much of this survived all those years!

Okay how cute is this?

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That evening I met up with friends who were living in Bonn at the time for dinner…

Lavender
A little overwhelmed!

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Additions

Cologne Köln
Yes, I had a hamburger at a Mexican place. I don’t think I ended up eating a Hamburger in Hamburg… stay tuned!

Called it an early night and I wasn’t feeling great and neither was one of my friends…

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NZ where are you?
I had assumed these were for the world cup teams, but there were extras, and NO NEW ZEALAND!

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Before I knew it, I was back on a train and on my way to Hamburg!

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  1. August 3, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Very cool :):)

  2. August 3, 2010 at 8:07 am

    My oh my – what a great collection of photos! I love that first one – stunning!

  3. August 3, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I love looking through these epic travel posts of yours – simultaneously feel envious and happy ;) The elephant is pretty cool!

  4. August 3, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I love reliving it, Hannah!

  5. jess
    August 4, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    those gummi bears are amazing

  6. August 5, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I love those gummi bears! I used to only be able to get them on trips to Asia but now I raid Aldi regularly for them =D

  7. Kelkel
    August 6, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    rofl. Green sheep. I bought that for my niece. Love it.

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