Just voted the sixth best city in Europe by the readers of Condé Nast magazine, we had to find out what all the fuss was about.
Multicultural Cologne, with it’s one million inhabitants from 180 nationalities is known to be a very welcoming and open-minded city full of great people, art, shops, food and drink.
One of your first stops should be to visit Willy Millowitsch for a selfie (well, with his statue). He was the founder of Millowitsch Theatre and one of Cologne’s most famous citizens who died a few years ago. Willy-Millowitsch-Square is directly connected to Schildergasse, Breitestraße, Ehernstraße which are all the nicest shopping streets.
Also close to Willy is a very typical Brew house “Bieresel”, serving the freshest mussels to locals from September to the end of February. The exclusive shopping hotspot is Apropos Concept Store - enjoy a glass of champagne and being seen at their bar.
Not far from there is the Belgian Quarter, one of the nicest areas with apartments to swoon over and the wonderful shop: Boutique Belgique, owned by blogger and influencer Lena Terlutter. Around the corner, at Aachener Straße you will find a lot of great restaurants and the best ice cream at Salon Schmitz.
The district of Mühlheim is home to many Turks and the best Turkish restaurant is located at Keupstraße called Kervansaray. Ehrenfeld is the alternative, hipster district. The first “Veedelskrämer Unverpackt” shop opened there - 100% plastic free without any packaging.
The Wine Festival on the Rhine
From 19th to 23rd June and 22nd to 25th August 2019, in the stylish area of the Rheinauhafen - not far from the art'otel cologne - is Weinfest am Rhein. Taking the people of Cologne and visitors from all over the world on a journey of discovery through an exquisite selection of German and European wine-growing areas and wineries.
Directly on the banks of the Rhine, visitors can enjoy a great glass sitting in one of the wine cabanas in a relaxed Mediterranean marketplace atmosphere while treating themselves to the small freshly prepared food delicacies to compliment the wines.
Exclusive wine tasting sessions complete the programme and promise many enjoyable hours soaking up the ambiance of the Rhine, and the wine!