City Manager Cologne

City Manager Cologne

Sarah Eisentraut

Good To Know

1. Kölsch beer, which is brewed according to the German Purity Law and is served exclusively in the special Kölsch bars. Traditionally, a Kölsch glass is 0.2l, but beware: the waiters in the breweries, also known as "Köbese", have a somewhat particular manner that can seem unfriendly to tourists. If a glass is empty, a fresh Kölsch is put down. You can only show that you don't want to drink any more by putting a beer mat on the empty glass.

2. The pedestrian zone in Cologne city centre lets you go for a relaxing shop without annoying fumes. Driving is prohibited on Schildergasse and Hohe Strasse, the two main shopping streets.

3. "Halver Hahn" (literally "half a chicken") is a popular snack in the local pubs and breweries. But anyone who thinks they're going to get a juicy chicken is mistaken. In Cologne, "Halve Hahn" refers to a rye roll ("Röggelchen") with butter, a large piece of Gouda, pickles, and mustard. A great snack between meals.

By taxi: Takes about 15 minutes to get to the city center and costs around €27.

Train: S-Bahn line S19 or Regional Train line R6 are taking you directly to Cologne Central Station within 15 minutes and costs €2,70. This is not only the cheapest option to get to the city but also the fastest as traffic is often heavy.

Police in case of emergency: 110 (if you don't have an emergency call +49 221 229 0)
Ambulance: 112
Taxi: +49 221 28 82 (TaxiRuf)
Number to block your credit card if stolen or lost: 116 116

To explore the whole of Cologne, I recommend a KVB ticket. A single ticket is valid for 90 minutes and costs about €3.00. For 3 or more trips, it’s worth getting a day ticket, which is valid until 3 am the following day. Cost: ca. €8.80 for adults.

- Food specialties of the city: Himmel un Äd (black pudding with mashed potatoes), Halve Hahn (rye bread roll with a thick slice of cheese)
- Drink specialties of the city: Kölsch beer
- Typical meal times: lunch: 12-14:00; evening: 18-21:00
- Tipping: 10 per cent, but not mandatory
- Is the tap water safe to drink? Yes, though a bit hard.

- A cup of coffee at a restaurant: €2.50
- A lunch menu at a restaurant: €10
- A ride in a taxi (cost/km): €1.70 per km + €3.50 basic charge

Where to go out:

Ehrenfeld: This district is popular especially for Techno Parties. Here you'll find the Clubs Heinz Gaul and Live Music Hall, among others, which is listed as a highlight by MyCityHighlight.

Zülpicher Straße: This street is full of cool Bars, Pubs and some Clubs. The area is extremely popular with students.

Hohenzollernring (or just "Ringe"): The Area between Rudolfplatz and Friesenplatz offers several Clubs, Bars and Restaurants and is beloved among the younger crowd.

When to go out:
22:00, but most locals only go out partying from midnight.

City centre from Schildergasse to Hohe Straße: Those two streets form the main shopping area of Cologne. Here you'll find mostly international brands.

Ehrenstraße: Close to the main shopping streets Ehrenstraße offers smaller, more expensive shops.

Belgisches Viertel (Belgian District): This area has nice little boutiques and is perfect if you like to stroll around to find unique pieces. Also, there are cute cafés to take a break from shopping.

Opening times:
Usually Mon.-Sat. Open all day (10am - about 8pm), closed on Sunday.

Rewe, Edeka
Discounter: Lidl, Aldi, Penny

- Laws: no open drinks on public transport (€40 fine)
- Going through a red light is prohibited (€5)
- Throwing rubbish on the floor is prohibited (up to €500 fine)

Hello/Good day: Joden Daach
Thank you: Danke
You're welcome: Bitteschön
How are you?: Wie is et?
Goodbye: Tschö

With the help of the filter "With free wireless" you find highlights that offer free wireless.
Alternatively, you can enjoy free WiFi on the largest squares in the city, such as Rathausplatz, Willy-Brandt-Platz, Alter Markt, Heinrich-Böll-Platz, Roncalliplatz, Ottoplatz, Heumarkt.

Renting a bike is pretty easy in Cologne. The main operators are KVB and Ford Bikes. All services can be used 365 days a year. All you need is a single registration. This can be done via App or in case of KVB bikes by calling the hotline or directly with the Bordcomputer, which is integrated in the bike.
You will easily find free bikes around typical tourist spots or transport hubs and you can leave it at any crossroad within the service area.

Cologne offers countless places to get a great breakfast. No matter if you long for a typical hearty Cologne breakfast or cute Cafés which serve delicious Smoothie Bowls and Matcha Latte, I'm sure you'll find your perfect breakfast spot!

My souvenir recommendations

A Kölsch glass from the Dom-Edition

A Kölsch glass from the Dom-Edition

Great Kölsch glass in the cathedral colorful design. A great gift for enjoy a beerr "op Kölsch" at home. Available from Käthe Kruse in the Cologne-Arcades, Kalker main road 55, Cologne.

KölnTourismus-Shop KölnTourismus-Shop , Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1, 50667 Köln, Deutschland

The Cologne-Jute Bag

The Cologne-Jute Bag

Trendy Jute Bag with typical cathedral spiers and the Kölsch Basic Law. Available at Domkloster4, Domkloster 4, Cologne.

Domkloster 4, 50667, Köln

The Umbrella Cologne

The Umbrella Cologne

A beautiful umbrella showing the Cologne skyline - a bit kölsche joy of life even in dull weather. Available from Elke Kruse in the Kalker main road 55, Cologne.

Köln Arcaden Köln Arcaden , Kalker Hauptstraße 55, 51103 Köln, Deutschland

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