City Manager Köln

City Manager Köln

Sarah Eisentraut

sarah.eisentraut@mycityhighlight.ch

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.


The fastest option: by taxi. The journey takes about 15 minutes. Cost: about €27.

Cheapest option: With the S-Bahn line S13 to Köln Hauptbahnhof. The S-Bahn runs every 20 minutes. The journey takes about 15 minutes. It costs approximately €2.80.


Police: 110
Ambulance: 112
Taxi: +49 221 28 82 (TaxiRuf)



To explore the whole of Cologne, I recommend a KVB ticket. A single ticket is valid for 90 minutes and costs about €2.90. For 4 or more trips, it’s worth getting a day ticket, which is valid until 3 am the following day. Cost: ca. €8.60 for adults.


- Food specialties of the city: Himmel un Äd (black pudding with mashed potatoes)
- 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


Where to go out:
Ehrenfeld (especially students). This district is where you'll find the Club Live Music Hall, among others, which is listed as a highlight by MyCityHighlight.

Opening times:
22:00, but most locals only go out partying from midnight.


Shopping areas:
City centre, Schildergasse, Hohe Straße. This district is where you'll find the KölnTourismus shop, among others, which is listed as a highlight by MyCityHighlight. You will also find international chains.

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


- 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
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 two main operators are KVB and the „call a bike“ stations of Deutsche Bahn. Both 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. The costs for KVB bikes are 1€ per 30 minutes and for Deutsche Bahn bikes 8 cent per minute or 9 € per day.


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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4.8/5

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4.8/5

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4.5/5

Museum Ludwig

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4.5/5

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4.2/5

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