red|guide Tipps: Cologne
EAT in Cologne: Fischers Weingenu
Order cola and wine here and you might as well get your coat. Fischers Weingenuss is exclusively for wine aficionados. The ?wine bible' boasts 700 different wines, leaving wine lovers utterly spoilt for choice. Fortunately the menu provides handy hints as to which wine goes with which dish. This way you won't turn red when ordering the Grünen Veltliner from Kemptal to accompany braised knuckle of lamb Carpaccio. If your wine knowledge is somewhat lacking, then why not attend a wine seminar: Christina Fischer is on hand to provide novices and connoisseurs alike with a big glass of passion. After this course you'll never order cola and wine again!
SHOP in Cologne: Zeitgeist Cologne
If you enter Zeitgeist than you can let loose of any ideas that you will leave with an untouched wallet. Many of the design products will spontaneously vault your heart to a higher frequency and let the sweat glands of your palms work hard. The cerebrum shouts: want! For example the iPod docking station in the shape of a bear by Be@rbrick, which women find cute and men cool. Or, who would not want one of the stylish Dom Pérignon Vintage 2000 bottles in Andy Warhol edition stand in his or her shelve? Or travel around with the Pentax Optio NB 1000 and then shine out of the tourist masses with the camera in self-made Lego design? If you live this kind of zeitgeist, you will leave this store as a happy person.
STAY in Cologne: Antik Hotel
Not suitable for basketball players, who will have to fold themselves up at night to fit into one of the 19th century baronial beds. But Antik Hotel Bristol still receives our Golden Nostalgia Ribbon for its furnishings: double rooms featuring Wilhelminian style furniture with walnut root veneer are worth a look. Or perhaps a double room decked out like a Bavarian palace. The theme continues as you exit the hotel: Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring was built to resemble the Wiener Ringstraßen and it is still Cologne's most beautiful grand boulevard. When you're out strolling around be sure not to forget to smile and wave! Or you could just go all the way and rent a horse-drawn carriage. Double room from EUR 92 per night.
SEE in Cologne: Cologne Pridered|guide Cologne
To clear up any misconceptions: no, the athletes neither run in tutus nor do they dress all in pink. The Gay Games are held under the rainbow flag, but absolutely anyone may take part in the marathon, hurdles and freestyle swimming, irrespective of their sexual preference. Since 1991 Christopher Street Day has developed into Cologne's mega event, with hundreds of thousands expected year for year. Aside from the sporting events there are proud podium discussions and speeches on equality. DJs are on hand to get the crowd swinging at the CSD street festival, and there's a special honour for the best float in the CSD parade. Colour your life!