red|guide Tipps: Cologne
EAT in Cologne: Unsicht-Bar
Blind date with lamb. In the restaurant Unsicht-Bar both the food and the guests remain in the dark. Literally! Diners may decide in daylight what they want to order, but by the time it arrives they will be in complete darkness. Here you can't even make out the fork in front of your mouth, meaning guests have to use their remaining senses to a heightened degree which leads to a unique and more intense dining experience. You can choose from lamb, fish, vegetarian and chicken á la carte dishes, all served by a blind waiter, who will shed light on the menu and advise you accordingly. Your surroundings are pitch-black, but the food is a shining light!
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: Atrium Rheinhotel
In hotels furnished with a retro look it's easy to feel like you have been dropped into a 70s science fiction film. That's not the case at Atrium Rheinhotel. Here you can admire the retro theme without being overawed by it. And black and white philosophers will love it here: colours have been banned from the atrium, while the rooms have a purist finish. Yet you can't have everything as the fresh flowers bring a radiant contrast - alas back tulips are not yet available. What one wouldn't expect to find in this designer hotel are the ceiling lamps, which suspiciously look like they're from IKEA. Nevertheless, business travellers and others, who concentrate on the bigger picture, are guaranteed to feel satisfied here. Double room EUR 108 per night.
SEE in Cologne: Pollerwiesenred|guide Cologne
Come in and chill out! For 15 years now Pollerwiesen has been a stop for international DJ lines in dub, club, house, techno and pretty much everything else that goes with electronic party music. There's no shortage of space: the 20,000m² is ample space for up to 10,000 revellers. If you can't tear yourself away then opt for a season ticket. For an investment of 48 euros you can be involved every Sunday. And as the party gets going in the afternoon, you'll still have plenty of time to enjoy the Cologne nightlife and party around the clock.