EAT in Cologne:
A mango lassi in the fresh summer air. Feynsinn is a particularly popular meeting point for late risers, especially in the summer months. You can enjoy breakfast here until 4 p.m., and the selection is both broad and international: French croissants, muesli and scrambled eggs with tomatoes and basil are all on the menu. The finest produce organic farming has to offer can be found on the lunch menu, including organic curd cheese and chicken strips. To follow up the happy chickens we recommend schnapps from Jean-Paul Metté and then a pub tour through the student quarter.
Dine in a glass palace. Skulpturenpark is not only a must because of its artwork, but also its trendy lounge. The view is amazing. The food is a delight. Hase Catering is behind the delicacies in the stylish setting. With a panorama view of the park events come accompanied by finger food, Asian treats or healthy dishes low in carbohydrates. Even if you're not on the guest list you should still take in the Parklounge. Claus Föttinger decked out the event location in a cool retro look with his photo collages. And while you're there don't forget to check out the Skulpturenpark, which has some art of its own.
Feldküche's motto rings true: ?We're not Prada - we get by without big gestures'. Feldküche is surprisingly sincere and honest, and lovingly furnished. The difference is made by the wild mix of brick walls and baroque paintings. Duck served on pickled cabbage meets fish and chips, grappa mascarpone meets Tarte Tatin. The kitchen is as open as the heart of chef Edwin Paas, who serves variety on a daily basis and never loses his love of all things culinary. To round off a wonderful meal there's always a glass of ouzo. Certainly worth returning to!
SHOPPING in Cologne:
Only what's underneath is even more organic: Claudia Ladius caresses the body with purely organic materials. Organic hemp, linen and cotton are first certified by the IMO (Institute for Marketecology) before fairly treated workers get underway with production. This is carried out in harmony with nature, and results in the Organic De Luxe Kollektion. Needless to say fair trade practices are respected all the way. Clothes for the compost heap? No way. This brand deserves a Nobel Prize! Moreover the collection is chic and suitable for everyday wear. Shopping with a good conscience - something that you can experience every time you get dressed!
If you go shopping in Cologne, you simply cannot pass 4711 without venturing in. It's said that even Napoleon swore by the Eau de Cologne. But back in his day it was sold as a cure-all for listlessness and tiredness. There are other products for that nowadays, but the Eau de Cologne still does a fine job against strong smells. The 4711 main office in the centre of Cologne is a paradise for souvenir hunters. Here you'll find Kölnisch Wasser for the whole family, as well as authentic Kölnisch Wasser shower gel, soap and nostalgia packages. Even the shop itself gets in on the act, sporting a 4711 fountain at the entrance. Discover the exhibition dedicated to the history of the product on the gallery and the tapestry that depicts Napoleon as a graffiti artist. Curious? Then head to the fragrant delights!
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:
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.
The former Kolpinghaus was once the meeting point for travelling craftsmen. Today it is home to high-quality photography. The basic structure of the building remains, including the original stepped gable and lattice windows. The teak wood and marble-tiled bathrooms are new, as are the introductions of the ensemble theatre in the vaulted cellar and the photography that adorns the walls. Among them are images by August Sander and Ullrich Tillmann, which only go to reinforce the historic ambience in the hotel. Even in the restaurant you'll find creative dishes served with a portion of nostalgia: the historic architecture is reminiscent of the original dining room of the craftsmen lodging. One night in a double room from EUR 175.
Superlatives should be retained. That's exactly what interior architect Andreé Putman had in mind when converting Europe's tallest water tower into a fascinating luxury hotel. Punching a few holes in the walls was not going to suffice. High-quality materials and the somewhat angular floor plan due to the rounded outer wall lend the hotel a comfortable and stylish atmosphere. Add to that W-LAN, a sauna, a limousine transfer service and a touch of art deco and the luxurious final package is complete. A roof-top, Michelin star restaurant crowns the hotel. If you have any further questions the excellent service team will no doubt provide you with the answers. Double room from EUR 175 per night.
SIGHTS in Cologne:
Magenta is the new lavender. The designers made their decision and that's what they got for this concept store. The colour is resplendent at the entrance, it fills the shelves of the shoe salon, adds a special touch to the men's fashion and is splashed across the walls behind the eveningwear. On the topic of colour, the famous red shoes by Christian Louboutin can of course be found here alongside Miu Miu, Prada, Gucci and all of the other usual suspects in the luxury selection. If your head begins to spin take a break in the classy Fischermanns' restaurant. There's even something for art lovers: the store regularly holds vernissages in its venerable hall.
He'd love nothing better than to wander around in his silk bath rope all day long and sell art - this is what gallery owner Coskun Gueven has once said. He probably doesn't wear his silk bath rope all day long, but he does sell art in his gallery Arty Farty. The focus: street art. The monthly altering exhibitions feature young artists' positions which are deeply anchored in urban subcultures. During the last two years Arty Farty has developed into a metropolitan and non-academic art scene. The visitors of the gallery are especially interested in contemporary trends outside the usual art business. You find graffiti and illustrations, sculptures and photography and artists like Swanski, Morcky, Raymond Lemstra, Will Barras, Joska, Sozy One, Beekei, Herr Schulze and Wayne Horse have already presented their works here.
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!