red|guide Tipps: Cologne-Bonn
EAT in Cologne-Bonn: Feynsinn
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.
SHOP in Cologne-Bonn: 4711
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!
STAY in Cologne-Bonn: Water tower
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.
SEE in Cologne-Bonn: Carnival Museum
Get your comedy nose on and get ready for some fun! The largest carnival museum in any German speaking country impresses guests both young and old with carnival floats, puppets and many other carnival facets, from the comical antiques to the less comical National Socialism to the delights of present day. In February the Cologne jesters know no bounds, as that's when carnival is celebrated in earnest. Sounds, images and various objects combine to present visitors with the true feeling and atmosphere of the carnival. The clowning around in Cologne is taken very seriously: 1.5 million viewers follow the Rosenmontagszug on television while 10,500 jesters take part in the procession. So why not get some practice in early: Kölle Alaaf!