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Cologne in January

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Cologne in January

I will be traveling on business to Cologne next year in January to attend a trade fair. I will be staying for 5 days. Would appreciate suggestions on what to do, places to visit and restaurants to try after the fair closes at 5pm. I am worried that it might be too cold as I am not used to the winter season. Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Cologne in January

try the 'things to do' link in the top green bar to see what appeals - we can't advise without knowing a bit about you & your interests.

Cologne was freezing last January (-7C and howling wind one night when we were there last Jan) - make sure you have a good coat, cloves, hat & scarf.

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2. Re: Cologne in January

What are you afraid of, that you will freeze to death?

The locals survive too, and they aren't eskimo's.....

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Grolland - I think that's a bit harsh - the OP is from a country where the average temp rarely dips below the mid 20's so the prospect of something in single figures (or below) can be very daunting.

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4. Re: Cologne in January

Thank you, thmoore. Indeed the coldest we get here in our part of the country is 22C. I will be sure to dress warmly.

I like visiting parks and museums and I also love shopping for clothes. Can you recommend a good restaurant that serves good German food like schnitzel, sausages and rosti?

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5. Re: Cologne in January

If you like shopping, but don`t want to be out in the cold than you should visit one of these shopping center:

www.cologne.de/shopping/shopping-centres.html

on this page you can furthermore find out what to do in cologne.

Some Restaurants if you get hungry:

Früh am Dom

www.frueh.de/gastronomie/ebene_1.asp…

Holtmanns

holtmanns.com/site/…im_restaurant

Gaffel am Dom

www.gaffelamdom.de

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6. Re: Cologne in January

You might consider warming up in the Claudius Therme.

http://www.claudius-therme.de/en/

It is not far from the fair grounds and especially nice when it's cold outside (you can even swim outside in warm water!)

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7. Re: Cologne in January

Regarding food, I would recommend trying the local brewery houses. You can try local food (though I am not sure you fidn rostis in Cologne, but delicious fried potatoes.

I usually suggest avoiding some. The toruist popular places in the Old Town, like Frueh, Sion or Peters, I just don't think the quality of food is good there (for a Koelsch Frueh is worth a visit though, just to see the inside of it).

For food try either Paeffgen off the Heumarkt, or Malzmuehle opposite of the Maritim Hotel at Heumarkt. Both are very popular with locals as well.

If you like museums, I am sure you won't be bored in Cologne, i.e. the Roman-Germanic museum next to the cathedral. Obviously, do not miss the cathedral. It is a grande building, and is worth some time to walk around. There are some guided tours as well.

You might be lucky that there is a concert in the cathedral during the week. Otherwise, check the Philharmonie if you like classical music.

Regarding the weather, take a scarf, gloves and a warm jacket along. Even in the winteritis nice just to have a stroll in the Old Town along the river Rhine, or cross the Hohenzoller Bruecke.

And Aichberger suggestion is a good idea if it gets too cold...

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8. Re: Cologne in January

Where are you staying? That might be helpful so that people can recommend restaurants super-close to your hotel to minimize the cold walks! As for attractions, the Dom cathedral is open until 7:30 and right next door is the Ludwig museum (it is only open until 6, but is open until 10 the first Thursday of every month -- not sure if you're there then or not).

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9. Re: Cologne in January

Thank you so much for the links and the suggestions! I now have definite ideas on where to go. I will be staying at Sonata Hotel. It is near the Dom and the shopping areas.

Edited: 11:17 am, January 13, 2014
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10. Re: Cologne in January

Thank you so much for the links and suggestions! I now have definite ideas on where to go.

I will be staying at Hotel Sonata and it is near the Dom and the shopping area.

I will surely be prepared for the cold.