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Lovely peoples, I have a query and I need help.

Lots of you know I'm going to Germany soon but I'm not sure where to stay or what to do. I'll be spending some time in the Cologne and Bonn areas and have currently found 3 youth hostels around there. So I'm not sure whether I want to stay in Cologne or Bonn, or even spend a couple of days in both (the price is the same).

Where should I stay?

A couple of days in both

However, to make it more interesting, there are two places I've found in Cologne, and I don't know which is better or not etc. Obviously I've not contacted any of the places yet to see if they have spaces, so ultimately this will decide, but for now, I need help.

The hostels in question (including the Bonn one) are:

Sooo, if you think I should go to Cologne, which one should I contact first?

Where should I stay in Cologne


Any thoughts and opinions on this will be gratefully welcomed!

On a side issue, mr_picard I'll do a new entry for other things, but I'll have to do it when back from work this evening if that's ok :)


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May. 18th, 2009 03:15 pm (UTC)
Ayes, things be here :) Not fantastically interesting really, but helpful to me!

I think I'm graduating towards staying in Cologne (just trying to work out which hostel, which was where this whole thing initially started off in my head!) but in all fairness I should at least take a trip to Bonn, even if it's just a day trip. That way I can say I've been there etc.
May. 19th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Ehrlich? Ich finde Bonn viel, viel sehenswerter. In Köln gibt es den Dom, das Schokomuseum (das auch noch langweilig ist) und mehr fällt mir schon gar nicht mehr ein. Dabei hab ich sowohl in Bonn als auch in Köln gelebt.
So als nicht Einheimischer: was ist denn in Köln noch sehenswert? Ich strauchel jedes Mal wenn Besuch da ist und weiß nicht, was ich denen zeigen soll. *g* Manchmal ist man ja blind für Dinge, wenn man dort wohnt.
Bonn hingegen hat eine wunderschöne Innenstadt, sehenswerte Kirchen, tolle Museen, die Rheinauen...
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May. 19th, 2009 06:10 pm (UTC)
Köln, die Hauptstadt der Schwulen. Klar, Köln ist wirklich was ganz besonderes und die Leute sind anders. Keine Frage, aber ich wüsste wirklich nicht, was man da 3 Tage machen soll, wenn man als Tourist in die Stadt kommt. Bei 2 Tagen müsste ich schon überlegen :S
Das Schokimuseum fand ich bis auf die Station mit der kostenlosen Schoki auch eher lahm... *hust*
Die Hohe Straße ist immer total überfüllt, was mich immer etwas nervt... und die Läden ebenso. Aber das ist vermutlich Geschmackssache. Die Altstadt ist definitiv in Bonn sehenswerter, dagegen ist Köln ein Weisenkind. :D

Du hast von Bonn aber auch wirklich nicht die guten Seiten erlebt, das geb ich zu. Okay, ich bin dort geboren, von klein auf immer dort gewesen, habe dort gelebt und fahr heute noch zum Shoppen dahin (gleichen Geschäfte wie Köln, aber Parken ist finanzierbar und es ist nicht überfüllt). Selbst als ich in Köln gelebt und gearbeitet habe :S

Ich finde es aber echt interessant, dass Köln den besseren Ruf hat, bei nicht Rheinländern. Klar, ich finde bei beiden Städten tolle Sachen und ich schwärme heute noch aus Prinzip von meiner Zeit in Köln (wohne jetzt wieder in der Nähe von Bonn). Aber das waren halt auch die Menschen dort, die netten Abende in Kneipen etc.
Ich sollte mir wirklich mal einen Köln Reiseführer zulegen!
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May. 19th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Also brauch ich wirklich mal nen Reiseführer *g*

LOL das sind Rheinländer. In Köln allerdings sehr ausgeprägt. Lange den Mund halten können wir alle nicht. :D Aber das ist ja über Rheinländer eher bekannt...schüchtern und still liegt uns nicht.

Was so Lehrer angeht. Ich wollte meiner 4. Klasse einen Gefallen tun und bin mit denen ins Kino. Die Wilden Hühner. Dieser verflixte Film ging die ganze Zeit nur ums erste Mal, die erste Liebe und eine ungewollte Schwangerschaft.
War natürlich nicht so ganz der Renner. Hätte mir also mit dem Rotlichtviertel und den Kneipen durchaus auch passieren können :S
May. 18th, 2009 12:03 pm (UTC)
I'd stay in Cologne. I've only been to both on daytrips (not overnight, since my granny only lives like half an hour away from Cologne) and I liked Cologne way better, lots of things to see and always something going on.
May. 18th, 2009 03:16 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking Cologne too, but as I'm in the area, and the airport is Cologne-Bonn, I should give Bonn a chance, so maybe a day trip there.
If you fancy going to see your granny in the time that I'm there, let me know :)
May. 18th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
It's the time around the German GP, right? Sorry I cant, I have my exams then (thats also why I'm going to Spa and not the German GP) but should something change I will totally tell you!
May. 18th, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
Well... I'm there for the German GP then I head off towards Karlsruhe for about a week then I'm heading back up to Cologne for a week so it's all a bit higgledy piggledy at the moment. I remember you said you had exams around then, but I wasn't sure when.
May. 19th, 2009 05:57 pm (UTC)
I know both cities very well and personally I love Bonn way more than Cologne. Its way prettier and there are way more things to do. Cologne just has the cathedral and a chocolate museum (which is very lame). That is all I can think of at least.
Bonn on the other side has a very pretty innercity, there are many very interesting museums, we have a lovely park right at the rhineriver, from there you can have daytrips to the Sibengebirge (Drachenfels), you can go to an amusementpark (Phantasialand... hell I haven't been there in AGES!). The area where I am living is actually way easier to reach and its extremely pretty here (http://images.google.de/images?hl=de&q=Ahrtal&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi).
We could also do some tours around here (biketours for example if you like. Very pretty)

So personally I think staying in Cologne for 2 maybe 3 days is more than enough. The rest of the time I'd stay in Bonn if I was you. I am still not very sure when I am actually going away but surely you could stay here one or two days as well when you are back from Karlsruhe.
May. 19th, 2009 09:38 pm (UTC)
Out of all the comments I've received on this, I value yours the most because I think you are the most similar to me (and you live in that area!) I think to satisfy me, I'm going to have to spend some time in both. Just got to work out where to stay now! Also, you, my friend, are far too lovely to me. It is greatly appreciated in ways I can possibly never actually express.

I have actually visited Phantasialand, a couple of years ago when I stayed in Neef in the Mosel Valley. We took a trip to Koblenz and Trier, as well as some of the other villages near Neef. I have a great memory from Phantasialand, standing in a queue for a ride singing the Scissor Sister's 'Filthy'. Hilarious!
May. 19th, 2009 08:55 pm (UTC)
Compared to Cologne, Bonn is relatively provincial and small (despite having been the West German capital) - so it depends on what you are looking for. I would stay in Cologne and take a trip to Bonn.
May. 19th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking for. I'm not a huge city person - I'll visit from time to time but I wouldn't want to live in a city so maybe I should be looking more at Bonn! I've never been to either Cologne or Bonn so I guess I can't be majorly disappointed even if I stay a few days in both.

Thanks for the info though :)
May. 20th, 2009 03:07 am (UTC)
I studied in Cologne for a semester and stayed at Koeln-Riehl my first night in town. If you do not speak great German, the staff were really helpful, though I assume most hostels in Germany are probably pretty good that way. The place was immaculate and very quiet at night since it isn't right in town. I found it pretty convenient on public transport; you can get a train straight into the city. I will admit though that the main reason I stayed there is because it is where our group collected to meet our host families, but that should say something about it's reputation if a college was willing to suggest it year after year, no?

Where you spend your time has to depend on your interests. I like history so I found both cities equally interesting. Bonn was the capital of West Germany and has some neat museums about the Cold War (I saw the paper off of which JFK read his immortal "Ich bin ein Berliner") and is also the hometown of Haribo, which used to give tours, though I do not know if they still do. Koeln of course has the Cathedral and lots of neat art museums.

Not to throw another thought at you, but Aachen is very close to both cities and was a nice day trip, though I wouldn't bother staying overnight.
May. 20th, 2009 07:56 am (UTC)
Thanks for your thoughts. I've found staff at youth hostels mostly helpful so far, so I'm not so bothered there, just interested to know where people have stayed and whether they'd recommend it.
You sound a lot like me when it comes to history, so I think I'd like both Cologne and Bonn :) Am such a history geek when it comes to places - I'd rather go looking at old buildings etc than go to the beach!

Funny you should mention Aachen. I stayed there one night at their youth hostel and it wasn't anywhere near as nice as the one in Speyer, which is lovely. We had a bit of a wander around Aachen searching for food but as it was early evening, not a lot of places were open, so we didn't see a lot! The place itself seemed nice and I randomly have a takeaway menu from there, just for the hell of it. I doubt I'll be going back there this time though - am limited to public transport and I'm not sure how much I trust myself or my funds!
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