With tickets to see the Scorpions on their MTV Unplugged tour in Cologne on May 1st, Sexy Hubby and I decided to make a mini holiday of our trip and booked two hotel nights.

We started our days with breakfast at Starbucks. This has become a bit of a tradition when we are away together, it is the only time we go to Starbucks and really enjoy our huge steaming mugs and the tasty muffins.

Do you know 4711, the Original Eau de Cologne? We came across the company’s headquarters while sightseeing. This success story allegedly started with an “aqua mirabilis” given by a monk as a wedding gift to a young merchant called Wilhelm Muelhens. Realising its potential, Muelhens soon opened a factory. As for its name, the legend has it that it comes from Muelhens’ house being given 4711 as a number by the French troops occupying Cologne.

We also visited the inside of the Koelner Dom, a first for me. It is so breathtaking that this stop will be the subject of a blog post soon to be published.

During our meanderings in the old town, we made regular pauses to enjoy the numerous typical brasseries. Sexy Hubby is quite partial to the Koelsch, but as I have said before I do not drink beer and still confuse waiters every time by ordering something else. We also enjoyed lovely lunches: First at Restaurant Spitz, which has a great selection of wines and is the place to be in the evening to spot celebrities. Then at 4 Cani della Cittร , which offers a wide choice of Mediterranean dishes; we loved the antipasti plate you can see below as well as the terrace in the middle of a bustling area. In the evening we of course went to the Hard Rock Cafรฉ, another tradition. Sexy Hubby was very happy to try the Fiesta Burger, new on the menu. I very much enjoyed my fish dish, but was rather disappointed to discover that Jon Bon Jovi’s jeans were no longer on display…

We had fun going shopping too. Like in any big city, all of the well-known brands and chains are available, but Koeln also has so many lovely, quirky boutiques, great to find that unusual piece to complete your wardrobe or to buy a present. Sexy Hubby treated himself to a new pair of leather trousers. Needless to say, I am enjoying those too…

We then had the surprise to see a Venetian red gondola in the middle of the street. That is why we love Cologne so much: It is a funky city with many surprises!

Have you ever been to Koeln?
Starbucks breakfast Cologne
Colourful building in Cologne
Katia Funkywellies in Koeln
Sexy Hubby in Koeln
Typical brasserie in Cologne
Antipasti platter Cologne
4711 Original Eau de Cologne
Venetian gondola in Cologne
Hard Rock Cafe Cologne - Fiesta Burger and Fish and Chips
Koelsch Beer Cologne

21 thoughts on “Mini Holiday In Koeln”

    1. Thank you so much, Merlinda! Love the colourful building too. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Cologne really is a great place. xx

  1. I’d noticed you’d been quiet and wondered if you were away! I know 4711 very well and always wondered where the name came from, so thank you. Looks like a great trip (despite the JBJ jeans ๐Ÿ™ ) and I love the rituals with your Sexy Hubby. Looking forward to the rest of the news about the trip ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    1. I remember seeing a bottle of 4711 at my Grandmother’s when I was a child. Little did I know I would write about it one day!
      Rituals are lovely, I think. It was a very relaxed trip, just what we needed. And I have now recovered from the disappointment of JBJ’s jeans being moved, hoping to see them in Berlin, where we are heading next! ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

  2. Ooh just my kind of travel post -I love the detail about 4711. Good to hear about your routines. Sounds like a super break.

    1. Glad you enjoyed it, Trish, and yes, it was a fab trip. ๐Ÿ™‚
      I learned about 4711 on that trip too and since I had always wondered where the name came from thought I might not be the only one! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

  3. It’s the little things that make travel so special, especially shared with someone special. I must see when the Cologne marathon is on ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. What a lovely break you both had… I love how you have your going away traditions – the Starbucks for breakfast! Great photographs too – my mouth was watering at the food! X

    1. We did, Sarah, thank you, I feel lucky we can have these moments together. ๐Ÿ™‚
      These traditions are firmly in place now! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

  5. That sounds like a great weekend! Love your pictures! I also love Cologne, such a great place (the chocolate museum is good too!) ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thank you, glad you like the pics. ๐Ÿ™‚
      We have been to the chocolate museum twice, once just the two of us and once with the girls. I am sure we will pay it a visit again at some point! ๐Ÿ˜‰ xx

  6. What a fabulous trip Katia, sounds like you both had the most amazing time. I’ve never been but it would be great to go. Great photos too. Thanks for sharing with #whatsthestory

    1. I strongly recommend a visit! ๐Ÿ˜‰
      We have been a few times on romantic weekends now and always have a great time. xx

  7. Whoo looks like you had a great time, yummy food and great pictures ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for linking up to the weekend blog hop..

  8. We went to Cologne years ago – on a family holiday. My main memory is that the hotelier tried to get us to move hotels when we arrived late and tired and then pretended he couldn’t speak English when my dad complained. So my dad (who was born in Austria) launched into perfect German and the guy was (genuinely!) gobsmacked…We didn’t move hotels. It was a lovely city, as I recall, with a great cathedral. Glad you had fun – love the pics.

    1. What a story! I can imagine the guy’s face when your Dad starting talking in German… ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Thank you, I find it a lovely city too. xx

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