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52 MCV 13/08/10 GAMESCOM: CITY GUIDE Ode to Cologne


Gamescom may be the star attraction, but there’s a lot more to the city than just trade fairs. MCV takes a closer look at the hotels, bars and restaurants that can be found in Cologne…


The ancient German city of Cologne boasts some remarkable buildings and landmarks from throughout history, such as the Roman gate, the Cologne Cathedral and the Mediapark. Visitors to the city can take in the incredible architecture, as well as visit the many museums, memorials


MUSEUMS


Cologne boasts some 36 museums and over 100 art galleries, featuring everything from Roman and Medieval exhibits to contemporary art and even chocolate.


Museum Ludwig The Ludwig was founded in 1976 and contains 350 works of modern art by Irene and Peter Ludwig. Alongside are works of classical modern, expressionist and pop art.


Cathedral Treasury Amazing relics such as numerous sculptures, works of art and St. Peter’s crosier can all be fond in the vaults of the Cathedral Treasury.


BARS AND CLUBS


Cologne has a vibrant night life, with countless concerts, discos, theatres and cinemas. But the real thing to look forward to is that German beer. Here is a run down of some of the top bars to spend your time in until the wee hours.


Harry’s New York Bar Visitors here can enjoy top cocktails on the ground floor of the five-star Interconti Hotel.


Piano Bar at the Maritim Hotel Live music, club ambience, dance floor in this glamorous bar.


Alter Wartesaal Probably Cologne’s most stylish nightclub, the former train station waiting room has become the top place to party with a mix of black music, soul and ’80s hits. And that’s not to mention Depeche Mode parties.


Shepheard This High-class cellar bar boasts prize- winning cocktails (at about e8 a pop), and there are 200 to choose from.


Blumengold Featuring electronic music, this club can hold 400 guests and runs regular theme parties. The venue also puts on great light shows and is apparently ideal for the older party goer.


La Strada The highly popular pub-café- crêperie is for all ages, and according to locals often attracts bizarre crowds.


Studio 672 The classic Cologne club has something for everyone, including funk, techno, house, electronic and new jazz sounds. It is situated in the basement of the Stadtgarten restaurant.


Chocolate Museum Visitors are encouraged to enter a mouth-watering trip through three millennia of Chocolate, from Cocoa tress and Aztec ambrosia to modern bars.


Museum Schnütgen One of the Europe’s most important collections of medieval art can be found in the former St. Cäcilia collegiate church.


City History Museum Built in 1600, the former historic armoury gives visitors insight into Cologne’s economic, political and cultural history, from the Middle Ages to modern day.


and art galleries on offer. The city also features plenty of bars, clubs, cinemas and restaurants, as well as hundreds of hotels and guesthouses for people to stay in. Across these pages is a run down of the places to sleep, visit, eat and drink while in one of Europe’s great cities...


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