A Traveldude's Cologne

This title may hint at being the kind of article you wouldn't usually find on WR, but Melvin's blog is called Traveldudes and is a place for like-minded dudes to share their travel tips and advice – so very much like World Reviewer then!  Which is why we thought he was just the man to be in touch with to share some of his own travel hints and tips.

We've asked him for advice on visiting his own home town, which is near Cologne, Germany, for our latest instalment in our series of Questionnaires for Experts, Bloggers and other Travel Knowledgables.

Where's your home town, and what's the main reason people visit?

I'm living close to Cologne in Germany. The main reason why people visit Cologne are because of its great beer, its cathedral, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and because it has one of the world's best street carnivals.

What's the main reason you think people SHOULD be visiting?

Definitely the carnival. It really is one of the best in the world. Everyone is dressed up! We've invited friends from Down Under and we told them the same, but they couldn't believe their eyes when they saw it. At other carnivalsand  processions there are only the people in the parade dressed up. That's different in Cologne... everyone is dressed up!

If you had to recommend to the friend of a friend one unmissable thing to do in your home town what would it be?

A brewery tour! Cologne got many very unique breweries with their own pubs. Go to one of their pubs and just sit down. You'll get your beer without asking for it and you'll get a new one when it's finished without asking for it.  

If they had a whole day in town what would you recommend they do?

Climb up the 535 steps of the Cologne Cathedral and visit the old part of the town with its narrow alleys.

What if they had three days?

Hire a car and explore the area around Cologne. You could have a go on the Schwebebahn in Wuppertal or visit the Müngster Brücke, which is an amazing bridge. Just drive through the "Bergisches Land" which got a very beautiful and hilly landscape.

Visit the Siebengebirge, which is close by just south of Cologne next to Bonn. These are 7 hills where you'll get some nice views and have fun walking.

What will you never catch a local doing?

Drink a beer from Düsseldorf. There is a rivalry between those two towns. In Düsseldorf they drink "Alt Bier," which is a dark beer and in Köln they drink "Kölsch."

What WILL you catch a local doing?

Drinking Kölsch. You'll get the Kölsch in 0,2 L glasses, so that it's quickly finished and always fresh.

And what local delicacies would visitors be fools not to try while they're there?

Reibekuchen is a delicacy... it's a kind of a potato pancake. You'll find very nice and huge dishes in the breweries like a knuckle of a pork.

In 140 characters, how would you sum up your home town as a great destination?

Explore an interesting beer culture, a great cathedral, a very beautiful old town & meet very lovely people.

Anything else you want to add!?

Add Cologne to your must-visit places in Germany and you won't be disappointed!

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