Koln (Cologne), Germany Community
Koln (Cologne), Germany
by Bernd Hoffman, starter of the Koln Community
Koln (Cologne) is located on the river Rhine. A real green city with some worldwide known expressions.
For example: Eau de cologne: it's really founded and originated here in Cologne and the first brand is the famous '4711'
Everybody on the world knows the term 'eau de cologne', but nobody knows where it came from.
It was first invented as a medicine to drink. But after a short time the women found out that it smells really good and from there they used it as a perfume, and it started it's way all over the world.
Another thing is Europe's highest gothic cathedral 'KÃ¶lner Dom' with the height of 156 meters to the top. It took 800 years to built it. Inside is the golden shrine with the bones of the '3 wise men', here known as the 'Holy 3 Kings'.
Every year we have about 1 million visitors only to join the 'Rosenmontag', the main day of the carnival, with a really huge street parade and most people wearing some fantasy costumes.
That brings us to the beer. 'KÃ¶lsch' is one of the clearest, strongest beers here in Germany and some doctors recommend to drink it, if you have trouble with your kidneys ;-} (no kidding).
Bike riding is really satisfying, because 80km west of Cologne is the Eifel Forest with the famous racing circuit 'NÃ¼rburgring'.
On the other side, about 30km east start the 'Bergisches Land' means; 'hill country with beautiful narrow backroads for an easy going and relaxed cruising between the green hills and forests.'
30 km to Bonn, 30 to DÃ¼sseldorf, 200 to Frankfurt, 500 to Munich, 500 to Berlin, 400 to Hamburg, 400 to Paris, 300 to Amsterdam and 600 to the beginning of the Alps.
See, itÂ´s right in the middle of Germany.
If anybody needs help, assistance or accommodation (tent space in my garden) or has any questions, feel free to contact me.
If IÂ´m at home, it would be my pleasure to help.
I'm also a registered member of BMW MOA.
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