This weekend, Lena and I booked a get-away to Bonn and Cologne.
We left the house on Saturday at 4am, catching a very early plane to Cologne. By 9 we were eating breakfast in front of the Beethoven memorial statue.
After some wandering around the old town and visiting a great modern history museum where I bought a copy of the Gruffalo in Kölsch (Cologne and Bonn dialect), we dropped our bags at our hotel, the Hilton (fancy), and went out to buy face masks and wine for later.
We also visited the Haribo shop and stocked up on sugar, kick-starting the cheatiness of the whole weekend.
We dumped all our goodies and headed out, AGAIN, to Schloss Drachenburg (Castle Dragon Mountain). We took the shuttle bus to the very top where a ruin sits above the whole of Bonn, providing us with stunning views in 30 degree heat.
A short walk down the hill and you’re greeted by a Disney castle. Totally restored, well kept and a real reccomend to anyone visiting Bonn or Cologne. And we had ice lollies.
After a long day, we headed back for a swim and pizza room service before passing out in front of the football.
10 hours later we stirred from our beds. We packed up, almost leaving Lena’s ring behind, and stopped by the Beethoven house before catching the 20 minute train to Cologne.
Stepping out the train station, basic bitch giant coffees in hand, the cathedral blocks the sun almost completely, casting Gothic shaddows over the seas of tourists flocking from the Hauptbahnhof.
We walked around a but and made our way to a nice looking pub with a German politics theme beer garden on the riverside and sat drinking bear and eating schnitzel whilst the last of the Cologne marathon runners jogged past.
Next was the chocolate museum where we watched Lindt chocolate being made and had an educational insight into the history and science of chocolate. Full of sugar and hot, we headed to the old town for another beer and watched a bit of football.
After that we headed for the airport and flew home after a delay, meaning we got home pretty late. It was such a wonderful weekend and I haven’t felt so 100% in a really long time.
Cologne is for sure much bigger than Bonn, although I’m happy we visited in the order we did because Cologne was buzzing on Sunday, which is very rare for Germany.
Bonn is worth a day trip out of the city but I’m sure there were many corners of both beautiful cities we didn’t get to see. We did however do a hell of a lot of walking and I think we really made the best of the time we had! Even if it did leave us exhausted by Sunday.
-TRIGGER WARNING – UNI BRAGGING-
This was of course all topped off today after finding out that I got a first on my Bowie essay. That’s 10% of my final grade I’m very happy with. Was it worth the months of stress? Probably not. But in hindsight I’m glad I worked as hard as I did.
Till next time ✌️