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Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest, and is one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants. It is a major cultural centre and has a vibrant arts scene and is home to more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. (Not one visited as Rob has no culture or interest).
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We have escaped from London to experience the magic of the German Christmas markets. Landing late in Dusseldorf, we confusedly manage to take the train to Cologne, then a taxi to our hotel, in the process getting our first glimpse of a Christmas market – which indeed looks very magical and Chrismassy. Excited, we rush back out our hotel, but …
... candy and flowers ("Kamillo" and "Trushia"), but we also learned the names and a few lyrics of the 3 famous German songs we heard playing all weekend. The songs have now been on repeat on all of our Itunes for the past week... By the end of the parade, we boarded the bus back home with a bag full of candies, chocolates, and flowers.
Although we arrived back to Freiburg to a week full of midterms and deadlines for papers, our carnival weekend made it totally worth it.
... Cologne as this is where one of the biggest and most famous parades is held, and we wanted to get there early to find a good spot to stand. We met up with a big group of other assistants and their friends from uni who live in other parts of Germany and England. Everyone looked fantastic in their costumes! We all grabbed coffee - it wasn't even 9am at this point! - and we walked through town along the parade route until we found a good place to watch from. The wait for the ...
This morning was spent exploring our river boat and chatting with some of our fellow passengers. Our cabin is conveniently located in the middle of the boat, vertically and horizontally. At the rear of the boat we found the coffee and tea lounge with plates of fruit and sweet biscuits to keep the hunger pangs at bay. For the next seven days, we will be fed constantly!
Early in the morning we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Flandrischer Hof Cologne
We also booked based on previous reviews and were not disappointed. Great location in the Belgian Quarter, close to the city sights and plenty of local bars and restaurants. Room was great...modern, comfortable and clean. Breakfast was fine...the staff at this hotel were really friendly and very helpful. Look forward to returning.
Fabulous! A real gem of a hotel.
Stayed at this hotel based on the feedback given by other travellers on this website. We were delighted with the hotel which is a short distance by from the city centre - a pleasant stroll back from the shops! Excellent room, good variety at breakfast and very helpful staff. Highly recommended and will stay there again.
Great piano bar
we stayed at hotel in october 2004 for 3 nights, was clean and well presented. brekfast was included in the price which consisted of usual continental style and hot bacon and eggs, buffet style allowed you to set yourself up for the day! hotel within walking distance of dom and plenty of bars and restaurants nearby. highlight was hotel piano bar which had live music every night and was great fun! comfy shoes are needed if you plan to walk around cologne but transport is easy to figure out as we manged to get ourelves to the zoo and had a great day out! would recommend the piano bar even if your not staying in the hotel!
One night stay
A last minute search on the net led me to this very clean under rated hotel. We stayed at this hotel after struggling to find somewhere to stay in Cologne because thier where a major trade fair taking place on this weekend and all the hotels where getting snapped up fast. WHAT A CHOICE! We would have rated this hotel as a 4 star or a 4star plus. The rooms where clean, good size and modern. The recieption and staff whrer great and the breakfast was lovely and plentiful and the hotel was in a good position for the shopping and nightlife. I would definitly return with no hesitation.
Over the years my wife and I have stayed in many, many 4* and more than a few 5* hotels in the Far East, the Middle East, Europe and the USA but none were cleaner and many were less well appointed than the Flandrischer Hof Hotel. Without a shadow of a doubt the finest 3* hotel in which we have ever stayed. It's a pity that the hotel star grading system cannot better reflect the quality rather than the quantity of services provided. Add to that a courteous and helpful staff and good location and you have a brightly polished diamond, right there in Cologne. Six weeks ago, in Paris, we paid three times the price for a very forgetable hotel experience. Where were you, Flandrischer Hof, when we needed you? I wish that someone would franchise the format, across Europe.
A pleasant stay at the Hotel as part of a short city break. Very clean and the staff courteous and helpful, food very good. However it was noisy until quite late at night, a choice between open windows and a cool room, or stuffy but quieter. Only disadvantage to anyone of limited mobility would be the steps around the hotel to lifts, breakfast room etc. Not too far from the City Centre and the Dom, with local transport just around the corner. We found the Welcome Card very handy: this card is available from the Tourist Information desks (one at the airport), you pay a set fee for the length of time you require and then all transport in the Cologne/ Bonn area is free. This saved time and money and was used on buses, trams, trains and underground, plus discount on other tourist attractions.
Hone from home
we had a fabulous stay in this hotel, it totally exceeded our expectations. I am in the process of arranging another shopping trip and will definately be booking this hotel again.
We stayed at this hotel in May 2003.
Great location - near to shops and restaurants. Really close to tram stops too. The staff were friendly and really helpful. Breakfast was fantastic - buffet style withas much coffee as you can drink. I broke my foot on the last night of our stay and the staff were great - even allowing my husband to fetch me breakfast in the lobby as only stair access to breakfast room. PS - When in Koln you must try the local 'beer Kolsh' - mmmmm
I have stayed here twice. A little hike from the train station - the 5 minute taxi ride is well worth it if you are carrying luggage....but great hotel with a lot of stuff nearby. It is a little far from the "church" about 15-20 min walk...but in a nicer area. I will stay here again.
On arriving at the Flandrischer Hof Hotel in Cologne on 2/12/02 we were a little concerned about the back street the main door was in - but, on entering the hotel we were pleasantly surpristed! Everything was spotless, the reception staff were pleasant and courteous, even though there was a problem with our booking (caused by the booking office). The problem was dealt with in a professional manner and we (a group of 4) went to our rooms. They too, were very clean.