Cologne Travel Blog› entry 16 of 32 › view all entries
On Friday, June 16, we travelled a short distance from Amsterdam, across the border to Cologne (or Köln as it is called here). We arrived quite late at the train station and the place was swarming with people. Cologne is one of the host cities for the World Cup this summer, so this frenzy was to be expected. Luckily, Emma has friends here who we stayed with, Melanie and Guido, and after we figured our how to use the German phone system, they picked us up at the station and brought us back to their home. It was late by now and we were asleep quickly.
Saturday the 17th was a big day in Cologne. The Czech Republic was to play Ghana in the city´s stadium that afternoon.
We quickly descended the spiral stairs back down to the ground and joined the crowd in the square beside the Dom to watch the match. Both the Ghanans and the Czechs had fans present here, but the Ghanans seemed to be more energetic in their celebrations. At half time they gathered around and danced and beat drums to the delight of the rest of the crowd. In the end, the Ghanans beat the Czechs 2-0 and it was an exciting match to watch, especially in the atmosphere of the host city. That evening we returned to Guido and Melanie´s and they treated us to their famous gypsy schnitzel, which was excellent. Their homemade French fries were quite good too. That night, we hung out in a lovely beer garden and made an appearance at a swanky champagne bar.
The next day, Sunday, was Melanie´s birthday. We went downtown again and this time got to take a look inside the Dom. There is a solid gold ossuary there where the bones of the magi are claimed to be kept. We walked around the rest of old city, checking out the buildings and dodging the crowds and wayward soccer balls. We returned to our hosts´s home that evening and had a lovely barbecue with their family and friends. We left Cologne Monday morning, but we will remember the lovely time we had there and the generosity of our amazing hosts.