Last week, myself and a few bloggers descended upon Cologne, Germany for the Beauty Blogger Secrets event with Essence Cosmetics. I’ve never been to Cologne before, in fact, I’ve never been to Germany before so I was excited to explore the city.
If you know me well, when it comes to travelling I do love a good full itinerary. The Highlights of Cologne Walking Tour was a perfect starting point for us. We could catch our bearings and see some of the key sights in Cologne. The tour, which was €11 departed from the Cologne Tourism Shop which is directly opposite the Cathedral. The guide spoke in detail about every area that we visited starting with the Cathedral, then along the Rhine River, through the Old Town to the City Hall. Along the banks of the river was truly picturesque with The Hohenzollern Bridge in the distance and pastel houses adorning the riverside. As bloggers, we all were snapping away photos of the pastel houses! The final calling point was the House of 4711 which is home to the famous namesake scent.
I’ve never done a walking tour before. I would totally recommend doing one if you are short of time and wanting to see the best bit’s. Our tour was an hour and a half and we really did see quite a lot in such a short space of time.
Let’s face it, I’m a total tourist and I do love a good Hard Rock Cafe and so does Hayley so it was inevitable we checked out the Cologne restaurant. I personally loved the meal despite the drinks being a tad expensive but Hayley found her burger not to be on point. We then returned to our hotel for a nightcap.
It was a relaxed start on our final day in Cologne. One thing to note if you are visiting Cologne or even Germany; the shops are all closed on Sundays. There is plenty of other things to be doing though! We decided to check out the Schokoladenmuseum (Chocolate Museum) which is located on the riverside of the Rhine. Outside of the museum was a huge gourmet food festival with many stalls selling local produce. We had a little explore of it all but decided to save ourselves for all the chocolate.
As a Chocolate lover, I do love a good Chocolate Museum and this one is partnered with Lindt. Even better! The museum explored the history of chocolate from the past 3,000 years and behind the scenes process of what happens at the Lindt factory. It was all really interesting, I mean it’s chocolate. What’s not to like?
On the way out there was a giant gift shop and also the Chocolate Grand Cafe. The menu at the Cafe was insane, everything sounded delicious. Kariss and I went for waffles with chocolate sauce and smarties after spying it on Mary’s Instagram. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven, it was that yummy.
The final stop in Cologne was visiting the Cathedral. It’s seriously such a beautiful building and definitely up there with the Notre Dame and the Sagrada Família. We never got to see much of the Cathedral as we weren’t really dressed for visiting a church (it was 33 degrees outside) and we were asked to leave. Not our finest moment, I may add.
One thing is for sure, you won’t be short of things to do and see in Cologne. I’d love to return again in the future and see even more of Cologne. From visiting Cologne Zoo, a boat ride on the River and seeing spectacular views from the Cologne Triangl. There’s still so much more to see!
There’s going to be more posts about my trip showing where we stayed and the Essence event so stay tuned! A big thank you to Visit Koeln and Essence Cosmetics for making this trip possible.
Have you been to Cologne before?