Germany is one of the most important stops for any traveler that sets off to visit Europe. While the country is popular for its beer, its loud yet friendly locals, and the positive atmosphere, there is one place where one could enjoy the German culture while visiting many historical sites in a quiet environment.
That place is Cologne, and although it’s not nearly as big as Berlin and Munich, it’s a very popular destination for those who really want to experience Germany and all of its beauty.
‘Free’ Is The Word
Before you get your hopes up, let’s clear the air – things like accommodation and dinning in Cologne aren’t free, but they still come at a reasonable price.
There is a plethora of free activities here, though, but we’ll get to that later.
Finding a place to stay in Cologne won’t be a difficult task, as there are many 20 EUR dorm room options, as well as 50 EUR private hostel rooms, as well as hotel rooms priced from 45-80 EUR.
Food prices vary a lot in this city. There are many cheap food offers, such as 1-4 EUR street foods and 5 EUR sandwiches. A nice dinner at a restaurant can cost 14-23 EUR, while you’ll have to pay around 45 EUR for a week’s worth of groceries.
Your Piece Of History
Cologne is virtually one massive museum. There are so many historical and cultural places in this city that you’ll feel like you’ve been taken back through time no matter where you go.
If you’re really interested in this sort of thing, you should visit the Gothic cathedral of Kolner Dom, as well as the church of St. Kunibert. There are also many museums here, such as the Wallraf-Richartz museum, the Museum Ludwig, and the Schokoladen Museum.
Now comes the free part. Once you feel like you should take a break from all the sightseeing, make sure to check out Grüngürtel. This amazing park is equipped with a beer garden as well, which means you can grab a pint while the kids are on the grass having a picnic.