A Hipster's Guide to Cologne

A Hipster's Guide to Cologne

You don’t have to be a #hipster to enjoy the nightlife in #Cologne, but it doesn’t hurt. Enjoy a walking #food tour, a #pub crawl and enjoy the city’s #alternative music scene at one of the grungiest #music venues in Cologne.


There’s a lot more to Cologne than just the Cathedral and the Rhein River. The fourth largest city in Germany is also known for its music, food, street art and beer. 

The fourth largest city in Germany is also known for its music, food, street art and beer

I recommend staying at an affordable hotel near the sights and enjoying all the city has to offer through unique-to-Cologne walking and food tours. 

Traveling here can be a great time for anyone, whether you’re a hipster or not.

Traveling here can be a great time for anyone, whether you’re a hipster or not

Staying at the Ahl Meerkatzen Hotel inside the Cologne city centre is a great option for anyone on any budget.

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Ahl Meerkatzen Hotel Cologne

 Mathiasstraße 21, 50676, Köln, Germany

If you’re like me, you’ll love staying so close to the action. The affordable hotel has rooms available for as low as 40€ a night, with prices usually offered near this amount during the week and sometimes the weekend. The hotel even offers an early booking discount in which guests can save around 33 percent off their total booking price, a sweet deal if you ask me.

The hotel even offers an early booking discount 

The hotel is more than comfortable and offers free Wi-Fi, soundproof glass windows, which can certainly help when recovering from the night before, heating and a promise of a clean and tidy room. In addition, you can enjoy a complimentary German-style breakfast buffet in the medieval-like, hipster-looking hotel.

you can enjoy a complimentary German-style breakfast buffet in the medieval-like, hipster-looking hotel

Soon after unloading your bags, you’ll want to get out and see the city. A great way to get a good look at the German city is to go on a bike tour. But don’t just go on any biking tour, you really should check out the Street Art Tour. 

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Street Art Tour - Cologne

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 Gereonswall 2-4, 50668, Cologne, Germany
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The three and a half hour tour promises to be a cultural experience in which you can learn how “art can enhance and beautify a neighbourhood.” The tour normally costs 34€ but if purchased online will only set you back 29€, which also includes the bicycle.

During the tour, you’ll bike through the city centre streets and the Belgian Quarter, a hip city neighborhood, hear facts about the pieces of art and learn about the worldwide artists who contributed.

After all that biking, you’ll most likely be ready for a bite to eat. Better than grabbing just a bite, is to attend a walking food tour.

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Eat the world, Cologne

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 Cologne, Germany
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While the tour company offers a few different options, I recommend attending the South City Food Tour which is an area known as a hipster’s paradise. During the 3 hour or so tour you’ll be invited to sample food and drink which includes local German food, French cuisine, vegetarian dishes, wine and beer for only around 33€ per adult.

During your stay you’ll want to check out a proper pub crawl. One such popular pub crawl in Cologne is The Crawl, which offers free admission into local clubs, free shots at every bar, a party atmosphere and a local’s insight into the nightlife.

free admission into local clubs, free shots at every bar, a party atmosphere and a local’s insight into the nightlife

It doesn’t matter if you’re having a birthday, born and raised in Cologne, a new resident or just staying for a few days, you’ll have a great time and get to know more of what makes Cologne a cool city, whether you’re a hipster or not. Tickets costs just 15€, with a pub tram or pub crawl party bus costing only a few euros more at 19€.

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Pub Crawl Cologne

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 Großschwamborn 1b, 51491, Overath, Germany
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Street Art Tour - Cologne

I recommend getting to know the local scene in Germany over a beer, it’s what helps make Germany famous!

Before all is said and done, you should look into attending a concert at the Underground music venue which also serves as a night club. The venue has held internationally famous artists and musicians and is usually a cost friendly option for anyone wanting to hear some tunes. 

The venue has held internationally famous artists and musicians

So, if you’re looking to extend your night into the wee hours of the morning, Underground is a great option. The cover charge and alcohol is reasonably priced for the amount of fun that can be had, in my opinion.

Whether you’re a hipster or not, Cologne, Germany is a great option for anyone interested in food, drink, art and music. The city has many highlights that can often get overlooked, but with this guide you’ll soon discover the endless amounts of fun Cologne has to offer. Enjoy your stay!

 
Cologne, Germany
Cologne, Germany


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