Fun Facts Cologne

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Cologne has a lot to offer. We tell you the Fun Facts about the city.

  • Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany and today the fourth largest city in the country.
  • It took 632 years to build the Cologne Cathedral
  • Kölsch is the local beer in Cologne. Compared to any other German beers, it tastes sweeter and more refreshing than any other German beer.
  • Although Kölsch comes in small glasses – don’t be mistaken: it is as strong as any other beer in Germany.
  • At Rheinpark, you may stumble upon a „Comforter-tree“ where kids can hang their old comforter and put it to rest.
  • In Cologne, you will find Germany’s only Palm Tree Alley (at Flora).
  • The famous pub snack „Halve Hahn“ has 450 Calories (a little more than a small portion of fries).  Funny enough the name „halve Hahn“ is easily mistaken by other Germans as the word reminds of a „Halber Hahn“ – which means half of a chicken. In fact, a „Halve Hahn“ is just a bun with cheese.
  • The famous perfume „Eau de Cologne“ was initially a medicine against the pox. The brand “4711” used to be the house number of its founding company Farina  – at Glockengasse in Cologne.
  • The famous sprayed banana – the metamorphic symbol for political and social events and for places that display great art is a project started in Cologne by artist Thomas Baumgärtel.
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