Cologne Christmas Markets – The Best Insiders Guide

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The Cologne Christmas Markets are some of the most famous in Europe.  People travel from all over the world to come and soak up the magic of Christmas  in this lovely German city.  I’m lucky to call Cologne home and believe me it really is a magical place at this time of year!  There’s nothing better to get you in the mood for Christmas than a drinking a warm Gluhwein while taking in the atmosphere of Germany’s Magical Christmas Markets. It’s nearly 6 years since our family moved to here…

Medieval Bad Munstereifel – A Great Cafe in a Rejuvenated Town

Bad Munstereifel View

All over Europe and beyond, the social fabric of our towns and cities have been challenged by the death of traditional High Street.  In the early 2000s the wonderful medieval town of Bad Munstereifel was faced with exactly this problem on a cataclysmic scale.  Located around 60 km south of Cologne in central Germany, despite it’s medieval beauty, the summer tourist trade was not enough to support the many local businesses.  Like many other places, the local government and community of Bad Munstereifel had to come up some innovative solutions.…

The Ahr Valley – Wine Heaven and Lovely Cake

Ahr Valley Wine

My favourite Mother-in-law came to stay with us in Cologne and we were looking for an interesting day trip to take her on.  When we get the chance, we love to head South East from Cologne and visit the Ahr Valley and the picturesque Eifel National Park.  These lovely picturesque parts of Germany are only 70 km from Cologne and are perfect for day trips if you are in the area.  Both places are renowned for their fabulous scenery as well as pretty towns and villages.  It also gave us…

A Day Out in the Eifel Park, Germany

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A Day Out in the Eifel Park – Erlebniswelt Eifeltor Are you visiting or living in the area around Cologne or Dusseldorf?  Looking for an exciting family day out for young children, big kids or difficult fathers?  Do you want some fresh air without having to spend a fortune visiting a theme park?  What you need is a day out in the Eifel Park!  This beautiful wilderness of hills and cute little villages is barely 30 minutes drive south of Cologne.  One of our favourite places is the gorgeous village…

Things to do Near Cologne and Dusseldorf – Zollverein Industrial Complex

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Picture the scene.  It’s a lovely Saturday morning and the sun is shining.  Thanks to the thoughtful people in our local church, the melodic (and only slightly annoying) sound of bell-ringing woke us up at 7 in the morning.  They certainly weren’t making any friends that day I can tell you!  With a traditional German bread roll breakfast eaten, it quickly became obvious that lounging round the house wasn’t going to tolerated by the rest of the family on such a fine day. Decisions, Decisions…..What to do? My wife and…