The Old Town is an area of colourful contrasts; brash street vendors rub shoulders with flea market merchants near the exclusive shops of Cologne's renowned antique dealers. Summer is the high season; autumn brings a more intimate clam, a whiff of wood smoke, a suggestion of frost, a hint of the Christmas to come. Although an automatic mechanism sets the bells on the town hall tower chiming at the midday and at five in the afternoon, in the festive season the city bell-ringer sets off the carillon on the town hall tower for a special rendering of Christmas carols. This is the time to relate stories and legends, like the old tale of the tailor's wife who lay in wait to watch the Heinzelmännchen, or elves, finishing off garments at dead of night, a story commemorated by the charming late nineteenth-century Heinzelmännchen fountain to the south of the cathedral precinct.
excerpt from
Cologne Cathedral and City Guide

13 - 15 July 2001

riverside restaurants

Altstadt Riverside Restaurants

Altstadt Paffgen

Altstadt Paffgen Placard
Great St. Martin
overlooking the Altstadt

Great St. Martin Riverside Platz Fountain
Pam and Shelly,
pausing for a picture

Altstadt Pam Shelly Wide

Altstadt Pam Shelly

Altstadt Fountain Closeup

Altstadt facades

Altstadt Facades Closeup

Alt Rathaus Right Closeup

Sünner im Walfisch
(Inside the Whale)

Altstadt Walfisch

Altstadt Walfisch Closeup

Altstadt Facades Riverview

Outside the
Haxenhaus zum Rheingarten
(restaurant with amazing pig knuckles)

Haxenhaus Shelly

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