Bored? Try a board game! There’s never been a better time to dust off your childhood games and have an old fashioned games night. Scrabble is always a winner. Monopoly will keep you going for hours, days even. But if you feel like something a bit more strategic try ‘Ticket to Ride’ or ‘Zug um … Continue reading Play it again, and again
It’s Tatort time
You know you’ve become integrated into German society when you start watching Tatort religiously every Sunday. Some people love it, others hate it. If you’re not a Tatort fan, it’s possible that Corona will make you one. Here’s why. Tatort (which means crime scene) is a German detective show that’s been running since November 1970 … Continue reading It’s Tatort time
Books about your city
The Rhineland is in lock-down and more and more people are staying at home to protect the elderly and vulnerable. It’s tough – but we all know the measures are necessary. In the meantime – how can we cheer ourselves up while we’re stuck inside? What can we do to break the boredom and liven … Continue reading Books about your city
A Boy in Bonn: How to Land on Your Feet When Moving Abroad
Moving to a new city is equally exciting and anxiety-inducing. Liam Heitmann-Rice shares some tips to make it easier.
The red rule
Ever been shouted at by a pensioner for crossing the road when the pedestrian light was red? Or worse still, had a kid wag their finger at you for crossing before the green man showed? In Germany there are two reasons why you don’t cross on red. The first can be hard for foreigners to … Continue reading The red rule
Take to the trees
Ever felt like climbing a tree, walking around in the green canopy and seeing the world from up above? If you''re not afraid of heights you can do just that and more at the Hochseilgarten Kramerhof. Featuring tree top walkways, abseiling, climbing, treetop obstacle courses, tightrope walking and rope swings - this is an absolute … Continue reading Take to the trees
Sissi und Fränz
Looking for a special gift? Some shabby-chic furniture, or a really cute outfit for a child? Sissi und Fränz has got it all, and more! Merowingerstraße is full of cool and interesting little shops but one of the best is Sissi und Fränz. There may be shops all over the city selling similar beautiful clothes … Continue reading Sissi und Fränz
You don’t need a De Lorean to go back in time when you’ve got a freilichtmuseum. These are open-air-museums where you can experience first-hand how locals lived in the past. There are two near to Cologne, the Freilichtmuseum Kommern in the Eifel, which is huge and needs a full day to do it justice. Or … Continue reading Freilichtmuseum Lindlar
Ritzy cinema at the Residenz
Netflix and chill is all well and good, but going to the cinema is better. Especially when that cinema is the Residenz in Cologne and you’re welcomed with a glass of champagne and finger food and can sink into a plush armchair with your feet on a velvet foot rest. The Residenz is no ordinary … Continue reading Ritzy cinema at the Residenz
Picture this: a gorgeous sunny day, green hills, trees, a crystal clear lake and white sandy beaches. Out on the lake there’s a floating island where you can sun yourself before slipping back into the cool water to swim back to shore. Sound like a summer camp in the US, or a lake in Bayern … Continue reading Freibad Vingst
Getting over culture shock
Settling into a new country or city isn't always easy. It generally starts off well: every day feels like a holiday; all those funny and strange things you experience in your new city are welcomed as quirky and unsual; and everything seems fresh and exciting. But after a while, things can start to take a … Continue reading Getting over culture shock
A tale of two cities (and their beer)
Let the crazy days begin!
Carnival has descended on the Rhineland in an orgy of costumes, drinking and bad behaviour. Either dive-in and enjoy it to the full, or run to the hills and escape!