Y vosotros, sois más de Düsseldorf o de Köln?? Si ya vivís en Alemania seguro que hace tiempo que os habéis decidido por una de ellas, por la altbier o la kölsch, por la Kö o por Rudolfplatz, por un Altstadt o por el otro 😉 Los que estáis pensando en venir a Alemania… Aquí os lanzo la pregunta!! Así igual os apetece curiosear en internet información a cerca de ambos sitios.
Mi opinión: Las dos son unas ciudades preciosas y llenas de vida!! Aunque… Yo ya he elegido una 😉
A few days ago I was recommended to visit Zons, a small town located between Düsseldorf and Köln, so I decided to go and check how it looks like.
The walk along the narrow streets of Zons makes you feel in the Middle Ages. The tower built on the wall and the entrances to the old city preserve an ancient charm.
The place, inhabited by more than 5000 inhabitants, is surrounded by a wall which survived to the second world war.
The first mention of this place in an official document was found in the testament of Cunibert, bishop of Cologne, around the XI century. In the past, Zons was an important city due to its strategic position close to the Rhein. This allowed the city to earn money by the collection of Maritime Customs.
What to visit
Spending one day walking around allows people to enjoy the medieval towers of the city, the old corn mill built in the XII century and St.Mathin church. Walking further, outside the wall, you can find a huge meadow which leads you direction to the Rhein shore.
I highly recommend you to spend one day in this small antique german city. A must: Do not miss to enjoy the sunset! It is beautiful in Zons.
Düsseldorf and Köln get back to reality after the end of the 5th season of the year. After five days dressed
up, drinking beer and enjoying parades the cities get slowly back to calm. Then, after five funny days we
have to work and wake up early again… So, like if this was a time after summer holidays (including a post-Carnaval depression) I would like to share with you all my Carnaval memories (in this way maybe those who do not know it yet would like to join us next year).
All this madness started on Thursday at 11.11. That day we went dressed up to the office and worked only until that time. From that moment we started drinking beer and eating frikadelle while listening to music. In the meanwhile, we could see through the window how many dressed up people
where dancing and drinking beer in the street. In that moment the girls had a huge goal: to cut the ties of our colleagues and, after it, to leave the office and go partying. (This plan was only for the girls, because the guys should stay working at the office during the whole day).
In our case we decided to join the EigelStein party in Haffen so we spent hours dancing, singing and drinking beer while listening carnival german songs.
Friday and Saturday
Those were normal carnival days, the people were dressed up in the streets and they were drinking beer and eating bratwurst in the different Brauerei´s stands in the Altstadt.
That days was the Straßeenkarneval which means that it was the ideal day to have a walk around the Kö to see people walking and groups of friends showing their disguise and dancing german music (carnival music which everybody could enjoy because the city hall placed speakers all around the city)
And here comes the most popular day of the carnival: the Rosenmontag. We decided to enjoy it in Köln, but to spend the day in Düsseldorf is also a good idea. The Rosenmontag is a parade,which starts very early in the morning, and walks around the whole city. Every troupe has its own disguise and carriage, each of them focus in a concrete theme. The men give flowers as a present while the crowd ask the people on the top of the carriage to throw them Kamele (candies). Here, unlike in Spain, the sweets are not only for the children, however, the “fight” to get a chocolate or a candy involve all kind of people.The view from the parade with the Köln Dom behind it is really cute, as well as the good mood surrounding the city and it citizens.
I hope I convinced you to join us next year. For the moment, I show you some german songs so you can start training.