TOP 5 attractions in Cologne (Köln)

Hello world!
We are in Cologne (Köln), Germany! We didn’t have time to explore it all, so this time we are breaking down only TOP 5 attractions in this 2,000 year old city.

1.Cologne Cathedral
Grand Gothic cathedral with twin spires is  the “face” of Cologne city and also the most visited landmark in Germany, which has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage in 1996.
We cannot decide if it is more glorious from outside or inside?

2. Groß St. Martin
Second part of Cologne skyline is the tower of “The great St.Martin’s church”. We loved how the church merged with colorful Cologne old town houses. It is the most perfect Instagram location. We only wish we had more sun there. So, if you are looking for a perfect photo location, plan better than us :).

3. Hohenzollern Bridge
It is a pedestrian and rail bridge that connects Cologne Cathedral with Rheinboulevard. On the walking path to the other side you will find “love padlocks” on the bridge fences. If you are in love and into things like this, buy the padlock, write your names and throw away the key into the river Rhein so your love can last forever.
From the other side of the bridge, on Rheinboulevard, you will get the most perfect view of the city, a specially in sunset. Get a beer (wine, juice, water, whatever you prefer) and chill on the boulevard steps while enjoying the most glorious sunset.

4. KölnTriangle skyscraper
This is a second sunset spot, but also observation deck. Top floor offers the panoramic view of the city, including the Cathedral.
Entrance fee is 3€ per person and you can find working hours -> HERE.

5. Museums 
Cologne has over 30 museums and we, unfortunately, didn’t have time to see any. The top of our wish list is Chocolate Museum, but if you plan to visit Cologne you can also explore: Museum Ludwig, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Fondation Corboud, Romano-Germanic Museum, Museum of Applied Art design, Museum Schnütgen and Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum.

The main reason why we didn’t have any museum time is shopping and food, which is also the big part of this lovely city.

We got the feeling like shopping and shoppers are everywhere in this city! This could easily be the most popular activity for tourists. I’ve found that the most popular shopping streets are Schildergasse and Hohe Straße, but you can also have a peak in Ehrenstraße and Mittelstraße.

Food is the second tourist activity and you should definitely indulge in gourmet food that city offers, sweet and sour.

To conclude, we are most definitely coming back to this city. With open mind (to visit some museums) with empty bags (to do more shopping) and empty stomach (to try more local food). Who is with us?

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Where to stay in Berlin?

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If you have been following our Instagram stories, you already know we visited Berlin, Germany. If you have Instagram account, you can follow our adventures here-> @dianomaya. Look for the stories in “Highlights”!

Let’s begin our Berlin story with some basics, our accommodation! So where did we stay in Berlin? We were invited for a complimentary stay at The Amstel House Hostel Berlin, the friendliest hostel in Berlin. We learned they have been elected the best hostel staff in Europe two times, so we were keen to try that special hospitality.

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We were convinced how friendly they are right from the start. Upon our arrival we were welcomed by two lovely male receptionist and given instructions about the room, keys, breakfast and the bar. They were also so kind to give us complimentary backpack, with personalized note. I don’t know about you, but we love when accommodations take their time to make you special. Also, I can’t wait for spring to come, to take my new backpack out!

Amstel House Hostel has 24/7 reception, so if we ever needed to ask about Berlin, transport, bike rent, museums or similar, we definitely used that perk. You can find free maps at the reception, along with coupons for Berlin attractions. They also have electronic devices which you can borrow, towels you can rent and hygiene products you can buy. What else do you need?

ROOM
Oh, yes, you need a room! They offer a different room types and beds, such as private, single, double, twin, dormitories, family rooms, etc. Some rooms have private bathroom, some are with shared ones. We got a private twin room with shared bathroom. Shared shower and toilet was just door to ours, so it made life easier. We also had little sink in our room, which is a very nice add on. Our beds were so cozy, it was hard to leave them in the morning 🙂

BREAKFAST
We always include breakfast in our room booking, partial because I am obsessed with buffet breakfast (there is something very special about other people making breakfast for you) and secondly because it is easier to explore the “big city life” on a full stomach. What is special about Amstel House breakfast is their vegetarian and vegan selection, which I noticed right away, as I don’t eat meat.

BAR
The heart of the Amstel House is their 24/7Bar. We would come to Hostel after dinner and to avoid feeling like we missed the night in the city, by staying in our room, we went down to the bar to hang out. Hanging out at the bars is always the best. You get to met Hotel staff, ask about what to do in the city and meet new interesting travelers, which has always been our luck! Do you have a story from the Hotel bar’s?

It is safe to say we liked the bar area the best. We would hang out and relax with our cold beers, after the long walks in the city.
One thing we, unfortunately, didn’t get to use was their cool game room. It sure looks like a lot of fun, so maybe next time 🙂

LOCATION AND TRANSPORT
Amstel House is located in Moabit, in the district of Mitte, which is very well connected by public transportation. S-Bahn and bus stop is 5 min walk from the Hostel and with TLX fast bus, you are only a few minutes from the historical center. We bought a day ticket from local store (right at the bus stop) which gave us access to all public transport. Find tickets and routes here -> BERLIN PUBLIC TRANSPORT.

Also, Amstel House Hostel has very well explained on their website how to reach them whether you are coming with the plane, bus or train -> HERE.

That sums up our accommodation experience. If you decide to book a stay with them, hope you will have as much fun in Amstel House Hostel as we did.

You can find them here:
WEB: www.amstelhouse.de
Facebook: Amstel House
Instagram: Amstel House

And for Amstel House Hostel team, if you are reading this, thank you for your hospitality, you are really the best!

In our next blog -> “Top things to see in Berlin”. Talk to you then 🙂

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Thank you 2017!

2017 has been unbelievable year!
We are grateful for this life and for being able to share our adventures with you.

We traveled trough 8 different countries, visiting numerous cities, islands & mountains and truly lived the adventure!
We met so many new and amazing people, but also cherished our old friends & family which accompanied us on several trips.
Thank you for all the support and love you’ve always given us!

Special thanks to Villa MagdalenaYacht Korab Luxury Gourmet CruisingESCAPEDalmatian Throwdown & Frode Borge for collaborating with us in 2017!

Scroll down to see our 2017 highlights…

SLOVENIA – LJUBLJANA
…at the end of the forest you will find cute old houses and narrow streets, which will take you strait to the city… Read more on our -> BLOG.

SLOVENIA – BOHINJ
The drop, the color, the river, the canyon – we loved it all! -> BLOGIMG_0227

AUSTRIA – VIENNA
If you are artist or think of yourself as artistry person, if you are in search of unusual and different, this is a place to be. What? Where? Read it here -> VIENNA Blog

CZECH REPUBLIC – BRNO
The second largest ossuary in Europe contains 50,000 skeletons. Who sees dead people?

CZECH REPUBLIC – PRAGUE
We took afternoon stroll on Vltava River, where people feed swans. This is unique Instagram location! Find out where is it -> HERE.
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ITALY – VERONA
Verona is so much more than “Romeo & Juliet” city. Verona is LOVE!

ITALY – CINQUE TERRE
Number 4 is our favorite -> BLOG

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ITALY – Lucca & Pisa
We expected more of Pisa, less of Lucca, but together they are perfect combo!

ITALY – FIZENZE
Get lost in Boboli gardens, you won’t regret it. #teamgetlost
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ITALY – Dozza & San Leo
…beautifully painted city murals which are hard to describe in words, so let me show you some pictures…HERE.

SAN MARINO
Highlight of this trip was castle located on Mount Titano, unfortunately, most other things to see were closed.
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CROATIA – VIS island
SPRING
– Be careful, it is stronger than it seems while you obliviously sipping glass after glass. What? Where? Read here -> VIS BLOG

SUMMER – We also did business meeting in Vis. Perfect place to do business! -> BLOG

CROATIA – IMOTSKI
Locals have legend that says if you can throw a stone in the Red Lake you will soon get married. So, who wants to know if legend is true?

CROATIA – OMIŠ
We said “hello to the spring” in honor of Earth Day on the Omiška Dinara mountain.

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CROATIA – KARLOVAC Castles
If you are planing to explore this region more, like we did, put all castles on your list.

CROATIA – RASTOKE
Slunjčica flows into the Korana River across cascades creating waterfalls of different size – MIND BLOWING, we know! Look -> HERE

CROATIA – PLITVICE NATIONAL PARK
If you are planing trip soon, here are some information that might help you organize it!
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CROATIA – PELJEŠAC
Diano visited only one afternoon, loved it, and now it is on our bucket list to explore in 2018. Why not? You can find quick overview -> HERE.

CROATIA – HVAR island
ESCAPE – we didn’t experienced or filmed this event properly. That is why we are definitely coming back in 2018 for full 5 days. Who is with us?
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SAILING – perfect way to meet your business partners!

GIRLS TRIP – no video this time, hope you will like photography in BLOG.

CROATIA – BRAČ island
Too short experience, therefore plan for summer 2018 is to create unique vacation & gastro delight with Korab. Yes, this was paid promotion, but we loved it!

CROATIA – Villa Magdalena in KRAPINSKE TOPLICE
This is our TOP BLOG POST of 2017. So you guys love wellness and spa? Should we do more trips like this? Do you have any suggestions?Villa Magdalena_dianomaya-9157

CROATIA – DRVENIK MALI
We still can’t decide if, in Vela Rina, sunrises or sunsets are better? What did you like better? Tell us in comments!

CROATIA – ZAGREB
We had to visit The best Christmas Market in Europe. Who hasn’t? Read -> HERE

GERMANY – STUTTGART
We had 4 hour layover on our journey, so we decided to explore the city! We also got to show off new brand collaboration with Yato.
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FRANCE – STRASBOURG
Breathtaking little Alsace city, beautiful people & serious adventure.

WoW this is going to be loooooong blog to read. Well, it was a long happy year, what can we do 🙂
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Layover in Stuttgart, Germany

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We are in Stuttgart, Germany, for one afternoon. We flew in from Split with Eurowings and had 4 hour layover on our journey, so we decided to explore the city!

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Luckily, we had Croatian Instagramer Pippa (@pipparcina) with us. She’s been traveling to Stuttgart a lot, so she knows the city well.

From Stuttgart Airport (Flughafen), we took S2 – Stadtbahn/metro (you can also take S3) to the city Main train station (Hauptbanhof). The journey takes about 30 minutes. You need a ticket for 3 zones which costs € 4.00 for adults and € 1.90 for children from 6 up to 14 years. The price of a day ticket for 3 – 4 zones is € 16.40, this card can be used with five persons.

We started our Stuttgart “layover adventure” in Koenigstrasse, street of million shops and street performers, and walked to Palace Square (Schlossplatz). On Schlossplatz we found gorgeous Palace, fountain and monument, with benches & grass and did little shoot for @yato_by_hp, Croatian handmade necklace brand.

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From Schlossplatz, we went behind Kunstgebäude building to Schlossgarten, another beautiful Palace Park with lake, fountain and Opera House.

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If you want  to take Instagram worthy picture from Stuttgart’s Schlossplatz go to Kunstmuseum. Museum looks like huge glass cube. There are stairs right below it, which offer great Square view. Thank you Pippa for being our personal photographer!

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Entrance to the Kunstmuseum “glass cube” building is free and there is bar on top floor. There you can get “glass bird view” of the Square.
Museum entrance is within building and they charge entrance fee separately. We, unfortunately, didn’t have time to visit.

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We decided to finish our “layover” in Stuttgart Bibliothek, unfortunately, it was closed.
If you are ever in the city, visit it! Pippa told us it is totally worth it.
Go check out how it looks inside on her IG profile: PIPPA

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Consolation prize was coffee with Pippa in Milaneo Shoping Mall, which is right next to Bibliothek. We discussed Instagram and how it can grow more. We learn more and more each day and we want to share more about it.  Should you wish to find out more, about running successful Instagram account, do not hesitate to email us.

All in all, Stuttgart is a wonderful place and great for “layover adventure”. If you have 4 hours in the city use it!

We are off to Strasbourg, see you next week! In meantime you can:

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