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Cologne - The city of alternative culture

7th April 2011 Print
Cologne - The city of alternative culture

Germany’s gay capital Cologne is Europe’s latest hot-spot for the gay community.

With flight durations less than 90 minutes and direct flights operating from Manchester and London airports, makes Cologne the perfect destination for gay couples looking for a long and memorable weekend.

This city is literally bursting at the seams with culture; being home to 36 museums and over 100 art galleries, discover a new take on German history. Cologne’s 2011 Gay Event calendar allows travellers to get involved in one of the many Gay-Friendly events taking place over the summer months. Key dates for your diary included the annual Verzabaurt Film Festival on 6-8 May 2011, Leather Pride on 8th-13th June 2011 and Cristopher Street Day parade on July 1st-3rd 2011. Gay nightlife in Cologne is alive and vibrant with over 70 bars and clubs. Cologne is also a fantastic shopping destination with numerous designer brands stores and luxury independent boutiques located within the Ehrenstrasse and Mittelstrasse areas.

Couples looking for an extra special treat can indulge by staying at the magnificent 5 star luxury Excelsior Hotel Ernst. This 19th century landmark is located in the heart of city, situated opposite Cologne’s most visited monument the Dom Cathedral. Many of the 142 bedrooms and suites have views of the gothic Cathedral. The Excelsior Hotel Ernst is a member of “The Leading Hotel’s of the World” and was acclaimed hotel of the year in 2010. It has two award winning restaurants; taku specializes in amazing Asian delights while Hanse Stube offers classic German fine dining cuisine. The hotel’s piano bar is Cologne’s best kept secret, a wonderfully traditional experience for guests to enjoy classic cocktails or simply a glass of champagne in a relaxing and stylish atmosphere. To make your stay truly memorable, guests can visit the Riesling Lounge to partake in wine tasting experiences. To complement the distinctive variety of great vines, the Riesling Lounge also offers fine Asian and delishious French snacks.

Visitors looking to combine culture with luxury live style should definitely embark on a visit to the German city for an alternative experience.

Prices are €218 per person for double occupancy or €258 for single occupancy. For an additional charge of €110 per night, guests can spend the night in a Junior Suite.

All prices include the free minibar, the use of the sauna and fitness area as well as service and VAT. The package is valid upon request and availability and can be booked at:

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Cologne - The city of alternative culture