13.03.2023 • Roberta
Living in a foreign city is a constant discovery, where every day you find new places, people and things to do. This is a guide to the leisure activities I recommend the most in Cologne.
Cologne is a city that is home to 1.086 million people, so it almost goes without saying that there are options according to taste. From sports to food to music and more, Cologne is never short of things to do.
In this article, I will recommend what I think are the first options for me and what might be the first steps for you to get to know the city, relax from exams and lectures and, why not, meet new people.
There are days when the sun is shining and I want to enjoy my free time, there is one thing I don’t want to do and that is to stay indoors, especially when for weeks the only thing in the sky was clouds. You have to take this vitamin D!
For all outdoor enthusiasts, in summer or when the weather helps, you can certainly take a bike tour on the Rhine River or around the city, you can either rent a bike or use your own if you have one. Another popular activity is volleyball or spike ball, which you can organise with friends or find someone on many Facebook or meet-up groups. If you prefer to be alone and enjoy your company, then a walk is possible, after all, Cologne has many, many parks, some, for example, are Volksgarten, Stadtwald, Hiroshima-Nagasaki-Park and many others.
Finally, as you can already imagine Cologne has many courses for all tastes from dance, yoga, basketball, football etc… and I remind you that the university offers free courses in all these sports and activities and much more.
Cologne is a city rich in history and culture, with numerous museums, galleries and other cultural attractions to explore. The choices are many, you have for instance the Ludwig Museum of Modern Art or the Roman-Germanic Museum, both wonderful museums that offer fascinating windows into the city’s past and present. If you are a theatre lover, no problem. You can catch a play or performance at the Cologne Opera or the Theater am Dom, just keep an eye on the schedule. And no visit to Cologne would be complete without exploring the city’s many churches and cathedrals, including the famous Kölner Dom.
Finally, it is important to take some time for self-care and relaxation when you are a student, and Cologne in this case does not lack anything.
Personally, I love having a coffee, a snack and walking around the parks closest to my home and any tiredness and discomfort often passes. If you want to spoil yourself, however, you can visit one of the many spas and thermal complexes for a relaxing day of wellness, alone or with someone else. Cologne also has a wonderful botanical garden, called the Botanischer Garten der Universität zu Köln (Botanical Garden of the University of Cologne). It is located in the southern part of the city and covers an area of approximately 11 hectares.
After all, no matter what you do or how much you spend, very often, the simplest activities or the best company are all you need.