Our Königsalle (King´s Alley), or the "Kö", as we call it, is just about a kilometer long, but it’s known around the world. It is one of the best shopping addresses in Germany. Many famous fashion houses have their shops on its sidestreets. When the sun comes out, the Königsalle becomes one big sidewalk cafe. Strolling, posing, and drinking a glass of champagne in a cafe terrace in the shade of an old chestnut tree are the order of the day. Perhaps that's why the nickname "little Paris", first coined by Napoleon during a visit in Fall of 1811, has stuck.
From the newly erected Rheinuferpromenade (boardwalk along the Rhine river), past the Altstadt, I can recommend a boat tour on the Rhine. The "Weiße Flotte" (white fleet) offers special trips such as a Halloween cruise from EUR 22,- / person, as well as panoramic tours from EUR 9,50- / person, and day trips to Cologne and Zons. The "KD", as well, offers day trips and special tours, for example, country and western with live music.
I anticipate with great pleasure each summer the Jazz festival, entertaining not only to die-hard Jazz fans. Also the "Altstadt Autumn" is a big event. The city is populated with talented people from all over the world, who invite you to enjoy readings, concerts, and colorful events in the town.
Nightlife is varied and fun. The Open-Air Cinema on the Rhein, various concerts and musicals in the Capitol, or the famous Apollo's Variete will make the choice difficult.
The countryside offers castles, forts, and a magical landscape. I can recommend the Neandertal (site of the excavation of the Neandertal Man), where you can take a picturesque hike through forests and fields. Or the largest "Schützenfest" (town fair) in Germany, across the Rhine in Neuss, on the third weekend in August.
I hope our little tour has been enjoyable and that I can welcome you shortly!
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