Trip to Berlin
From November 4th to November 6th we took a group of International Students to Berlin.
We were on the road for 8 hours very excited about the upcoming weekend. After our arrival we had some free time. Some people decided to go to the Berliner Fernsehturm, walk around the city center on their own and others stayed at the hostel. Another group decided to immediately get something to eat. We were told that we could get the best hamburger in Berlin nearby, so we crossed the Spree river and walked to Burgermeister. We received big, delicious burgers at an affordable price. Afterwards we walked to Alexanderplatz, took some pictures at the Weltzeituhr and then we met at a lounge nearby to have a drink.
On the next day we had a 3-hours city tour. According to the forecast it was supposed to rain almost the whole day but lucky us, no single drop fell on us during the three hours. We passed by the East Side Gallery and Museum Island and walked through the Brandenburger Tor, to the Reichstagsgebäude and the Holocaust Memorial. Our guide explained Berlin’s history and details of every place we visited in an interesting and now and then in a humoristic way so everybody paid attention to every word he said. We had additional stops at the Topography of Terror to take pictures at the Berlin Wall and also at the Gendarmenmarkt. We end the tour at the Lustgarten in front of the Berliner Dom.
During the following hours we had free time. Some groups used the time to do some shopping, take pictures around the Lustgarten or visit museums. At 7pm we had a reservation for dinner at the Umspannwerk Ost. The atmosphere was nice and the food was delicious. Everybody was satisfied with the dishes and the service. At 9:30pm we began our Pub Crawl with 40 more people to 2 pubs and 2 clubs. We began the tour at Alex Oase in Alexanderplatz and then continued to Haus am See which was too small for so many people. We decided to wait outside while having a drink from the Kiosk. Then we were taken to a hip hop club called 2Be and end up in Matrix. Despite the cold weather and rain we had fun time during the pubcrawl and danced until 3am-4am.
On Sunday everybody was ready on time to take our bus back to Cologne. It was a short visit but full of nice and fun memories.
Aachen City Tour & Christmas Market
On Saturday 19th of November a group of 24 internationals went together to Aachen. For some people it was their first time in the city, others were there already but joined us to take the city tour. We had a really nice guide who showed us different parts of the city center and told us the history of Aachen in an interesting way. During the city tour we visited Elisenbrunnen and touched the healing thermal water. Then our guide showed us the Klenkes – Denkmal statue and the small finger sign that people from Aachen use to recognize themselves when they are abroad. We also saw the arches that were left from Roman times and some of the many small fountains the city has.
You could feel the Christmas vibes in the city. The streets were already decorated and the Christmas Market were almost everywhere. We walked through different small streets and reached the City Hall where a big Christmas Market was. Afterwards we went to the Cathedral where the tour ended. After visiting the cathedral, we went back to the Christmas Market to warm up with some Glühwein and relax a little bit before our way back to Cologne. We all had a great time in Aachen and we are looking forward to visit it again someday.
Besuch im Schokoladen Museum in Köln
Our International Students had the opportunity to visit the Chocolate Museum on Saturday 12th November. With lots of excitement we began our guided visit around 5pm. The students learnt the processes of chocolate production from Cacao to Praline not only in modern times but also how ancient societies did it and their purposes. We started the visit tasting some dry cacao and walking through the tropical garden to experience the environment where the cacao grows. We could see the machines that are used nowadays and some tools used in old times. Each student received a small sample of bar chocolate and could taste the liquid version from the chocolate fountain. We also learnt about the additional ingredients used in the process and famous brands like Lindt. After our visit we went to the museum’s shop to see all kind of chocolate types and forms. Several students bought sweet presets for friends, family or for themselves.
Text: Jani Roman, Master Student International Tourism Management from Peru