Ulrike is a tour guide with The Kölsch Crew. Here she introduces herself and shares some of her insider tips for your stay in Cologne.
Where are you from?
I come from the beautiful Eastern part of Germany. After that, I moved to Cologne via Hessen, fell in love with the city and the people, and have stayed - for over 10 years now.
How did you get into doing brewery tours in Cologne?
I've known Michael, the founder of The Kölsch Crew for 7 years. Through that, I've had ongoing connections with the brewery tours. In the summer of 2022, I filled in for a tour because of COVID-19 and because it was so much fun, I stayed.
Why do you enjoy leading people through Cologne's breweries?
You get to meet new people from all over the world and introduce them to the Kölsch culture and the Kölsch way of life in a relaxed atmosphere. What other job allows you to do that? No tour is ever the same and at the end of a tour, seeing smiling faces due to or despite the Kölsch is just great.
What makes Cologne special to you?
The people and the carnival - it's indescribable. Just come to Cologne and experience it for yourself!
Where can one meet you for a private Kölsch?
It depends: in the summer, in one of the many beer gardens. Breweries in the old town are definitely the Malzmühle (they have a bar with Kölsch cocktails); and Peters Brauhaus. Otherwise, in a Kölsch bar in one of our many wonderful neighborhoods.
What should one definitely have eaten in Cologne?
Perfect starter menu: Kölsch, Metthappen, Himmel & Ääd. Besides that, Cologne is colorful, just like its food culture. There is something for everyone, from traditional local dishes to international cuisine. The city is a melting pot of flavors. In addition to Cologne classics, you can also find many other delicacies from around the world and great cafes that are definitely worth trying.
What must one (other than the cathedral) see in Cologne at all costs?
A great recommendation is Odonien, in my opinion a unique place. In the summer, you can enjoy the atmosphere there at food festivals, concerts, and other events and enjoy the time. A picnic on the Poller Wiesen with a view of the Cologne Old Town is also a must-do. Otherwise, just let yourself drift through the city. There is always something to discover that you did not know before.