Considering move from Dusseldorf to Cologne - looking for tips

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Hello,

 

I have lived 5 years in Düsseldorf and I am considering a possible move to Cologne. I am planning some "exploratory trips".

 

So that I have some places to start from, I would like to know what would be the Cologne equivalents of:


- Bilk, a lively neighbourhood with a mix of students and professionals, alternative bars and cafes

- Derendorf, a slightly upper scale neighbourhood - for lack of better words, "where the secretaries who live in Bilk go to find a rich(er) husband"

 

And for some landmarks:

 

- Kunstpalast, a classical art museum

- the conservatory where you can listen to classical music students rehearsing

- Ellington, a little cocktail bar where you can have amazing conversations

- Chrystall, an alternative cafe where you can meet all sorts of interesting people (vs Starbucks where people stare at laptops)

 

And for the negative comparisons:

 

- the horrible Bolkerstrasse, full of weekenders, broken glass, drunken hooligans, police and tourists

- Oberkassel - stiff upper lip upper-class neighbourhood

- any place full of tourists or weekenders

 

Thanks!

 

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Bilk = CGN uni area (NOT near Ehrenfeld/Barbarossaplatz though)

 

Derendorf = parts of Friesenplatz / Mediapark / Appellhofplatz / Mauritiuskirche.

 

I think I've said it before - anywhere near a church in cologne, or a city gate, is not usually a dump.

 

The main concrete jungles are Barbarossaplatz and Ebertplatz.

 

Further in the burbs near Uni liniken is quite nice and trendy.

 

Ostheim is very villagey, and a good distance further out.

 

Along the river Rhein near chocolate factory is also quite nice - that takes you riiight out into the nicer leafier areas.

 

Avoid most of Kalk.

 

The other side of the Rhein near Deutz has really taken off over recent years. I had a friend who was considering buying there a couple of years ago.

 

Wherever you search - expect aggressive competition. And pick up the newspapers. Landlords often won't advertise online but in papers, thinking they will get more german applicants that way.

 

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Yeah, I'd disagree with the previous poster in the areas below...

 

- Bilk, a lively neighbourhood with a mix of students and professionals, alternative bars and cafes

- Derendorf, a slightly upper scale neighbourhood - for lack of better words, "where the secretaries who live in Bilk go to find a rich(er) husband"

 

Bilk - Ehrenfeld and the surroundings should be the closest match I would say. Also some Uni areas close to Dürener Strasse and so on

 

Derendorf - Lindenthal mainly, also some areas of Sülz. Anything around the Stadtwald should fulfill this. 

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I mainly know lgbt places along ehrenstrasse/rudolfplatz/schaafenstr.

 

So not sure if thats interesting.

 

Deutz and environs has a few ok places.

 

There was a place called BP (after the garage) that used to be quite "happening". The thing with a lot of the trendy places is they are already so cramped WITHOUT adding people to the mix. 

 

Jonny Turista is nice for the people - again - cramped.

 

Im guessing when theyve finished rebuilding the crater in Rudolfplatz, there'll be another club/bars to replace the one they knocked down.

 

Ring is traditionally tourist strip. Heumarkt/Altstadt similarly so, but a bit tamer.

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Well I was looking for something Woyton for example. What's nice about Woyton in Dusseldorf is that there are practically no hipsters, only regular, down-to-earth, affable people, but I understand that Woyton in other cities can be hijacked by hipsters, corporate drones etc.

 

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