The chocolate-fountain is located in the Chocolate Museum (Imhoff-Stollwerck Museum) – and it is in a good condition.
I have never heard of the Chocolate museum before Cologne 06.07. And I don’t know exactly how it qualifies as a place to visit on our first day. Suddenly it became an issue, not least because of the reputation of this fountain as emblematic for Cologne.
Furthermore there is not much to say about Cologne. For visitors of Germany this city is a must. Cologne is something special. With nearly 1 million inhabitants Cologne is Germany’s fourth-largest city after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich. And it’s one of the oldest cities in Germany, having been founded by the Romans in the year 30 BCE.
For me unforgettable is the old Stollwerck factory (Stollwerck-Fabrik) in the southern part of the city (‚Südstadt‘), with its strange graffitis, a style which I have never seen before (and after) – Cologne Graffiti of the 1980’s. Legendary the concerts of Dunkelziffer (with Helmut Krachten, Damo Suzuki, Dominik von Senger, Helmut Zerlett u.a.) in the so-called ‚Maschinenhalle‚ (engine room). In the year 2005, as we run the Art-Showroom Edixxa in Wiesbaden, we still preferred the music of Dunkelziffer, Phantomband, Dominik von Senger and the Stollwerck-Samplers. The strolls through the Südstadt Cologne in the late 1980’s were the first impressive strolling experiences, got lost but lost in contemplation. The Stollwerck fabrique was also location for some (but few) scenes in Peter Keglevic‘ film „Der Bulle und das Mädchen“, 1985 (with Jürgen Prochnow and Annette von Klier).
I have got two small books about Cologne Graffiti and the Stollwerck factory:
I would be very grateful, if someone could help me with more sources of information and pictures. There are some pictures and infos at rootz.net and bloom.de. You can see paintings by Markus Krips here (see also the KritzKratz-Institute). Informations about Klaus Winterfeld here. But there should be more…
Central Station, Köln-Ehrenfeld, Neumarkt, Heumarkt, River Rhine, Am Leystapel, Rheinauhafen, Rheinauhalbinsel, Leystapelwerft, Buttermarkt, Rote-Funken-Plätzchen, Alter Markt