The best Pokémon Go spots in Cologne
Whoever still doesn’t know what Pokémon Go is, probably lives on the other side of the moon! The game has been on everybody’s lips since its German-wide release on 13th July and you can bump into players on almost every street corner. It’s an augmented-reality game where players have to capture virtual pocket monsters on the street using GPS technology. We’ve charged our smartphones and compiled a list of Cologne’s most interesting Pokémon Go spots – just for you:
Cologne city centre
Wander through the streets around the Cathedral and you’ll come across countless Pokémon and an even greater number of PokéStops. You’ll find Weedles, Rattatas, Eevees and even some Pidgeys in numerous corners of the city centre. Our search started outside the Cologne Tourism service centre and we quickly discovered a Venonat and a Drowzee on Burgmauer. The cathedral is best photographed around 150 metres from the cathedral square, in front of house number 16. So at least you won’t have walked here for nothing! 😉
Aachener Weiher / Inner green belt
Those who prefer to search for Pokémon away from the concrete jungle have more than seven kilometres of green belt to choose from: water and grass Pokémon are specially active around Aachener Weiher for example. And don’t worry if Pokémon remain hidden among the bushes, you can instead either whip out your picnic blanket and enjoy some snacks on the grass or allow yourself to relax in the beer garden. Or for something a bit different, the Museum of East Asian art with its beautiful outdoor terrace is situated on the water’s edge.
Rhine and Rheinauhafen
The walk along the Rhine to the Rheinauhafen is a paradise that’s not only reserved for Pokémon hunters. The old town, with its riverside green spaces has something to offer for everyone. Go for a relaxed walk along the Rhine esplanade and capture some Magikarp, Goldeen, Krabby and many other Pokémon while you’re at it. Wherever you look (through the smartphone) around the Rheinauhafen and at the chocolate museum, Pokémon are in abundance with their PokéStops and gyms. But it’s worth having a look outside of your phone too as the former harbour has become one of the most beautiful corners of Cologne, thanks to its exciting mix of modern and traditional architecture.
Mediapark has already become a Pokémon and Pokéstop hotspot among the Pokémon Go community. And whether on their work breaks or out for a casual stroll, you can always bump into players here. Those who have managed to capture all the Pokémon in the area (as far as possible) can enjoy the wide range of restaurants on offer in and around Mediapark. After spending some quality time in one of the cafés, restaurants or even in the cinema, you can let your hair down further at the Mediapark lake or go for a ride on a boat.
Looking for Pokémon is a great way to spend time. Yet now and again its well worth putting down the smartphone and getting to know the area a bit better – in Cologne there’s so much more to discover!