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We thought that Ehrenfeld, a borough of Köln (Cologne), would just be a short stop during our day in the city but we ended up spending hours wandering around its colourful streets and corners!
Flea markets full of great deals, delicious food and peppy music are a regular fixture in Ehrenfeld, as are picturesque al fresco restaurants and boutique shops. But what drew us to this historic district is its reputation for edgy street art emblazoned on its walls and bahnhof (station) environs.
We also stayed for the quiet, leafy streets marked by industrial edifices sporting mysterious graffiti, with the Helios Lighthouse and Colonious telecommunications tower looming in the backdrop.
Street Art at Ehrenfeld
The journey through Ehrenfeld’s renowned street art began the moment we exited the bahnhof
and continued well into the nearby walls and streets.
This work of art represents the Edelweiss pirates, escaped detainees from concentration camps who went on to form an anti-Nazi resistance group in 1944. In November the same year, 13 of them were publicly hanged in Cologne. But their bravery continues to sadden and inspire with evocative expressions such as this.
Both famous street artists and unknown local talents find a place on the walls of Ehrenfeld.
This boy promises to give you the truth, as it is. That reflects the general German ethos of brutal honesty rather well!
Posing with the ‘N’ of Ehrenfeld
This 3D mosaic face could compete with many famous works of art. We wish we could frame it for our home (maybe we will!).
Flea Markets in Ehrenfeld
Clothes, shoes and accessories from the Orient and the Middle-East were available at throwaway prices at this flea market in Ehrenfeld.
Visitors also amused themselves by taking the stage and lip-syncing to recorded music!
Things to See in Ehrenfeld
The Helios lighthouse is what remains of an erstwhile German electrical engineering company. Now the compound houses other offices.
Colonius, the telecommunications tower of Cologne, also serves as a viewing platform for the city.
How to Reach Ehrenfeld
Take any train or tram to Ehrenfeld bahnhof. The streets are best explored on foot or by bicycles. Other things to do in Ehrenfeld include visiting the Melatonfriedof cemetery, the Cologne Central Mosque and Neptunbad Spa.