From one beer connoisseur’s city to another: onward to Cologne. Just a half hour’s train journey from Dusseldorf, Cologne is the home of Kölsch, a different speciality local brew to Altbier. Good to know: For the people of Cologne, Kölsch is more than just a beer. This pale, top-fermented brew is firmly embedded in the city’s culture and ranks alongside Cologne Cathedral as a symbol of the city and its surrounding region. In fact the history of Kölsch is almost as old as that of the cathedral! Records of Kölsch breweries date as far back as the 13th century. Today, 25 different Kölsch brands are produced. Some are made in large-scale breweries whilst others are produced in traditional microbreweries and mostly served in the rustic, convivial atmosphere of an adjoining inn.