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Cologne, Germany

by MDee

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Germany

We had traveled to Cologne from Amsterdam in the summer few years back via train and is the most convenient and economical way to access places from almost anywhere in Europe.  Cologne is the largest city in Germany and fourth of most populated in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Once your train arrived at Cologne Central Station you will be greeted by the city’s landmark of High Gothic twin-spired architecture set amid reconstructed old town. Cologne Cathedral is also known for its gilded medieval reliquary and sweeping river views and is the most visited landmark where International pilgrimage are seen and is now a UNESCO site. Just adjacent from the Cathedral is a Romano-Germanic Museum- House the  Collection  of Roman Artifacts from which modern Cologne is built.

City Bus Tour around Cologne is the best way to explore the city. Hop-on and Hop-off the double decker bus to visit the many Cologne attractions. Select the 1day pass then board at any of the 16 stops and get to know the city landmarks. You can create your own personalized itinerary and Hop-on back. Visit the Cologne City Hall, the old town district that is bustling like the Roncalliplatz is a model of spire, Easy to locate at top the Cologne Cathedral, a superb piece of stone art and is worth checking when you are in the area, the historic Alter Market Square, the Chocolate factory. Which exhibits the entire history of chocolates. I admire Cologne’s panoramic view by water along the Rhine River either by day or night cruises, the old town view and the Hohenzollern Bridge unfold as you cruise along. The city views from the world- famous Rhine River is so magical, you may choose from a range of departure times. Have a refreshing cold drink from the bar while you sail as tour guides announces the illustrious history of Cologne by water.

The city has a lot of history, like in year 1709 a perfume maker from Italy moved to Cologne, Germany named Giovanni Maria Farina launch a fragrance in honor of his new hometown Cologne (a spirit-citrus perfume that reminds him of an Italian spring morning with mountains of daffodils and orange blossoms after the rain). He named it Eau de Cologne.

I also have such a personal memory about River Rhine even when I was a young girl growing up. A song by BOBBY HELM- Fraulein- Lonely River Rhine. Which I never knew I will be able to visit and see in my lifetime.” Do you have a memory like this? “Please leave me comment.

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