A day trip to Köln, Germany

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Driving from Monschau to Cologne.
Cologne
Cologne (German: Köln) is Germany's fourth-largest city after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, and is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants. It is one of the oldest cities in
Germany, having been founded by the Romans in the year 38 BC. Cologne was granted the status of a Roman "city" in the year 50 AD.

Cologne lies on the River Rhine. The city's famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. The University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln) is one of Europe's oldest universities.


Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral is one of the world's largest churches, being the largest Gothic church in
Northern Europe. For four years, 1880-84, it was the tallest structure in the world, until the completion of the Washington Monument followed by the Eiffel Tower. It has the second-tallest church spires, only surpassed by the single spire of Ulm Cathedral, completed ten years later in 1890. Because of its enormous twin spires, it also presents the largest façade of any church in the world.

The most celebrated work of art in the cathedral is the Shrine of the Three Kings, a large gilded sarcophagus dating from the 13th century, and the largest reliquary in the Western world. It is traditionally believed to hold the remains of the Three Wise Men, whose bones and 2,000-year-old clothes were discovered at the opening of the shrine in 1864.

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Driving from Monschau to Cologne.
Driving from Monschau to Cologne.
Cologne Cathedral is one of the wo…
Cologne Cathedral is one of the w…
Inside the Cathedral
Inside the Cathedral
Cologne train station.
Cologne train station.
Have a break, have a glass of beer…
Have a break, have a glass of bee…
Fruits stall in the shopping stree…
Fruits stall in the shopping stre…
Shopping street.
Shopping street.
Cologne
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