Cologne Travel Blog

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We spent this weekend in Cologne, the oldest city in Germany.  The city is best known as the home of Kölner Dom, the largest and second tallest cathedral in the world.  It is one of the few historic buildings left in Cologne, as the city was essentially destroyed during WWII.  It is difficult to imagine that a war was going on here...Cologne was the first place I really understood that.  The cathedral has been mostly rebuilt, and it is quite grand and quite beautiful.

The city is also famous for its beer.  People are drinking it everywhere at all times of day.  This was proven when we were looking for coffee in the morning and the cafés were split evenly between coffee drinkers and beer drinkers!  It must not be pretty when the euphoria wears off.

We were able to enjoy panoramic views of the city from a cable car and the brand-new KölnTriangle skyscraper.  In Paris, they say the best view of the city is from a skyscraper called Tour Montparnasse because it is the only place in Paris whree you cannot see the Tour Montparnasse…the same is true for the KölnTriangle!  All kidding aside, the view was lovely. 

Again this weekend we stumbled upon a road race.  Usually, I cannot relate to running a race, because you are running toward a finish line.  When you get to the finish line, you still have to go somewhere else because it isn’t a destination in and of itself.  This race was different…the finish line was in front of the Chocolate Museum.  This is an incentive that would inspire me to keep running. 

One thing that was less than fab was the pollution in Cologne.  The area is very industrial and the fumes from the cars are quite agressive.  Luckily this is only noticable on the perimeter of the city as the center is more pedestrians than cars.

Overall, I would say Cologne is worth a quick visit but a day or two is plenty enough.

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