Escape to Köln

One of the cities we’re in love with from Germany and feel it as part of our hearts is Cologne (Köln). And you will understand why, after reading this post. 

We took the opportunity of the Catholic Easter holiday weekend to make an escape to this fabulous city for the third time. We’ve visited it for the first time in 2013 and every time we see it, it’s different, more beautiful, interesting and something new to discover. The most attractive element is its laying along the Rhine river. You can take a short trip with a boat if you have enough time.

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Of course, its beauty is completed by the Roman  Catholic cathedral in Gothic style (Kölner Dom). Its restoration started in 1950s and has not been completed yet.

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Chocolate museum is another “delicious” element to be marked.

Just to make sure you’re not losing anything to view on the list, especially if you don’t have too much time available but a city break weekend, the best option is to take a sightseeing tour with the bus in your first day. We did that in our first trip and we were impressed.

Well, Hohenzollern bridge is the reason we come back to this city. This is the bridge of lovers. You can inscribe your name and your partner’s name on a padlock and lock it here along the love bridge and throw the key into the Rhine. This is what we’ve done on our first time here.

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Because of the Rhine, the wind blows strongly in winter time and even if it’s spring, and it rains a lot. I recommend visiting Köln in summer time, when the weather is more friendly. We’ve had two beautiful days with rays of sunshine and just a few innocent clouds, but no rain, except the third day when we left.

 

As for the shopping lovers, here is some kind of paradise. The never ending street is crowded with shops from mass-market to big labels. I have marked a few vintage shops which impressed me.

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After the shopping session, you can get some rest in one of the coffee shops spread all over the downtown. 

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How about you? Have you visited Köln or any other city from Germany? What impressed you the most?

 

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