"Cologne is In-spire-ing!" Cologne by yooperprof

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It took almost 600 years to finish building Cologne's Cathedral. Work on the enormous and intricate monument halted in the late middle ages, and only picked up again in the early 1800s. It very nearly was reduced to rubble in World War II, but even though the city of Cologne was firebombed, damage to the Cathedral was relatively minor, and the Cathedral stands today as a fitting monument to the continuity of German history.

Nosing around the city center!

"Tünnes" and "Schäl" represent the dialectical spirit of Cologne and its people. Tünnes, short and stout, stands for the free-spirited, uncontrolled side of human nature. Schäl, tall and precise, represents the orderly and rational portion of our personalities. Cologne encompasses both personas. It's a carnival city that's also a center of scholarship and culture.

Sit back and enjoy the city! Yes, Köln has an abundance of fascinating museums, and a unique collection of Romanesque Churches, and a World Heritage Site that couldn't be more convenient for the Train Station! But you've not really experienced the city unless you've spent time in a cafe - preferably outdoors - relaxing and enjoying the comfortable city of this Rhenish masterpiece.

  • Last visit to Cologne: May 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2009 at 5:14 PM

    Hi Chet, I also prefer kölsch to altbier -- but I didn't say that out loud in Düsseldorf! Cheers, Bill

  • HORSCHECK's Profile Photo
    Jul 22, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Chet, fabulous little page with brilliant photos of Cologne. I especially like the Romanesque Churches, which I have visited just lately. Well done.

  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    thanks your tips are going to be of great help planning my trip ;-)

  • Jan 9, 2007 at 9:51 AM

    pretty its like heaven

  • Nemorino's Profile Photo
    Sep 7, 2006 at 11:57 PM

    Fine new page about Cologne. Great that you had such a close view of Alfred Brendel's "bemused profile and his agile hands."


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