"Cologne - Home of Germany's famous 'Dom' Cathedral" Cologne by jackfruit

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From the Roman times, Cologne (German Köln) has been a major religious and trading center. It's vantage point on the Rhine and on the overland route between Paris and Germany, made it a thriving bordertown. The first Christian Emperor Constantine made "Colonia" the center of a archbishopric. During the middle ages, the city regained it's holy status when the relics of the Magi were brought from Milan and the cathedral was built to house them. In the 18th century, the French made the city famous by exporting it's "Aqua" and dubbing it "Eau de Cologne". Completly destroyed by the WWII bombs, most of the city had to be reconstructed in the later half of the 20th century. Koln today remains the capital of Germany's Rhineland.

I arrived in Koln by the Thalys from Brussels. It was a quick 2 1/2 hr trip. Even though it was early April and the weather was a bit nippy, the city was bustling with foot traffic and nightlife.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Easily explored on foot; awe inspiring cathedral
  • Cons:Touristy and crowded
  • In a nutshell:Wonderful flavor of a German Medieval town
  • Last visit to Cologne: Apr 2004
  • Intro Updated Apr 18, 2004
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2009 at 5:26 AM

    When will I visit Cologne again I wonder?.... Thanks for bringing back the sweet memories of my stays there....

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Apr 24, 2004 at 7:11 AM

    The city that INspireS!!! HAHAHA!!! Lovely picture of the cieling of the Dom cathedral!!! Where are the art pictures?!!! So did you buy some original Cologne water?!!! HAHAHA!!!

  • radz's Profile Photo
    Apr 17, 2004 at 10:06 PM

    Nice start Suni,Hey this place is famous for perfume too?I cant wait to see castle pic:)))fast fast ehehehe Have nice weekend.


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