"Cologne" Cologne by MichaelFalk1969
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Cologne - one of the oldest cities in Germany. Founded as "Colonia Agrippinensis" by the Romans - a medieval metropolis and political and religious center - one of the first German cities to adopt the principles of the French Revolution - and always a commercial hub as part of the economically flourishing Rhineland in the 19th century.
Don`t be disappointed though if at first glance, the historic past is hard to discover. Much has been destroyed in WW2 and where historic buildings have been reconstructed, they often exist near grubby apartment blocks from the 50`s. And yes, it rains much in Cologne. Maybe this is the reason why I am a bit critical on Cologne, but I never ever visited the city in good weather.
Apart from the Cathedral, Cologne boasts to have 12 churches built in the romanic style, there are many first-class museums, a fine zoo & aquarium, excellent restaurants and lots of shopping possibilities. And finally the 1. FC Köln, the local soccer club (I once supported) that for now seems again on its way into the major German soccer league (Bundesliga).
- Pros:Dom, Kölsch (beer), Chocolate museum, 1. FC Köln, Zoo
- Cons:many examples of grubby postwar-architecture, weather, traffic
- In a nutshell:Lots of attractions at second glance!
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