If you ask me to tell you if it is worth taking a trip to Cologne, I would answer the following:
Yes, it is worth seeing this place! It constitutes a beautiful typical German urban centre with interesting sights. Everything here revolves round the world famous cathedral, the emblem and in the same time the heart of this city of Rhine, which peacefully emerges in the city centre like a giant guardian!
Cologne is the fourth biggest city of Germany after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich and the biggest city of the tiny state of the North Rhine-Westphalia. It is built in both the shores of the Rhine river and it shares a fraternization with our Thessaloniki since 1988! It has the biggest sight of Germany which is the cathedral with a lovely romantic night view. And not just that!
Let’s put things in an order.
The most imposing place of Cologne (and its trademark) is the cathedral or the Dom of Cologne which is one of the largest and most famous buildings of gothic order worldwide. Its size and mass make you feel so unimportant and small at the sight of this majestic creation! Crowds line up to visit its interior with a free entrance for the public. In 1996 it was pronounced a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and it is the second highest temple of Germany (with 157 meters height) and the third worldwide. Regardless of your interests or the point of the interest you entertain for churches or monuments of architecture, the visit in the cathedral of Cologne is appreciated as imperative.
“The bridge and the padlocks of love”
An equally important symbol of Cologne is the bridge Hohenzollernbrucke which is located in one of the most central spots of the city. It crosses through the Rhine and unites the old town of Cologne with the suburb of Deutz. What will cause your interest are the thousands of padlocks of love which are locked in all its length. You can lose your sight in all those colorful little padlocks! It is about a custom according to which couples write messages on padlocks, make a wish, they lock them and after that they throw the key in Rhine.
The view is magnificent. I believe it is the best view to admire the cathedral of Cologne. KolnTriangle Panorama- the public visit platform over the roof of KolnTriangle, in 100 meters height, offers a magnificent view of the city of Cologne, the Rhine with its bridges, and the surrounding area as well. In order to reach the platform you go up 32 floors directly with the elevator. But the platform Panorama, not only offers amazing view, but awakens all your senses as well. You can feel the wind passing over the roofs of the city, you can hear the soft sounds of the vibrating metropolis in the shores of the Rhine river, and let the wilderness of the view do all of its magic- enjoy!
If you are lucky enough to visit Cologne in holiday period you will feel the Christmas vibration beating in “Weihnachtsmarkt”!!! It is a lovely market with many MANY Christmas little houses which sell various dainties, delicious sausages, Christmas pastry and lots of ornaments. In the middle of this market there is a stage where you can enjoy live music under thousands of fairy lights. And of course it is not possible not to taste the amazing fragrant gingerbread, steaming hot sausages bratwurst and hot wine gluhvein (hot fragrant red wine). The celebrating atmosphere in the open-air Christmas markets of Germany, cannot be described by words. It takes all senses to realize its meaning!
And of course it is not meant to leave Cologne without tasting an original Cologne beer! There are pubs everywhere dotted around the central square and the scenic alleys. In these places, Cologne beer- the national city’s drink- flows like a river, there are specialties from the region of Rhine served and the mood is usually relaxed, warm and joyful. An empty beer glass is replaced without even being asked from the costumer: Anyone who does not want to drink more, just places the sous-verre above the cup. Or doesn’t finish the content of his glass!
- Did you know that the original…cologne had been manufactured for the first time in Cologne!!? (Its name derives from the place.)
The old perfume Eau de Cologne/4711 Haus was compounded for the first time in Cologne, in the beginning of the 18th century, from the Italian Johan Maria Farina and it is distributed still in our times.
I hope you got a little sniff of the scent…..of Cologne!!!xxx