Germany – November 2014 – Day 11 (Cologne)

At 8 AM, we left our room for the day. Our walk through the hotel lobby would reveal the party was over. The local drunks were replaced by the occasional tourist and business traveler. Since we spent a day wine tasting, it would mean only one day in Germany’s fourth largest city. It is the hometown of Italian expatriate Johann Maria Farina, who created a fragrance and named it after the city. Eau de Cologne or “water from Cologne” is still famous the world over, and is still produced in Cologne today. Cologne has its own beer, which is known as Kölsch. Like many large German cities that we visited, Cologne was hit very hard during WWII. There were over 200 air raids that wiped out the city center and close to 20,000 civilian casualties,. By the end of the war, the population of Cologne had been reduced by 95 percent and essentially all of Cologne’s pre-war Jewish population of 11,000 had been deported or killed by the Nazis. Our visit was on friendlier terms, we were here to enjoy Cologne’s rich culture. Shop in the Belgium Quarter, visit the chocolate museum. But, first we walked through Tunisstrasse, one of the main shopping streets in the city, to get to the Christmas markets.

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Shopping on Tunisstrasse – Cologne, Germany

 

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Shopping on Tunisstrasse – Cologne, Germany

Peek & Cloppenburg
Schildergasse 65 -67
50667 Cologne, Germany
http://www.peek-cloppenburg.com/en/web-en/

We started with

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Peek & Cloppenburg on Tunisstrasse – Cologne, Germany

 

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Berliners stall – Shopping on Tunisstrasse – Cologne, Germany

 

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Shopping on Tunisstrasse – Cologne, Germany

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Eau de Cologne Shop near Cologne Cathedral – Cologne, Germany

 

Cologne Christmas Market
www.germany-christmas-market.org.uk/cologne_christmas_market.php

 

There are several Christmas markets spread throughout central Cologne and they go for days, which is why we ended up missing the Belgium Quarter and the chocolate museum. We spent half the day in the various markets trying food, looking at decorations and people watching. The best things we tried were the ham sandwich and the freshly made candy. Both beyond exceptional.

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets, Kartoffelpuffer (fried potato cakes with apple sauce and sour cream) – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets, Grünkohl mit Einlage (Kale with sausage)- Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets, Grünkohl mit Einlage (Kale with sausage) – Cologne, Germany

 

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Christmas Markets, Stollen – Cologne, Germany

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Christmas Markets, Moutarde de Montjoie stall (Monschau Mustard) – Cologne, Germany

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Christmas Markets – Cologne, Germany

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Christmas Markets, Stollen vendor – Cologne, Germany

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Christmas Markets, Flammkuchen cooking (flatbread pizza) – Cologne, Germany

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Christmas Markets, making ham sandwiches – Cologne, Germany

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Christmas Markets, Ham sandwich – Cologne, Germany

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Christmas Markets, wurst vendor – Cologne, Germany




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Christmas Markets, handmade candy vendor – Cologne, Germany

 

(Making Candy at the Cologne Christmas Market in Cologne, Germany)

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Christmas Markets, Cologne Cathedral shaped waffles – Cologne, Germany

Galeria Kaufhof
Hohe Str. 41-53
50667 Cologne, Germany
galeria-kaufhof.de

 

Given we were trying to bring home some quality Christmas decorations, we thought some high-end department stores would be worth a look. Kaufhof had a large selection, but most of it was your run of the mill type. We passed on the Christmas shopping there, but did manage to purchase some more mustard and gummy candy.

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Galeria Kaufhof, Cologne, Germany

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Galeria Kaufhof, Cologne, Germany

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Galeria Kaufhof, Cologne, Germany

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Galeria Kaufhof, Cologne, Germany

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Galeria Kaufhof, gummy candy selection – Cologne, Germany


Cologne Cathedral

Domkloster 4
50667 Cologne, Germany
koelner-dom.de

 

The Cologne Cathedral was constructed in the 13th century and last several centuries, only to be heavily damaged during WWII. Even though Cologne Cathedral was hit by 14 large aerial bombs it survived also the Second World War. Many years of reconstruction followed. Modern construction styles were used.  The most conspicuous mark of the post war era which can be seen in the picture is the modern crossing tower.

The foundation stone of the Gothic Cathedral was laid on 15 August 1248 on the celebration of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. Apparently the Old Cathedral was no longer sufficiently representative to house the mortal remains of the Three Kings, which Archbishop Rainald von Dassel brought back to the cathedral city in 1164 from the conquered city of Milan. These relics made the Cathedral one of the most important pilgrimage destinations in Europe. In the early 16th century, building was stopped – partly due to lack of money, partly due to lack of interest.

At this point the chancel, the lower section of the South Tower with bell tower as well as the long nave and the cross nave were completed up to the lower arcades. The North Tower was almost completely nonexistent. For more than 300 years, the city’s panorama was dominated by the mighty torso with a huge building crane on the incomplete South Tower.

Around the turn of the 19th century the supporters of the German Romantic movement reawakened public interest in the completion of the Cathedral thanks to their enthusiasm for the Middle Ages. Continuation and completion of the building now became a matter of national interest to the Germans. In 1842 King Friedrich Wilhelm IV laid the foundation stone marking the continuation of building work. The Cathedral was completed in 1880 – in accordance with the plan originating from the Middle Ages – in a record time of just 38 years.

It is nothing short of a miracle that, although badly damaged, Cologne Cathedral survived the Second World War in spite of extensive bombing. Nowadays the main factors affecting the Cathedral are weather and environmental influences. Over 80 stonemasons, glaziers, roofers and other specialists are constantly at work on the maintenance and restoration of the Cathedral building.
http://www.cologne.de/what-to-do/the-cologne-cathedral.html

During our visit, there was a holiday event occupying the inside, so we spent most of our time climbing the tower. There is a warning at the base informing patrons that the height of the tower is 475 feet, has 533 steps and requires 30 minutes to go up and down. To see the cathedral in person, was worth the seven hour drive to western Germany.

 

 

 

 

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

(Inside Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany)

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, view of Hohenzollern Bridge – Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, view of Christmas markets below – Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, view of Cologne – Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany


(Jen Singing Christmas Songs Atop Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, Germany)

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

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Cologne Cathedral, Cologne, Germany

(Puppet show in the Cologne Cathdral Infomation Center in Cologne, Germany)

They had a puppet show in the Cologne Cathdral Information Center. I couldn’t take it for more than a few minutes, but it seemed be enjoyed by children, the inebriated and mentally handicapped.

Hohenzollern Bridge
50679 Cologne, Germany
http://www.stadt-koeln.de/leben-in-koeln/planen-bauen/bruecken/hohenzollernbruecke

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Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

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Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

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Love locks – Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

(Hohenzollern Bridge’s Love Locks in Cologne, Germany)

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Love locks – Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

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Love locks – Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

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Love locks – Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

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Love locks – Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

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Love locks – Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

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Love locks – Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

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Love locks – Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

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Love locks – Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

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Love locks – Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

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Hohenzollern Bridge, Cologne, Germany

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KölnTriangle, Cologne, Germany

 

 

 

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Christmas tree in Cologne, Germany

Brauhaus Sion
Unter Taschenmacher 5-7
50667 Cologne, Germany
http://brauhaussion.de/

 

We ended our brief stay in Cologne with a famous local dish Himmel un Ääd, or heaven and hell. An entree that consists of black pudding, fried onions, apple sauce and mashed potatoes. The name originating from the name of two of the main ingredients: the apples coming from the trees, i.e. from up in the sky, and the potatoes coming from the ground.

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Brauhaus Sion, Cologne, Germany

 

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Dining room – Brauhaus Sion, Cologne, Germany

 

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Sion Beer 7/10 – Brauhaus Sion, Cologne, Germany

 

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Halver Hahn rye roll with butter and medium-aged Gouda 5/10 – Brauhaus Sion, Cologne, Germany

 

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Bite of tartar on two halves of rye roll with red onions 6/10 – Brauhaus Sion, Cologne, Germany

 

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Cologne Domkranz “Prince Frank I.” – Sausage coil with savoy cabbage, roast potatoes and Sion Kölsch sauce 3/10 – Brauhaus Sion, Cologne, Germany

 

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Himmel un Ääd- fried blood sausage on Kartoffelpüreeund apple sauce to fried onions 3/10 – Brauhaus Sion, Cologne, Germany

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