Altstadt Nord

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  • Day16

    Cologne, Germany

    September 18, 2016 in Germany

    We were in Cologne for two nights at the first Airbnb we renteded on the trip. It was a nice change to have a little more space than just a hotel room but as Americans everything is just smaller to us in Europe. We even managed to order in one night with this bicycle service we kept seeing all around town called Foodora. We ordered Thai food for a change off a German menu and it wasn't that bad! Luckily Mitch downloaded this awesome app on his phone that allows you to scan any text like a menu, website, etc that will be translated to English. Its saved us at several places so far!

    Aside from that, Cologne was an interesting city. Its history dates back to the Romans which also can be seen around town with archived ruins that are still preserved. There is also the Cologne Cathedral which took several hundred years to build starting around 1200 that sits in the middle of the city. It is a pretty sight from near and far espeically across the Rhine River at sunset.

    During our walking tour we learned quite a bit about the WWII history, which around 90% of the city was destroyed. Fortunately the cathedral was not destroyed most likely because it was used as a navigation point for the bombers. Still today they find bombs in the ground around the city when they start new construction and have to take precaution to have them removed carefully.
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  • Day7

    Cologne (DE)

    July 14, 2017 in Germany

    Not all green pastures, and tranquil meadows. This northern section of the Rhine is also known as the Industrial Ruins. Slow going and without a GPS it would be even worse.

    Rode through Duisburg (couldn't help myself and stopped at a Starbucks for a cappuccino) also Europe's largest inland port, then to Dusseldorf (the Tour de France started here 2 weeks ago), then to Cologne (one of the oldest cities in Germany.

    The biggest landmark in Cologne is the gothic style Cologne Cathedral completed in 1880 and took 632 years to build !
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  • Day29

    Cruising through Cologne area

    April 23, 2017 in Germany

    Today we cruised along the Rhine towards Bonn, Germany. Originally we were scheduled to dock in Cologne but there was a protest scheduled by some extreme right wing parties so we skipped along to Bonn instead. The countryside was dotted with small villages with pretty houses and churches. It really is a nice way to travel. Mostly you get to see the good sides of villages and towns as everyone builds houses and buildings to have a view of the river. We did also see some pretty large factories and powerstations that also get built along riverbanks.Read more

  • Day24

    Roman-Germanic Museum

    August 15, 2017 in Germany

    Another rainy day here in Germany. Finally one of the places I've stayed in had an umbrella, which made the 10 minute walk over to the museum much more tolerable.

    The museum is packed to the gills with Roman artifacts excavated here in Köln or along the Rhine. I particularly enjoyed the various weapons and tools from pre-civilization eras, but the coins and jewelry from the Roman empire were fascinating as well.

    Went back to the brewery for lunch to earn more tickmarks on a coaster, but no cases of mistaken identity this time.
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  • Day62

    All about navigation today as due to all the recent rain a lot of the cycle route along the river was closed. Normally wouldn't mind a bit of re-navifation but in a valley with limited options apart from a busy road it wasn't great but more importantly I needed to find a bar by 3pm for the England Wales game!

    After a short stint on the road I went back the river path and things had improved so headed to Bonn and managed to find a trusty Irish bar to watch the game with randomly a group of Germans who were supporting England.

    After the game it was best part of the day and had a really nice evening ride upto Cologne. Very vibrant city and while place was buzzing for the German game against Poland. Great atmosphere in town and good to watch the game with local fans.
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  • Day7

    Cologne love bridge

    September 12, 2017 in Germany

    So,the idea is to buy a pad lock with two keys, write your names on the lock, lock it onto the bridge, and then both people throw the keys into the Rhine vowing their love forever. This bridge is more than a quarter mile long. >100,000 locks.

  • Day9

    Liége - Köln

    August 25 in Germany

    Letzter Tag unserer Tour de France lite, heute bereits komplett außerhalb Frankreichs. Dafür durch gleich 3 Länder, Belgien 🇧🇪, Niederlande 🇳🇱 und natürlich Deutschland 🇩🇪.
    Aber fangen wir vorne an: Nach einer Nacht in der Jugendherberge - Bernd und ich haben die oberen Etagen im Doppelstockbett belegt - wurden wir mit einem wirklich guten Frühstück überrascht. Das war in 🇫🇷 nicht unbedingt der Fall. Die Nacht hatte es stark geregnet und dem entsprechend war es stark abgekühlt. Also heute wärmer anziehen.
    Glücklicherweise blies uns der kühle Wind 💨 nicht ins Gesicht sondern über die Felder zwischen Aachen und Köln zügig Richtung Heimat. Ab und zu gab‘s ein paar 💦 von oben, aber richtig unangenehm nass würde es erst in Köln. Die Fahrt von Decathlon zum Dom war sicher für Bernd ein Highlight, der die ganze Gruppe sicher durch Köln geleitet hat, aber gut organisiert war die Sache nicht. Sei’s drum. Alle sind unverletzt, wenn auch ordentlich nass und durchgefroren am Dom angekommen und konnten sich zum Abschlussfoto vor der tollen Kulisse aufstellen. Insbesondere für die Teilnehmer, die nicht aus der Gegend sind, sicher der krönende Abschluss einer tollen Woche.
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  • Day1


    November 23, 2016 in Germany

    I ended my period Barcelona in the morning with breakfasting with my new friends and family and being brought to the airport. After arriving in colonia after seven month, I went directly to my first shift at the Christmas market. Funny one of my roommates from Barcelona, Anni, was working there too and another one, Tim, was visiting us :) I worked at the christmas market, selling Glühwein almost every day for five weeks, to earn some money for the next period of my life: Greece. But also it was a nice opportunity to see again my old friends and my boys - and the new girl :) - of my old shared flat :)
    It was a very very nice and exhausting time in colonia where I saw my old life connected with the new version of me
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  • Day7

    Walking Tour of Cologne

    June 16, 2016 in Germany

    We arrived in Cologne at 3 o'clock and walked around for a few hours taking in this rather gothic town.

    Cologne has 2,000-year-old city spanning the Rhine River in western Germany, is the region’s cultural hub.

    Cologne importance in the Middle Ages is reflected by its 12 Romanesque Chuches

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