Thursday, 31 August 2017

Train from London to Cologne

This morning, think it was the sound of bells that woke me this morning. While the room is fairly soundproof, Cologne has a lot of churches – including the one across the street. Was ready for breakfast and found it was a step or two above what I’m used to. The servers were professional and very friendly. Good way to start the day.

Got myself ready and walked to the Cologne Cathedral which is also visible from my room. (See below.) I didn’t know if I wanted to visit the cathedral first or take a “hop on / hop off” bus. When I saw two of these buses waiting nearby on the side of the road, I figured they were waiting for me.

I first tried (the only time) one of these buses was when Mary (friend from Stornoway, Scotland) visited me in Dublin. She hadn’t been to Dublin, and was only in town for a few days, so figured it was a good way to see the city. I’m only in Cologne for a few days, and not knowing what I wanted to see, it was an excellent way to quickly soak it all in and learn more about the city.

Was an extensive tour that zig-zagged through the city on both sides of the Rhine. I didn’t realize how much of the city was destroyed during World War II. Though many of the old sections have been restored or were not affected. Many nice parks are throughout the city. Took a few pictures from the bus.

After the bus ride I walked into the cathedral which was just across the street from where they let us off. I stopped at the cathedral’s entrance.

Front of Door

From Wikipedia: Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom, officially Hohe Domkirche Sankt Petrus) It is a renowned monument of German Catholicism and Gothic architecture and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1996. It is Germany’s most visited landmark, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day and currently the tallest twin-spired church at 515 feet tall. Construction of Cologne Cathedral commenced in 1248 and was halted in 1473, leaving it unfinished. Work restarted in the 19th century and was completed, to the original plan, in 1880.

I took several pictures from inside. They don’t really show how very large it is inside. Beautiful and vast is about how I’d describe it. I’ll have to come back for another visit.

Window is made from small cut glass

Also by the cathedral were some pictures that showed the devastation after the war. Very sad to see the impact to this very old city.

Just relaxed this evening. The room I’m in is very quiet and roomy, with a nice view.

Tomorrow I’m planning to take a boat tour up and down the Rhine. Also to visit the church across the street and walk around some.

 

 

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