I was greeted with hot weather in Cologne. From what I can tell on the weather map, all of Germany is in the 30s and can possibly get into the 40s. I arrived in Cologne around 4:00PM so that gave me just over 5hrs to walk around. But with the weather, I wasn’t sure how much walking I wanted to do. Had to man up and battle the heat anyway.
It took me about 10 minutes to get from the train station to the hotel. I stayed at Lint Hotel Köln, which was located fairly close to the Rhein. My room was located on the 3rd floor. I forgot that in some places in the world, the 3rd floor is actually the 4th floor. And with no elevator service, it was a little tiring climbing up four flights of stairs with a suit case.
One of the main places that I wanted to see in Cologne was the Cathedral. I’ve seen pictures and miniature version of it in the past but when I saw it in person, I was amazed with its size. It was massive! I couldn’t take a picture of the whole thing with my camera so I had to use my smartphone to take a panoramic photograph of it.
Once you get inside, you can see even more how majestic the cathedral is. The nice thing about being inside was that it was nice and cool so I took my time walking around. It wasn’t as crowded as I thought it would be inside. There were a lot of people outside in the square so I though that inside would be just as crowded but it wasn’t. I walked around inside for about an hour or so. There was so much to take in. The ceiling looked like it could be 100ft high. Just looking up, it made me wonder how something like this could be constructed. I was a little bit in awe with the height of the ceiling and not to mention the intricate details of everything. From the outside you can see multiple spires, statues of saints and even gargoyles.
There were some restoration construction happening on the outside. My friend, Mel said that they’re trying to clean it up a bit. You can see in the picture above that one side of the church is darker than the other. I guess they’re attempting to power clean off the black material that’s covering everything but at the same time, they don’t want to damage anything in the process.
After visiting the cathedral, we took a walk around the Rhein. The Vikings tour boat was be boarded. I’ve seen commercials about this tour on television from time to time. I always thought that the ship was a bit larger than this. But perhaps this is the smaller version that stays within Cologne. The shore of the Rhein had lots of people, sitting around enjoying the day.
We crossed the Rhein on a bridge that was covered with love locks. I’ve seen these locks from the train but wasn’t sure how to get to this area. Also, I’ve heard that some places are starting to remove these locks because the weight is becoming too much for the structure to handle. It’s a little sad to hear but I guess safety first, right?
At the end of the day, we went up on the Cologne tower to take in a panoramic view of the city. In the observation deck, there are glass dividers that has outlines of famous buildings in the distance. It was unlikely that I would make it to all of these landmarks so it good to see what and where they are.
After the observation deck, Mel and I grabbed drinks in the nearby university district. Things were cheaper in there. It was nice to see Cologne and it was great catching up with Mel. I didn’t care too much about the sites. I haven’t seen Mel since she visited Canada a few years ago so it was good to hear that she’s doing well. And she was an awesome tour guide as well!