We had long wanted to visit Köln or Cologne, the fourth largest city in Germany.
We were counting down to our move back to the States and had to make it a day trip. We had to get a special emissions test and sticker to travel into the city.
We parked and walked around the Cathedral.
Our first stop was Früh.
Even though 90% of the city was destroyed during WWII, the brewery was spared.
While we didn’t partake in traditional Halve Hahn, we did have a lovely meal of fish, cold beef, potatoes, veggies, and salad.
After lunch, we toured the Cathedral.
One of my favorite carols is I Saw Three Ships.
The lyrics mention the ships sailing into Bethlehem, but the nearest body of water is the Dead Sea about 20 miles (32 km) away. The reference to three ships is thought to originate in the three ships that bore the purported relics of the Biblical magi to Cologne Cathedral in the 12th century. Another possible reference is to Wenceslaus II, King of Bohemia, who bore a coat of arms “Azure three galleys argent”. Another suggestion is that the ships are actually the camels used by the Magi, as camels are frequently referred to as “ships of the desert”.
St. Agilulfus altar and shrine:
The Shrine of the Three Kings is the largest reliquary in the world.
We watched a chalk artist and some musicians in the courtyard.
It was a very warm day and we dipped our toes in a fountain!
We had some lovely ice cream before heading home.
More Things to Do and See in Cologne:
- Fragrance Museum
- Chocolate Museum
- Cologne Zoo
- Boat Trip on the Rhine
- Hänneschen Theatre
- Köln Triangle Panorama
- Olympic Museum
- Kolner Seilbahn Cable Car
- Groß St. Martin
- St. Maria Im Kapitol
- Ludwig Museum
- Romano-Germanic Museum
- Wallraf-Richartz Museum
- Museum Für Angewandte Kunst Köln
- Kolumba Museum
- Schnütgen Museum
- Belgian Quarter
- Cologne’s Old Town
- St Gereon’s Basilica
- Botanical Garden
- Hohenzollern Bridge with Love Locks
- National Socialism Documentation Center
- Rheinauhafen District
- FC Köln
- Christmas Market Cologne