Köln- a.k.a Cologne
Trip Start May 06, 2009
25Trip End Jun 30, 2009
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When we got to Köln, we emerged from the train station and saw the jaw-dropping cathedral looming upon us. Köln is home to Germany's greatest Gothic cathedral and its best collection of Roman artifacts
For dinner, we went to a place we had spotted on our way to the hotel. It caught our eyes because it was full of drunken Germans, who appeared to be having a great time. It was packed. Inside, was a traditional German beer hall, with long bench tables and draft beer flowing like we've never seen before. The local beer is called Mühlen Kolsch (Köln's locally brewed beer) and we had quite a few! We were sat with a German couple that were just finishing. When they left, two other travellers sat: one from Glasgow, and the other from Liverpool (not a fan of the team though). They had already been to Brussels and Luxembourg earlier that day, and were on a mission to get drunk. We had giant Bockwurst sausage, with fries and sauerkraut- it was amazing. As we had a smoke outside, it was amazing to see that everyone who left were laughing and having a great time
Sunday morning. Got a coffee and a chocolate, almond-covered pretzel, and made reservations for our train to Berlin. Next up may surprise you-12:00pm mass with the Bishop- that's right, I said it! After mass, we had Arabic food and went ot the Ludwig Art Museum. It had many Picasso pieces, as well as Salvador Dali. We also visited the Romanic-German Museum, which had a fascinating display of Roman artifacts. We then returned to the cathedral to see the treasury, which are housed in the cathedral's 13th century stone cellar vaults, and then bravely climbed all 509 steps of the spire. The view of the city from up top is spectacular. We just got back to the hotel, and now finally have a chance to post this blog at the internet cafe. Sorry, but pictures will have to follow tomorrow. Off tomorrow to tear down the wall, and reunite Germany. Berlin, here we come!
Love, Paul and Jules