Cologne the Oldest City in Germany
The city of Cologne is one of the oldest in Germany and one of the most modern ones right now. Its charming past history matches with its fine traditions of hospitality and eagerness to please the visitors now. It bore the brunt of the World War II in the form of the destruction of some fine buildings but there was great attention to rebuild the city, which largely has succeeded due to the will power of the people.
The Rhine River with its majestic sweep gives Cologne an edge of grace and charm. The Hohenzollern Bridge across the River is a visual feast besides its great utility for the citizens in a dozen ways. The magnificent view of the bridge and some great structures in the background like cathedrals are covered with beauty and aesthetic delight.
The Cologne Cathedral has been declared a World Heritage Site and rightly so. A fine view of it from across the river is just a prelude to the grace and charm of the place when seen from closer view and its hoary history and unique place in the hearts of the people were demonstrated when more than a million people visited it during World Youth Day during 2005. The spires, arcades, carved stalls and glass works are a delight and induce a deep introspective mood in the minds of the visitors. The Shrine of Three Kings, a relic of the 13th century is the most prized possession in the Cathedral.
But it must be remembered that there are a dozen more Churches of great magnificence and antiquity though not as illustrious as the Cologne, none the less having their own peace and charm. They are a delight to the pious as well as the seekers of the past relics.
The whole world knows the fragrance of eu de cologne and the fine Fragrance Museum stands a testimony to its origin, grown and contemporary settings. As if the city does not emit a cultural fragrance of its own, this delight to the nostrils is a marvel and the museum is also a feat to the eyes!
While Museum Ludwig is renowned for its collection of modern art work, we have Romisch-Germanisches Museum housing collections from the Roman settlement days through the medieval times! The exceptionally painstaking collection of glass works here is a must to be seen by every visitor and delights our intellectual and aesthetic curiosities.
The St.Martin’s Church, Koln Turm, Hohenzollernbrucke, Herz Jesu Kirche are some other buildings of enduring beauty adorning the city.
Such ordinary conveniences like Tramline and trains offer a fascinating diversion and a trip in them is remarkable for the convenience and range of facilities for the travellers. The city encourages bicycling and has promoted the use of cycles to promote eco friendly outlook.
Cologne is a great centre of learning as well with University of Cologne occupying a prime spot. The city is noted for its TV and other media centres. Its Carnival draws huge crowds from all parts of Europe.
Accommodation is no problem though during festive times advance booking is necessary. Cologne Marriot Hotel, Renaissance Kohl Hotel, Euro Garden Mark Hotel are some of the famous star hotels. But there are plenty of youth hostels and budget accommodation available.
There is no dearth of transport facilities in Cologne. You have, depending on family or group requirements or for business groups facilities available for sight seeing in great comfort.
Food and beer are an intrinsic trade mark of Cologne to please the visitors. There are dozens of fine hotels catering to the needs of diverse visitors. The only constraint is your capacity to enjoy.
Cologne is a beautiful blend of the past and the present, beckoning you to a bright future. Have a nice time.