Oct
28

Rhine River Cruise Day 3 (Cologne)

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Our river cruise brought us to Cologne this morning – Germany’s fourth largest city.

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As we approached Cologne the massive cathedral dominated the skyline.

breakfast

Before venturing out into the city we had breakfast in our ship’s dining room.  We try to get a window table each time.  The food at all meals has been excellent!

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Our German tour guide led us on a two hour walking tour of Cologne – a city originally founded by the Romans 2000 years ago.  We learned that 90% of Cologne was destroyed by allied bombs in World War II.  Most of the old buildings we saw were reconstructions built after the war.

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The highlight of our walking tour was a visit to the Cologne Cathedral – the largest Gothic church in Germany and tallest Roman Catholic cathedral in the world.  The church took 600 years to build dating back to 1248.

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The cathedral was just as impressive on the inside.  While the church was bombed during the war some of the original sections were undamaged.  Services are still held here – we exited the church before the 12 noon gathering.

We are skipping the optional tour Viking is offering, a night time walking tour of Cologne’s beer halls, instead preferring to remain onboard for another delicious dinner, a lecture on the European Union, and a concert of classic German music.  Our ship remains docked until 11 pm, when we set sail for Koblenz, Germany.

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