So, Cologne is Germany's fourth largest city. It is located on both sides of the Rhine River.
Cologne was founded and established in the first century AD, as the Roman Colonia. It was the capital of the Roman province of Germania Inferior and the headquarters of the military in the region until occupied by the Franks in 462. It is hard for me as a layman talk about the history of this city, the fact is that at each step may be seen its connection with the Roman Empire, which testifies long and rich history of this city.
Besides the Cologne Cathedral (I mentioned it in my previous post) there is also Romano Germanic Museum. Since it was closed on New Year's Eve, I couldn't enter and see a treasure which is exposed in it, I just looked a bit through the window and, you know, now I have a reason to come back :)!
St. Martin Church
Cologne has a lot of nice spots to visit, but this time we didn't want to spend a lot of time in sightseeing, our short stay we mainly dedicated to the Cathedral and stroll along the river. What a pleasure!
However, walking through the city we saw City hall, the St. Martin Church, 4711 House (house of Cologne-scent) and ...... finally welcoming the New Year. The people were constantly arriving on the banks of the river and on the bridges to make fireworks to welcome the New Year.
This trip to the Krka has been recently, and this, to Cologne was for New Year.
I checked my posts about New Year's Eve in Paris last year, well I wrote them in March, and this year about New Year's Eve I am writing in June, I'm really making progress :).
Let's see what it was like in Cologne.
I actually knew very little about Cologne, except of course that I heard for the famous cathedral, and in fact the cathedral was important to see and the rest ...
The cathedral dominates the city and together with a bridge, which stands next to the cathedral, make a beautiful image of the city. Cologne's Cathedral is the landmark in the city and serves as the seat of the Archbishop of Cologne. It is one of the largest churches in the world and for some time the cathedral even held the title of the world's tallest building. It's dedicated to St. Peter and the Blessed Virgin Mary. During the World War II Cologne Cathedral was hit by an estimated 70 bombs and was severely damaged though not totally destroyed. Repairs started after the war and were completed in 1956. The exterior is beautifully decorated with plenty of statues, bar tracery, pinnacles and gargoyles.
Tower climb is possible daily for 3 Euro. Make sure you're ready for a climb of 533 steps, there is no elevator in tower. I did it barely!
Of the seven bridges that cross the Rhine river in Cologne, the Hohenzollernbrücke is the most famous thanks in part to its location near the cathedral. It is also the oldest bridge, built between 1907 and 1911. Today people leave a proof of their love on it. Nice and crowded!
I love water and I feel it with all my senses, I love the smell, the sound, the taste of the water, I love to be close to the water.
In the summer I enjoy the sea on my beach in my city, in the spring or autumn or even winter I like to escape to these wonderful places where the water is master and servant at the same time.
After contact with the water I feel reborn.
Last year my husband and I visited the Plitvice National Park, this year we decided to go to the waterfalls of Krka. There is nothing more to tell.
My husband and I passed through this unspeakable beauty, and enjoyed every minute of it without words.
What a relaxation .... what a joy ... revival!
Here's a link if you want to find out more about NP Krka. http://www.npkrka.hr/
and here are my photos.