Since I’ve already written a similar blog post about Seville (here) I thought I would do the same for Cologne. I’ve been living here for just under 3 months now and have fallen absolutely in love with this wonderful city and it’s friendly inhabitants. Although not the most beautiful city in Germany, Cologne definitely has the charm factor and so many things to do that it would take you a long time to get bored.
Some basic facts:
Location: Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
Size: Cologne has an area of approx 105 km2
Climate: temperate–oceanic climate with cool winters and warm summers, the average annual daytime temperature is 10.3 °C
Transport: Bus, bahn, train and Cologne/Bonn airport
1. Cologne is one of the oldest cities in Germany and is currently the fourth largest.
2. The Cologne Cathedral is Germany’s second largest religious building and the world’s third tallest cathedral, with 509 steps to reach the viewing platform at approximately 100m high. The Cathedral is also home to the world’s largest functioning bell, weighing in at 24 tonnes, called Peter.
3. Cologne has it’s own beer called Kölsch, served in small 200ml glasses, and only beers brewed in and around Cologne can legally bear the name.
4. Cologne was bombed in 262 separate air raids during WWII, about 600 acres of the city was flattened: including 90% of the city centre and around 3,300 homes leaving 45,000 people homeless.
5. Cologne’s Schildergasse Straße is Germany’s most visited shopping boulevard, with over 13,000 visitors per hour. It has shops such as Primark, H&M, Adidas, Pandora and more to keep you entertained for hours.
That’s it for now, I hope you enjoyed reading about Cologne and have learnt something new! Thanks for reading.