Our morning tour began shortly after breakfast. We departed the ship in groups as usual and headed for town.
Cologne (German Köln) is Germany's fourth-largest city after Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich. Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River, less than eighty kilometres from Belgium. The city's famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. (click on images).
One of the few remaining parts of Cologne, dating back to the Middle Ages, is located not far from the beautiful Romanesque St. Martin Church. There are many interesting and colourful old town houses which date back to between the 14th and 17th Centuries. Cologne was heavily bombed during The Second World War. Fortunately those charming Gothic buildings were not affected. The modern day fish market is a charming blend of inns and pubs.
Our guide lead us to the Cologne Cathedral at which time we were allowed to explore at our leisure. We had to be back on board the ship for lunch by 12:30 PM The ship sailed shortly after that.
Cologne Cathedral (Interior)
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