Cologne may not be the first city you think of when you picture a trip to Germany, but it’s well worth a stop.
After the holiday season, Cologne jumps right into Carnival season in the weeks leading up to Lent. There are multiple parades and dances in the weeks leading up to the grand parade. On Ash Wednesday, people have a fish dinner with their families to end the celebrations.
Construction on the Cathedral took nearly 600 years, beginning in the 13th century and finishing in 1880. Its gothic spires survived the bombings in World War II and were the tallest structures in Cologne until 1981. The towers offer great views of the Rhine, but you have to climb over 500 steps to get there.
The Belgian Quarter is one of Cologne’s coolest shopping districts. It’s full of boutiques by up-and-coming designers. Local artists sell handmade jewelry and wares. There are also plenty of cafes, pubs and restaurants.
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