Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city (after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich), is easily accessible by train in one hour from Frankfurt. Despite the close proximity, Cologne offers a totally different atmosphere. If Frankfurt feels kind of formal or serious, then Cologne is considerably more casual and laid-back.
The Cologne Cathedral, Kölner Dom, a roman catholic church in Cologne is definitely the top-of-list. It is located just outside the main station, careful that you might get a neck strain for a good full view of the cathedral. Visitation to this impressive cathedral is not complete without climbing 500 steps to the top of the bell tower. And with just EUR 3, the glorious view of Cologne is all yours.
For the second part of the day, take a walk along the Rhine River for unique view of Kranhaus. Unfortunately, pictures were accidentally deleted from my camera. Nevertheless, you are never going to mind a stroll along the Schildergasse Street and Hohe Straße in the afternoon. It’s just blissful an autumn to be surrounded by beautiful boutiques, cafes and restaurants!
Lastly, you really won’t want to miss the Love Locks on the Hohenzollern Bridge. The padlocks symbolize everlasting love between couples with their initials written on top. After locking it onto the bridge, the key is thrown away in the hopes that their love will be everlastingly, locked. It got me wondering, apart from thousands of Love Locks, how many of them are still together? But one padlock almost moved me to tears; a girl came back to their locks and wrote about how much she misses her departed partner.