According to the German National Tourist Board, Cologne (Köln) is ‘the cathedral, the river and great art’. Indeed, Cologne’s most famous landmark is Cologne Cathedral (modelled in the French Gothic style). It took 600 years in total before the building was complete, and the inauguration ceremony was held in 1880. The cathedral’s towers are world-renowned and tower 157m (515ft) high. There are abundant stained-glass windows.
The city of Cologne is equally famous for its busy shopping malls. There are also over 30 art museums to enjoy, while those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the Imhoff-Stollwerck chocolate museum. The old town is a good place to enjoy a pint of locally-brewed beer, Kölsch. ... More
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Germany is an undeniably beautiful country, full of contrasts. But its diversity makes it difficult to find a common element that defines Germany and its people. A tourist could travel from the Danish border in the north to the Bavarian Alps in the south without witnessing much more than a smudge on the travel posters that trumpet Germany’s attractions, even though there are beggars in Bonn subway passages, junkies in Frankfurt parks, and homeless people camping out in central Munich.
There has always been a perceptible north–south division, across which the Hamburger and the Bavarian view each other with a theatrical animosity that reduces the rivalry between the English and the Scots to schoolboy banter. But now the symbiosis has been disturbed by the arrival of the east German Saxon—to many west Germans a very backward species who chirps an incomprehensible language. ... More