Some places are good to come back to, just to see if they have changed at all. Or maybe it’s you who has changed? Here’s our recent weekend trip to Cologne with some gorgeous photos by Anton where even Kölner Dom fits into the entire shot!
So my husband Anton (check out his Instagram and portfolio) has geared up and bought some new photo equipment and that fisheye lens was just begging to go somewhere with grand buildings. You can’t say no to a fisheye lens, can you?
Getting to Cologne and getting around
This wasn’t my first time in Cologne – read my first impressions here. In that post I also ponder upon the ambiguity of names for the city and share a massive revelation about the perfume.
This time we took a direct train from Amsterdam (~2,5h). NS International had great discounts at that time, the tickets were EUR 70 return. You can download their handy app to keep track of your tickets and stay updated with the recent offers.
The train station is in the heart of the city, right in front of the famous Koelner Dom (Kölner Dom or Cologne Cathedral). It’s interesting to see trains from all over Europe arriving through the Hohenzollern Bridge and right into the busiest part of the city (at least the most touristic one).
We arrived on a Friday afternoon (due to train delays we got there a bit late – at 1pm instead of 11am) and stayed until Saturday evening. That was too long, if you ask me. Unless you have a solid itinerary or an event to attend, I’d say, one full day is more than enough for an introductory visit to Cologne.
Things to do in Cologne
This time (as it was Anton’s first time there) we had no plan whatsoever, these are the things we did in Cologne:
- walked around the city centre
- got inside the Dom
- did some shopping (Germany is a bit cheaper than Amsterdam)
- tried out the local ice cream and coffee (here’s a nice hipster coffee place for you)
- attempted to go to a Kölner Philharmonie concert last-minute but failed miserably (the prices jacked up comparing to what the Interned said a week earlier)
- saw the best sunset of the year
- tried out the fragrances of the new 4711 Eau de Cologne range
- ate the best pork knuckle in our lives here:
So as you can see – a very chilled weekend with walking around, taking pictures, no plan and great mood.
And here are the above mentioned pictures from the grand gloomy Cathedral.
We were incredibly lucky to be at the right place at the right time! When we arrived to Cologne, the weather was not promising at all – it was cloudy, grey and generally gloomy. But then, by 7pm it suddenly cleared and the weather gave us the best gift – a beautiful slow sunset.
There I took one of my best mobile shots so far (phone photography and editing):
And that’s pretty much all I can say about the short getaway to Cologne. One last thing: do try the knuckle if you’re into meat, it was really worth it.