Cologne in Germany, North Rhine Westphalia

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Introduction :
Cologne is located in the state of North Rhine Westphalia in Germany and is the largest city in the state as well as the fourth latest city largest city in Germany. The city of Cologne is home to more than 1 million Germans and has an area of 405 square km. It one of the most beautiful night sceneries in the world.

Viewing from the side
Overall view of the city
Image attribution to Helder da Rocha @ Flickr

Viewing from the side
Night scenery of the Cologne Cathedral and the Hohenzollernbrucke Bridge
Image attribution to Nietnagel @ Flickr

Some attractions :

Cologne Cathedral – Roman Catholic Church in the city and seat of the Archbishop, this Cathedral is a famous landmark in Cologne and took over 600 years for construction when it started in 1248 but was halted in 1473 and it was until the 19th century where the cathedral was completed.

Koelner Zoo – Plenty of interesting and rare animals around the zoo from all over the world

Museum Ludwig – Collection of modern art and one of the largest Picasso collections in Europe

Cable car – Stunning view of the city in the eyes of a bird

Medieval Gates – Around the city is 12 monumental medieval gates

Cologne Opera – Productions outstanding for their music and staging ensured by the Orchestra of Cologne

The landmark of the city - Cologne Cathedral also known as Koln Dom
The landmark of the city – Cologne Cathedral also known as Koln Dom
Image attribution to tvot @ Flickr

Sculpture inside the Musuem Ludwig
Sculpture inside the Musuem Ludwig
Image attribution to tvot @ Flickr

Night time at the shopping malls
Night time at the shopping malls

History :
The city of Cologne was orgiginally founded by the Romans in 50 AD and was the capital of the Roman province of Germania Inferior and headquarters of the Roman military. Cologne remained under the Romans until it was occupied by the Franks in 462 AD and florished as one of the major trade routes between eastern and western Europe. It came under control of the French Republic in 1801 in the Peace Treaty of Luneville. The economy in Cologne prospered in the 1980s onwards due to the growing number of media firms catered for the Media Park and the permanent improvement of the traffic infrastructure that made Cologne one of the most accessible metropolitan areas in Central Europe.

Unique Organutan at the Koelner Zoo
Unique Organutan at the Koelner Zoo

One of the 12 medieval city gates around Cologne
One of the 12 medieval city gates around Cologne

Streets at Cologne
Streets at Cologne

One of the train stations
One of the train stations

Getting there :
The nearest airport to get to Cologne is the Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN) located in the central of the Bonn region in Cologne and is 15 km from the city centre.

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