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Cologne Sunday

Sunday 10th July, 2022

I had read very good things about the hotel breakfast so I paid at reception and presented myself in the Fruhstuck Raum. For a small hotel the breakfast was indeed quite good with a good choice of continental and cooked offerings.

I decided to get down to the landing stages earlyish for the first tour at 10:30 but when I eventually found the booking office that tour was full so I booked for the 12 noon boat. That gave me time to go to the Dom and visit the Treasury (6 euros) which was impressive - the riches of the Catholic church again, and the interior of the Dom itself. High Mass was taking place so it was just a question of watching from the back. The interior is much plainer than some others but the sheer scale makes up for it.

Kolner Dom, Cologne Cathedral, interior
Kolner Dom, Cologne Cathedral, interior

The weather was a bit cool and damp so I decided to sit in the interior lounge of the boat (the added benefit being hot coffee and apple cake!). The commentary was in German and English and was a little hard to hear at times. The trip lasts an hour and to be honest I am not really convinced it is worth it. If you can buy the combined boat and bus ticket it works out a bit cheaper, but I had purchased the bus ticket on its own (although the ticket guy did give me a 20% discount).

Boat trip - one hour on the Rhine
Boat trip - one hour on the Rhine

After the boat trip it brightened up a bit so I went to find some of the featured locations from the previous day's bus trip - which entailed a bit of guess work but I did find some Roman remains.

Romerturm, Roman tower

Not hugely enamoured of Koln - it just doesn't quite hit the mark with me. Hoping for better things in Hannover tomorrow. Tried to book my train ticket with Deutche Bahn online but the credit card page wasn't working properly so will have to buy at the station tomorrow. Settled down with the laptop in the evening to plan out the week - Monday tomorrow!

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