Cologne: The city of the Rhine, the Cathedral, & the Three Kings


After our Christmas in Aachen we moved on to Cologne. We stayed 2 nights in Cologne in an AirBnb; the first day for exploring the Rhine River Valley and day 2 we got to meet my sister’s boyfriend, Mathias, and his family (exciting) and touring the Cathedral and The Shrine of the Three Kings.

The river is what made this city so important throughout history and today it cuts through the city like a knife, we did a little riverside exploring but mostly concentrated our efforts on the UNESCO World Heritage Site Cathedral!

The Cathedral is monumental for various reasons:

  1. It contains the relics of the Three Magi
  2. It took over 700 hundred years to build (thanks to the Protestant Reformation putting a halt to that)
  3. It is one of the largest churches in the world (although there is always debate about their ranking)


In all honestly, it was kind of underwhelming. It was certainly a gorgeous, intricate cathedral but I didn’t love it…I was the only one who shared this sentiment by the way.

After a full day we got to meet Mathias’ family, it was a lot of fun and we were at dinner until past midnight. Fantastic end to the day, wish they could join us on the rest of our adventures in Germany!



P.S. Cologne is a great stopover or day trip city, but I would suggest making Cologne your hub if you want to visit the Upper Middle Rhine Valley and Aachen (all UNESCO Sites).


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