Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Cologne (The City, Not the Men's Fragrance)


This was my third time visiting Cologne, and it will always be one of my favorite German cities. It is just so charming! I am always blown away by the locks on the bridge - so many locks, and it seems like there are a thousand more each time I visit! In case you don't know the tradition: Lovers write their initials on a lock to symbolize their love and committment to one another. They then throw the key into the river, so that it can never be "unlocked."

I hiked up to the top of the Cathedral this time around - oh goodness, that was a workout in every sense of the word. I like to consider myself relatively fit, but holy crap. That tower is the energizer bunny of gothic architecture. It just keeps going and going and going, until you're leaning against the stone wall inside a spiral staircase, huffing for breath and thinking desperately WHEN WILL THIS END?

I'm glad I had the experience, but once was certainly enough.

I am home from Cologne now, grateful to have a small break from traveling to catch up on things. September has been CRAZY, and October will be crazier!
Have you ever been to Cologne?

22 comments:

Lauren Talon said...

Looks so pretty! We made a really brief stopover there during our honeymoon but didn't get to see a whole lot. And the locks are amazing! I saw locks in both Heidelberg and Frankfurt but not nearly as many as that!! Such a cool idea :)

Van said...

I like the lock idea, very beautiful, but not throwing the keys into the river. Man-made stuff should not be in rivers.

Glad you made it up those stairs. The stairs get me every time no matter how fit I am too.

bailey k. said...

Gorgeous photos. I haven't been to Cologne, but now I REALLY want to go! :)

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Jenna said...

I haven't been to Cologne, but I really want to go! Hopefully I'll find my way there over the next couple of years :)

xxx
Jenna

Daily Photo 2012 said...

Ahh! I've always wanted to go to Cologne. It's where my Great Grandparents were from, and my Great-Great grandfather was the mayor in the late 1890's.

My Great Grandmother wanted to become a nun, and prayed every day at the Cathedral. The Nuns there encouraged her to move to the US and join a convent there.

And then she met my Great Grandfather on the boat over to New York and the rest was history!

-Jenna

kylie said...

your blog is rad. LOVE your creativity.

shelly said...

Those locks are amazing. I thought they only did that in Italy.

Kelsea Echo said...

Wow. Beautiful photos, as usual! The images and story behind the locks is so cool!

Alex Butts said...

I can't believe my only experience there was a short layover at the train station - definitely need to go back

Rosie said...

I've been. We stayed Hotel Ass. It should have been a big clue! Loved Cologne despite the torrential rain. I nearly passed out on the open floor staircase though in the cathedral. The Dom in Aachen was something else though. Xo

Nicole Louise said...

Wow that city is beautiful! Germany is 2nd on my travel wishlist but I have never had a preference on which city I go to...now I think I might.
I just absolutely love that lock tradition...I might have to go just for that! What a fun thing to do on a honeymoon!
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Smallgood said...

I love the lock idea. Ever since I read about that in a magazine, I've romanticized doing the same. Maybe rather than throw it in the water, maybe we'll hide the key somewhere. ;)

Kari said...

Beautiful pictures!

Chelsea Lennox said...

I remember seeing locks on a bridge (not this many) when I was in Europe too, though I didn't go to Cologne so it wasn't there. I feel like it was in Berlin but I'm not 100% sure... so cool though!

Kristin said...

Cologne looks beautiful! Especially those locks - stunning!

San said...

I love that you love Köln! I consider it home (I grew up outside of Cologne and I miss it dearly!)

Jasanna Czellar said...

I couldn't remember where that padlock fence was. It's gorgeous! :) And such a fun tradition! I'd love to visit one day...

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Sara Louise said...

I have never been to Cologne but it's up there on my must visit list. SO many places to go!!!

Aspiring Kennedy said...

The story behind love lock bridges is so neat. I love seeing them in different cities around the world. They kind of make you want to be a hopeless romantic sometimes.

Also, I guess all of these people obsessed with zumba and spinning classes have never tried to hike up to the top of a Gothic cathedral. They don't make staircases like those anymore!

Megan Wait said...

My mom went there in 2005, she is still talking about how amazing this city is!

Lacey said...

Köln is one of my favorite places in our area. My husband and I plan on adding our lock this coming year for our 10th anniversary :) Bernkastel is my other favorite village here :) it's so gorgeous! If you haven't been, you must go. Look up their Christmas market. It's fun. Enjoy your travels

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