It was 6AM when we arrived by train in Cologne, upon exiting station is the famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom), still couldn’t believe what I have been studying in the past was right in front of me. It marks the very first cathedral that I’ve ever visited. The cathedral suffered fourteen hits by aerial bombs during World War II but still remained impressive even after the restoration. The information before and after can be found around the cathedral. My trip to Cologne wouldn’t complete without entering the cathedral. However, I am climbing the south tower on the next day because the queue was way too long. The 509 steps to the observation deck for the fine city view and get a closer look to the spire, incredible.
Alternatively, just cross the Hohenzollern bridge to KölnTriangle, a publicly accessible observation deck . This was definitely worth 3 euros for a fascinating view of the city, the cathedral, Rhine River, bridges and surrounding. We were lost in the city for an hour when we were on the way to take the cable car. It was opposite the bridge and we were on foot, managed to find the cable car at last and took the train and back to Rudolfplatz. Day one was pretty exhausted and was mainly city sightseeing.
If you’re a person who like to read guidebooks beforehand, check out Rick Steve’s guide book, it’s very informative.