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Sep 5, 2019 - Germany - Koeln (Cologne)

As we traveled from Kinderdijk to Cologne, there were many RV/caravan parks along the banks of the Rhein. This morning we were still cruising and arrived at Cologne at about 10 a.m. The cathedral is in view from our stateroom. We were docked adjacent to another Viking ship, so went from our ship's lobby to theirs and then to the outside. We took a shuttle across the river and went with our guide Marco to the cathedral. Factoids: it was built over a period of 700 years; it is the second tallest in the world at about 157 feet; a reliquary of...

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Jun 16, 2019 - Cologne

Today we visited Cologne. We were bussed into town for a guided tour. Because it was Sunday there were services in the cathedral, so we could not tour inside until afternoon. But our guide showed us around the outside, and took us around other parts of town. The cathedral is the only part of the city that was not bombed during WWII. It did have some damage -- WWII bombs were not laser-guided, supposedly precision, bombs -- but the cathedral was not seriously damaged. Apparently the Allied bomber pilots used the cathedral as a landmark, and...

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May 26, 2019 - Day 4 = Cologne or Koln

best tour guide so far (and best one on the cruise!) with her sense of humor and command of the English language. When she pointed out where Clinton and others ate at a glass table, she said they could see whether he brought Monica or not! It was fun seeing and hearing about the statues of Tunnes and Schal. Tunnes is the shorter one and represents farmers. He is jovial and it is good luck to rub his nose. But if you put your left foot on his as well, you will have good luck and come back to Cologne. Schal is the tall skinny one with crossed...

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May 17, 2019 - Cologne, Germany

Guten Tag from Germany, Thursday was a great day. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring more of London. We started out by visiting Borough Market. You have to love a flower shop in a market that has chandeliers (see pictures). It’s a very nice market with lots of vendors. We had a wonderful chat with an older gentleman who helps his daughter out at one of the booths. I think he was just bored and wanted someone to talk to but nevertheless we enjoyed talking with him. Next we walked over London Bridge and made our way along the river to the...

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Apr 26, 2019 - Cologne

Friday. Another day, another port. Today we were in Cologne, Germany. To me, it is just another semi-big city. It does have a beautiful Gothic cathedral. Construction began in 1248 and it took over 600 years to complete it. The stained glass was amazing. We also learned that the bones of the Magi are there. We were told that they were stolen from some other country, who stole them from someone, who stole them from Istanbul, who stole them from someone. Not too much guilt from any party, since everyone was stealing from someone else who had...

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Apr 18, 2019 - Day 4 - Koln, Germany

Arrived at Koln, Germany by afternoon and then departed by bus to the Gothic Cathedral. Had a great tour of this amazing cathedral that took 638 years to build. Had just enough time to enjoy a Kolsch beer and Himmel un Aad (an apple dish with mashed potatoes). Back to the ship and quick dress up for a bus trip to Schloss Ehreshoven castle for reception and dinner. Now it’s ysed for widows of nobility and rented out for special occasions like ours. Magnificent dinner on a most beautiful evening!

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Apr 17, 2019 - Cologne, Germany

2019-04-17.Cologne, Germany We arrived in Germany to rainy skies though it was intermittent. Still, it was chilly to start. The one thing that Viking does very well is to coordinate the tours with the ship's travel. By that I mean that often, the ship will dock briefly to unload the guests onto buses. Then, while the ship is going through the many, many (67 in all) locks, which takes time that is dependent upon the number of other boats that have to pass through them as well, the tourists are bussed to the town we will be touring and at the...

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Dec 24, 2018 - Dusseldorf

Monday 24th: This morning’s tour was a guided walk through the old town of Dusseldorf with a culinary twist at the end and a look at the Christmas markets. Our guide who lives in the old town was very bright and breezy and was able to impart a feel for the area. Much of the old town is filled with bars and restaurants and as it was Christmas eve they were gearing up for a big night. The guide stressed how loud and boisterous it can get in the evening and even as we left about lunchtime the streets had started to fill up and the beer was...

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Dec 23, 2018 - Cologne

We started the day docked at Monheim not Manheim.. Took our usual too much breakfast then to the lounge for a departure briefing. We were advised as to the proper tipping procedures as well as baggage transfers to the airport. We then boarded a bus for transport to Cologne. Of course it was raining off and on but we persevered and began our adventure at the cathedral. (1248-1880) Quite impressive and 550 feet tall. We then proceeded to some of the Christmas markets - Cologne has 7 - but only smelled the food. We did however buy a gluwein to...

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Dec 20, 2018 - Cologne

Thursday 20th: Our tour this morning was a Cologne Walk & Cathedral Visit & Christmas Markets. This is a city of great contrasts. 90% of it was destroyed by Allied bombing during the WW2 but its crowning glory, the cathedral or Dom, survived relatively undamaged. It is a splendid example of Gothic architecture and for four years it was the tallest building in the world. Its two huge spires rise to about 170 metres. It was begun in 1248 and completed in 1880 and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The sandstone exterior has become very dark and...

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Dec 19, 2018 - Amsterdam to Bonn

Monday 17th: The morning was quietly spent resting and packing up before taking a taxi to the wharf to board our ship at midday. Oh, my, the Crystal Debussy is the height of luxury! We were shown to our room and our butler (!) explained all the amenities. Ours is a Petite Suite but has plenty of room for the two of us and is beautifully appointed. We unpacked quickly then went to the dining room for lunch where we were presented with champagne on the way in. We joined a few of the Travel Masters group. The variety for lunch made choosing...

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Sep 30, 2018 - Cologne and it’s Cathedral

Historic City Crowned by Northern Europe’s Largest Cathedral -- For millennia known as The Largest City in Germany showed it’s spirit today for us. We learned about the treasured heritage of Cologne and visited its spectacular cathedral, towering over the Old City in its Gothic splendor. Built on top of an old Roman village, now buried underneath! Even a Roman ship is still buried there. We stepped into the rich past here, following some of its preserved historic street pattern and hearing about its Roman and medieval history along the way....

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