Instagram Travel Thursday: Day Trip To Cologne, Germany

by farrah on October 3, 2013 · 18 comments

Once again I’m linking up with Katja at Skimbaco Lifestyle and some other fine travel bloggers for Instagram Travel Thursday. Check them all out- you might be inspired to visit someplace new! Today I’m talking about a quick and fun day trip to Cologne, Germany– which in my opinion was a splendid idea on a perfect fall day.

We don’t do nearly enough day trips in this house. With our location being so great as a jumping off point- we SHOULD be going somewhere at least once a weekend. Alas, this is also real life and there are times where we are just beat down from the week and want to veg at home. The biggest issue there is that then the guilt creeps in and I’m like: WE ONLY HAVE ANOTHER YEAR! WE CAN’T WASTE A MINUTE! You know that has to get old and exhausting, yes?

But for now, being able to see things like this (Dom Cathedral) makes it all worth it.

However, last weekend we actually did get our act together and planned a 1.5 hour drive to the city of Cologne. Neither of us had been there before- and all that we really knew about it was from the small blurb in my well-tabbed 10,000 Places To See Before You Die book. We were on the road by 10:30am, which meant we were going to arrive around lunch. That’s always a gamble- since who knows where you will end up parking and finding a restaurant, but we lucked out on this trip- big time.

The cathedral (Kölner Dom) itself was constructed in the 1200s and took about 600 years to complete. It sits atop Roman ruins, which can been seen preserved directly from the parking garage (!). The cathedral is the largest Gothic church in Northern Europe and has the second tallest spires and largest façade of any church in the world.– Impressive to say the least.

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Typically Sundays are mellow wherever we go- and the center area of Cologne was bustling. I put the biggest landmark in our GPS and we were lucky enough to find a parking garage right underneath! Talk about a central location. I noticed that the train station was directly to our left as well- which will make it easy when we come back for their famous Christmas market.

So tall, so beautiful. Additionally, the plaza surrounding the church is filled with street performers. We saw these guys just hanging out.

Lots and lots of street performers. Although I am still not understanding how we ended up at Disney? Is there a Disney, Cologne?

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As we got our bearings, we saw this. My boys noticed it right away- and we decided to take advantage of that tour right after lunch.

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We walked around a bit- enjoying the fall beauty of Germany, and headed back to the train. For 19€ round trip, the five of us got on board with the stroller and enjoyed a quick tour of major city highlights. You can hop on and off the train, but our plan was to see the Lindt chocolate museum down by the Rhine.

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It was a fun and quick tour of the museum, where you saw the machines that made all things chocolate, as well as the top floor collection which was a history of fancy chocolate pots, display boxes, and cultural icons of the people who introduced the world to chocolate. We don’t exactly have the chance to slowly browse these days, but pretty much got the gist. A little too mature for my 3 and 4 year olds to appreciate- I’d say this museum is much more suited for the ages 8 and up. There are interactive displays as well, which older children may appreciate.

Overall, a perfect 10 as day trips go. The weather was mid-60s and sunny, the children well provisioned with snacks and happy. We need every trip to be like this!
Hop over to check out the rest of these great IG travel posts linked up on Skimbaco Lifestyle and her tip of the week.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lisa Goodmurphy October 3, 2013 at 5:35 pm

You are so lucky to have places like Cologne within driving distance – what an amazing day trip! The Cathedral looks incredible as do the chocolates!!

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2 farrah October 4, 2013 at 8:26 am

We are lucky- I know it! Makes me feel like we need to go go go go go! It’s a great city and I highly recommend a visit!

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3 Chasing the Donkey October 3, 2013 at 6:37 pm

Yay foe living in Europe and having this at your fingertips, and double yay that you’re back linking up!!

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4 farrah October 4, 2013 at 8:23 am

I know it- we haven’t gone anywhere in a while! Maybe next week I will focus on Malta. Mmmm. Malta….

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5 Chasing the Donkey October 4, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Ohhhh damn you. Lucky they have really crappy food there – they like all things fried….. take a muesli bar.

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6 Reeta @houseofanais October 3, 2013 at 9:32 pm

I know the feeling, there is so much to see and do that one can easily fill the weekends… Koln/Cologne is a lovely place and you photographs look great!

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7 farrah October 4, 2013 at 8:20 am

Thank you! So glad we went. I didn’t do a whole lot of research beforehand, and now that I know they have a fantastic Christmas market we’re on it.

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8 Kristin October 3, 2013 at 10:09 pm

I love Koln! But I’ve never been to the Schokoladen Museum! Probably a good thing, too. 🙂

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9 farrah October 4, 2013 at 8:20 am

They did have samples 🙂 And they were very, very good!

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10 Leigh Powell Hines @Hinessightblog October 4, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Love this post. What a beautiful place. The Mickey thing is strange, isn’t it? The Lindt chocolate would be dreamy. Thanks for linking up.

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11 farrah October 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I really wonder if they could get arrested for that??

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12 Katy October 9, 2013 at 8:01 am

Wow, great photos. What a lovely place. I’d love to go after reading your post. I’m drooling over those chocolates!

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13 farrah October 21, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Thanks! It really is nice. Hope to go back when their Christmas market is there.

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14 Kaylyn October 21, 2013 at 10:20 am

That chocolate factory looks like something I definitely need to add to my list when I make it to Cologne.
Great photos, too. Thanks for the fun read 🙂

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15 farrah October 21, 2013 at 2:05 pm

You really, really should. Such a cool city- looking forward to a return visit soon.

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