This trip has been in the making since the beginning of this year. Long before lockdown, long before any of the crazy crap went down. If I'm being honest, I was sceptical about this trip for months. With covid being such a heavy force, I did not believe I would make it to Germany. Even over the past few weeks, so many countries have been thrown on and off the quarantine list, I was scared about Germany being thrown on last minute. I got very lucky that it wasn't.
Friday the 28th of August:
Now I had a afternoon flight to Cologne. This usually would be very easy for me, living in Crawley, I am a few miles south and a 5 minute bus ride from Gatwick Airport.
Though when looking for flights to Cologne-Bonn, I could only find options from Heathrow. This meant I had to trek down to Heathrow, which is a shame. Considering I am literally down the road from one of the biggest airports in the country. Oh well, first world problems eh? Anyway the M25 wasn't too bad, and gotta love a sunny afternoon flight right?
Kinda wish I was going here ngl..
I was pretty excited to see my plane had Europa Park on it. I will be back to you Europa, I promise.
That evening was mostly just checking in, walking around, and a schnitzel. Because schnitzels are the best thing about Germany and Austria and you know it. Who cares about culture, landmarks, or anything else?
Saturday was my sightseeing day. Now the most iconic thing in Cologne is the biggest, and the only thing to survive the war.
The Cathedral is huge. A impressive sight. It can be seen from most of the city, and overall its just cool.
The Old Town around it is even nicer. Tons of cobbled streets, many restaurants, and overall a lot of charm and quirkiness.
Cologne may not be the prettiest city in Germany, but it definitely has charm. Though my highlight had to be their chocolate Museum..
As a hungry bast***, I approve of this museum. Perfect for those who love to get their cavities refilled like myself.
Its a shame 2020 sucks tbh.
You can even get your own creation done at the Chocolate museum for 5 euros. I got a bar of white with a bunch of nuts in it. Cos I like nuts, get over it.
This day was finished by a river cruise down the rhine. Because it would be rude not too. Sorry for the bad photography, I was drinking beers left and right.
Overall a very quirky city. its not the most beautiful, or the most historical, but its a fun place that has its quirks.
Anyway next blog I will deep dive into Phantasialand. Prepare folks, its going to be a long one..