For how much I love visiting Germany to see family (and for its Christmas markets), I realise that there’s so much of Germany I still haven’t seen and that I really REALLY wanted to.

Well, a couple of weeks ago, we rectified that with Cologne and this city is such a treat and a fantastic surprise, to say the least.

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The fault is mine really. I’d never really know too much about Cologne – save for its magnificent Cathedral (which is honestly reason enough to visit the city in and of itself) but Cologne is such a vibrant city with so many facets to it.

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Thing is, you’ve got the deluge of amazing sights to see, then there’s the really cool Belgian quarter with its many amazing restaurants, the arts scene for lovers of culture (alas, I’m not talented enough to be an artists – I can barely even draw a dog from memory; my drawings just end up making the dog look like a 5- toothed comb), there’s the brilliant night life, the fun fairs, the brewhouses… it just goes on and on.

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And by the way, Cologne is also pretty famous for its Christmas markets so this is the perfect time of year to head there!

In any case, I just wanted to share some of the photos from our time in Cologne with you. I’ll be doing proper posts from Cologne including recommendations to help you make the most of your time in the city (e.g. where the best views are – which, by the way, isn’t where you’d think and doesn’t cost a fraction of what you’d think it would). Anyway, enough talking – here are the photos.Β πŸ™‚

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  • Anne Harrison

    Great photos – though I was hoping to see one of your five toothed comb! Going to the Christmas Markets is high on my to do list, a world removed from the heat of an Australian summer

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much πŸ™‚

      Ah, the Christmas markets are incredible! Oh yes, Cologne will definitely keep you nice and wintery πŸ™‚

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Wow this is amazing! I visited Cologne for an entire week and not once did I step into the centre. I was visiting for a hockey tournament which took place on the outskirts and we were so busy training and playing our matches that we never actually got to see Cologne. I hope to go someday soon it looks absolutely stunning. I recognise some of the architectural features of the church from one of my History of Art lessons which makes me quite happy, now all there’s left to do is actually see it in person!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, so happy you like Cologne too! It’s such a great city, you’ll definitely have to visit again soon . It’s such a beautiful city – honestly, you’ll love it!

      Can only imagine how much training you must have done for your hockey tournament… that’s dedication right there! πŸ™‚

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Honestly you guys take the best photos! You really captured Cologne and you’re making me want to re-visit!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Ah, thanks so much Danielle – we had a good read through your lovely post before we went too! You gave us so many ideas – thank you πŸ™‚

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • MissLilly

    Great photos as always!!!! I went there for the Christmas markets and really loved it! By I have a crush on the German Christmas markets and beers!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much! πŸ™‚

      The Christmas market is beautiful isn’t it. The whole of Cologne was so pretty and cool, all at the same time !:-)

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • I heard some mixed views about Koln but your photos show a cool city:)

    • HandLuggageOnly

      We had a marvellous time, Tanja -there’s loads to do there and some pretty amazing places to see. πŸ™‚

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Great photos! I’m honestly not a fan of Cologne (beer is so tiny and so expensive?!) but there is no question that it has some seriously impressive photo ops. Those colorful buildings up against the Dom is positively iconic. I have also heard great things about the Christmas markets in Cologne, and I’m very curious about their Karneval tradition, so maybe I need to give it another shot πŸ˜‰

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Haha! It’s funny you mention the beer size, the same thought went through our minds too! πŸ™‚

      It really is stunning isn’t it, there’s so much history to see and the markets are incredible.

      Do let us know if you’re planning another trip Monica – always happy to help with advice or tips πŸ™‚

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • Annabel Bassil

    Your photos are perfect! Definitely adding Cologne to my list of places to want to go to and especially for the Christmas markets

    Annabel x
    https://livemoreandexplore.wordpress.com

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Thanks so much Annabel!:-)

      You’ll love Cologne, it’s such a lovely city. Let us know if you need any more advice/tips πŸ™‚

      Lloyd & Yaya xx

  • That church is incredible-looking! I visited Munich last year but really want to check out more of Germany (especially at Christmastime)!

    • HandLuggageOnly

      Exactly, Germany is so magical at Christmas… all the markets and festivities are incredible aren’t they! πŸ™‚

      Lloyd & Yaya xx