COLOGNE PHOTO ALBUM

Cologne skyline view from the edge of the Rhine

Cologne skyline view from the edge of the Rhine, looking from aboard the A-Rosa Flora

View of the Hohenzollern bridge, from the pool deck of the A-Rosa Flora

View of the Hohenzollern bridge, from the pool deck of the A-Rosa Flora

Amazingly, the trademark Cologne bridge was rebuilt after being destroyed in 1945

Amazingly, the trademark Cologne bridge was rebuilt after being destroyed in 1945

Looking along the Cologne waterfront before sailing

Looking along the Cologne waterfront before sailing on our week long foray up the Rhine

Close up of the Hohenzollern bridge, named after Germany's ruling royal dynasty

Close up of the Hohenzollern bridge, named after Germany’s ruling royal dynasty

Walking along the Rhine, under the eastern span of the huge birdge

Walking along the Rhine, under the eastern span of the huge bridge

Some of the ornate Gothic stone work on the river front

Some of the ornate Gothic stone work on the river front

Another shot of the amazing, triple span bridge

Another shot of the amazing, triple span bridge that spans the Rhine

Cologne's world famous icon; the monolithic, twin spired Dom cathdral

Cologne’s world famous icon; the monolithic, twin spired Dom cathedral

Close up, the huge cathedral still bears the blackened scars of the 1945 bombing

Close up, the huge cathedral still bears the blackened scars of the 1945 bombing

While whole districts of Cologne were flattened, the Dom somehow miraculously survived

While whole districts of Cologne were flattened, the Dom somehow miraculously survived

Seen from close up, the awe inspiring Dom loses any actual perspective.

Seen from close up, the awe inspiring Dom loses any actual perspective.

You have to stand some way back to take in it's blackened, beautiful perfection

You have to stand some way back to take in it’s blackened, beautiful perfection

The centre of Cologne resembles nothing so much as a giant Gothic theme park

The centre of Cologne resembles nothing so much as a giant Gothic theme park

There are cobbled streets, lined with all souildingsrts of honey coloured b

There are cobbled streets, lined with all sorts of honey coloured buildings

Despite the wartime damage, parts of Cologne still look almost fairy tale

Despite the wartime damage, parts of Cologne still look almost fairy tale

The city has enough spires, turrets and towers for any Disney princess

The city has enough spires, turrets and towers for any Disney princess

The town centre looks like a scene from a story by the Brothers Grimm

The town centre looks like a scene from a story by the Brothers Grimm

Even the statuary has an almost scary, medieval kind of feel to it

Even the statuary has an almost scary, medieval kind of feel to it

Bombed and then a battlefield, it's amazing so much of Cologne remains

Bombed and then a battlefield, it’s amazing so much of Cologne remains

Today, the proud, scarred  Queen Of The Rhine is still a magnificent, must see gem.

Today, the proud, scarred Queen Of The Rhine is still a magnificent, must see gem.

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