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West Germany: A Weekend in Bonn and Cologne

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West Germany is great for enjoying both urban life and nature. Bonn, the former West German capital, is a small town with lots of parks and hip pedestrian streets. Cologne, one of Germany's largest cities and a host to carnival, has a cosmopolitan population that enjoys both tradition and modernity.
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50679 Cologne, Germany
My wife and I just returned from our annual trip to Europe to visit Christmas Markets. Our first stop was Cologne, Germany. In researching Cologne several months ago I read about the Hohenzollern Railway Bridge, which crosses the Rhine into...
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Domkloster 4, 50667 Köln, Germany
August 6th, 2004 As a non-religious person, I am still a big fan of church architecture. Its hard to get more iconic than the Cologne Cathedral. If you visit and arrive from the train station, you are dumped out directly beside it. Climb the...
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Am Schokoladenmuseum 1A, 50678 Köln, Germany
Chocoholics rejoice! Cologne is home to the particularly popular & rather unusual Museum of Chocolate. Who would not be excited about visiting a chocolate factory, especially one that allows you to drink from a warm chocolate spring? Since its...
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Bonn-Zentrum, Bonn, Germany
The severed heads of the martyrs Cassius and Florentius are an unusual sculpture to be situated in the open plaza of the Bonn Münster, one of Germany's oldest churches. While a rather conspicuous reminder of the price these patron saints paid for...
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Münsterplatz in Bonn offers you not only the view of one of Germany's oldest cities, but an excellent opportunity to pay tribute to one of the best composers of the history of the world: Beethoven. Explore the square with its coffee shops and...
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Bonn, Germany's former capital, is a small place and everything is accessible in only a few minutes. Locals love to ride their bikes and the city offers an amazing network of parks that seem to be connected. You can ride alongside the Rhein river...