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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
One of the most famous sights in Germany, the Cologne Cathedral (known locally as the Kölner Dom) lives up to the hype. Its Gothic exterior, and especially its soaring twin spires, can be seen from all over the city, and its immense...
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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...