The first time I visited Germany I was still a teenager. I traveled to Frankfurt, Germany where I quickly fell in love with the city’s organized look and spotless streets. I had strong hopes of living there someday. Although this didn’t happen, I was more than excited to take a trip with the family to Cologne, Germany.
Funny story, right after we decided to take this trip my husband lost his drivers license, so I drove the whole family (sounds like we are such a big family, but what I mean is my husband, our daughter and I) from The Hague, the Netherlands to Cologne, Germany. I had never driven in Europe before, so this was my first time. I had only ever driven in California, so this was an entirely different experience for me.
OK, first things first. Once we entered Germany, I was shocked by how fast everyone was driving. I thought that the police must be quite busy giving tickets to nearly everyone going over 200 km/h (124 mph). I know, that’s crazy! What’s even crazier is that Germany doesn’t have speed limits!!! I only learned this after speaking with my dad when we returned home, imagine my surprise. Am I the last one to know about this?
Anywho, it took us a little over 2 hours to get to our hotel on Saturday evening. After checking in, we went to dinner and then back to the hotel. The next day we spent strolling through the city.
Where we went?
The first place we went to see is Kolner Dom. The cathedral is the second highest building and the most popular place to visit in Cologne. During WWII a large part of the city was destroyed, but the cathedral remained. It is quite an impressive sight!
Next stop was the Schokoladenmuseum (Chocolate Museum). I felt like this was right up my alley. While we were there, we get to sample some delicious chocolates and learn the history and process of making chocolate. Yum!
At last, we went to Old Town and had some lunch at one of the many restaurants along the river.
From Cologne, we drove to Burg Castle in Solingen, which is the largest reconstructed castle and another popular place to visit in Germany. Check out the pictures below from Burg Castle.