City Guide: Cologne
From Roman ruins to howling monkeys and chocolate fountains, Germany’s famous cathedral city offers a wealth of family-friendly attractions
With its twin spires stretching high into the heavens, you’ll have to exercise a good deal of technical agility if you want to snap Cologne’s famous cathedral in one go. Work on the cathedral started in 1248 to provide a home for the relics of the Magi. Over the centuries construction progressed in fits and starts until 1842 when King Friedrich Wilhelm IV gave the go-ahead for the splendid Gothic super-structure of today. The Shrine Of The Magi stands at the far end of the cathedral, with its stupendous gold sarcophagus said to house the kingly trio’s bones. Outside, a colourful collection of street artists vies for the attention the crowds – you could encounter everyone from grease-paint angels to Gandalf The Grey and balloon-sculpting clowns.
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