Day 12, Koln, Germany or Cologne as we westerners know it. And yes, this is where eau de cologne comes from. The most famous 4711 is still available for purchase, though I did not sample any.
My reason for being here was to see the cathedral that dates to 1248 and took 632 years to finish. The cathedral is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
My first view of the cathedral, left, and St. Peter's Gate (from 1370-1390)
Above, an interior stained glass window, one of many, and the crossing tower, damaged in the war and reconstructed in 1965. Ninety-five percent of the city was destroyed by bombs in World War II.
A side entrance:
The cathedral cross which has stood for 700 years:
The statue of Emperor Wilhelm II along the Rhine River: