Germany 2019 part I - Cologne and Hannover


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July 25th 2019
Published: October 25th 2019
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Cologne cathedral is so large that it is a bit difficult to take it all in

One grand cathedral, one grand palace garden and some more



The basic plan for our vacation can be summarized in the sentence "We flew to London and then slowly we made our way back home". Home is Stockholm in Sweden and when travelling slowly from London to Stockholm it is almost impossible to avoid going through Germany. The first German city we arrived in was Cologne.

Cologne

Before we came to Cologne we only knew of one thing we wanted to see there - the cathedral. We had high hopes before coming there but still we weren't prepared. The cathedral is absolutely gigantic. Add to it that we arrived at night when it was dark. When it is dark you can't see any details of the cathedral. Instead we sensed that there was this gargantuan building there. That was more intense than we had expected.



We visited the Cologne cathedral several times actually. Partly because it is so large that it is a bit difficult to take it all in by only visiting it once. But also because it was really hot the days we were in Cologne and the cathedral was cool and nice
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This is a replica of the top of the spire. In the previous picture you see it as a tiny dot
and free of charge to visit.



Cologne was a nice city to walk around in. However, of all we saw only one other attraction is worth pointing out here - house No. 4711 at Glockengasse 4. It is here the perfume 4711 originates from. That perfume is the original Eau de Cologne. But why is this perfume known under the French name, Eau de Cologne? Why not under the German equivalent, Kölnerwasser, or the English Water from Cologne? That is a bit odd, isn't it?



Hannover

After Cologne we went to Hannover. We would probably not have gone to Hannover at all if we hadn't had friends who live there. Well, you don't have to have friends to have a reason to visit Hannover. It is a city well worth visiting in its own right.



The red thread

The main walking tour in Hannover is clearly marked with a red line. It takes you all around central Hannover and to a lot of small and big sights. Here follows a short description of some of the things we saw on the walking tour.

Aegidienkirche - a former church,
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A gargoyle on the Cologne cathedral
now a ruin. It was bombed during World War II and was left as a war memorial.

Town Hall - a magnificent building from early 20th century. When we were there it was open and it was OK to go in and have a look.

• The Archer - It is a statue of an archer ready to shoot an arrow. A fun detail is that the statue stands in front of the city hall and the archer is aiming at the window of the mayor's office.

• Nanas - the Nanas is a series of sculptures created by Niki de Saint Phalle.

Herrenhausen Palace - A classic European palace with a truly magnificent garden. This is probably one of the 20 best palace gardens in all of Europe.



We will write more from our adventures in Germany in the next blog entry. We have some interesting things to write about there.


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Stained glass window

A stained glass window in Cologne cathedral. Note that the planet Saturn is depicted in the lower right corner
The first tomb in Cologne cathedralThe first tomb in Cologne cathedral
The first tomb in Cologne cathedral

"Here I lie and I am at peace with myself and with my God."
The second tomb in Cologne cathedralThe second tomb in Cologne cathedral
The second tomb in Cologne cathedral

"I have lived a righteous life and I am ready to meet the lord"
The third tomb in Cologne cathedralThe third tomb in Cologne cathedral
The third tomb in Cologne cathedral

"I'm too sexy for my robe"
The fourth tomb in Cologne cathedralThe fourth tomb in Cologne cathedral
The fourth tomb in Cologne cathedral

"The first 300 years this was quite OK. But now I am starting to get bored."
The fifth tomb in Cologne cathedralThe fifth tomb in Cologne cathedral
The fifth tomb in Cologne cathedral

"Oh hello! How are you? Do you want to follow me to a pub tonight?"
 House No. 4711, Glockengasse 4. House No. 4711, Glockengasse 4.
House No. 4711, Glockengasse 4.

This is where the perfume 4711, the original Eau de Cologne, originates from.
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City gate in Cologne

A preserved city gate in Cologne
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Central station

The central station in Cologne
Aegidienkirche Aegidienkirche
Aegidienkirche

A former church, now a ruin.
Aegidienkirche Aegidienkirche
Aegidienkirche

It was bombed during World War II. Instead of restoring it they left it as it was as a war memorial.
The ArcherThe Archer
The Archer

The statue stands in front of the city hall and he is aiming at the window of the mayor's office.
Corridor in the Town Hall in Hannover Corridor in the Town Hall in Hannover
Corridor in the Town Hall in Hannover

When we visited the town hall it was open and it was OK to go in and have a look.
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Bus stop

This bus stop in Hannover has an interesting design
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Hannover

A building in Hannover. It's nothing special other than a nice photo
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Nanas in Hannover

Nanas is a series of sculptures created by Niki de Saint Phalle
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Fachwerkhaus

Timbered house, also known as fachwerkhaus, in Hannover
Herrenhausen Palace Herrenhausen Palace
Herrenhausen Palace

A classic European palace
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Fountain in the palace garden

Herrenhausen Palace has a truly magnificent garden
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Nanas in Herrenhausen Palace

Niki de Saint Phalle has contributed to an artistic grotto in the Herrenhausen Palace garden
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Fountain in the palace garden

Herrenhausen Palace garden is probably one of the 20 best palace gardens in all of Europe.


28th October 2019
Cologne cathedral

Architecture
I enjoyed looking through the architecture in these photos. I love grand buildings, but it can sometimes be frustratingly hard to fully absorb their essence or capture it in a photograph.
28th October 2019
Cologne cathedral

This was one of those
This was one of those examples where at least I can't in a picture capture what I really want to. There isn't much to do other than to display the pics I have and hope that people have a vivid imagination and can get an idea of what it is like to see it IRL. /Ake
29th October 2019

Elegant Archer & the Red Line
Now we have touched down in Europe for the first time, through Russia which was a surprise, it is time we looked further afield. Sweden comes to mind as does Germany & Netherlands. Nice pics Ake. But can we be trusted to follow a red line?
30th October 2019

The Nordic countries together would make a nice trip
Visiting Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland would make for a very nice, albeit very expensive, trip. If you decide to give it a go, make sure to do it in summer as the winter is a dark, cold, sad and depressing season up here in the Arctics. /Ake
3rd November 2019
Nanas in Hannover

You mean ta tas? LOL
4th November 2019
Nanas in Hannover

Are they known under that name too?
Perhaps those sculptures are known under that name too. I've never heard it but you might be right. /Åke
3rd November 2019
Nanas in Herrenhausen Palace

More ta tas LOL
3rd November 2019

Thanks for sharing!
4th November 2019

Thank you
Thank you. And thanks for reading the blog. /Ake
3rd November 2019

A grand Cathedral
Enjoy the drive home. The architecture is amazing. The intricate details are stunning.
4th November 2019

It's true. It is stunning
The cathedral really was stunning. However, it is one of those places where no photo can do it justice. /Ake
16th November 2019

Slow travel home
It’s a good idea to do that. We did train travel home from Prague to Dresden to Amsterdam back to England by train this summer. Unfortunately our experience of Hannover was sitting at the train station for 3 hours when our trains had failed to connect.
16th November 2019

Hannover is surprisingly nice
We did not expect much from Hannover but found it to be a nice place. We did see pretty much everything there is to see in the one day we spent there. But still we would quite like to go back again. /Ake

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