I am lucky! For some months I live and study in Cologne. The city on the river Rhine is probably one of the oldest towns in Germany. So many places breathe history. I discover that around 50 BC the Germanic Ubier tribe was settled on the right side of the river by the Romans. In the city centre there is an indoor swimming pool called „Agrippabad“. Might it has some famous relatives because in 50 AD empress Agrippina was born here? Her place of birth raised to the status of town named „Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensis“. Later, in 48, she married Emperor Claudius.
In the 4th century, Cologne was conquered by the Franks and it became a cathedral city. Remember, Cologne has a very popular cathedral near its main station. Today tourists from all over the world flock for this impressing landmark. But back to history: Charemagne gave Cologne the status of an archbishopric. In 1288, the citizens won their independence against the archbishop. Later, in 1475, Cologne was declared a free imperial town by Emperor Friedrich II. It passed to France in 1801 and to Prussia in 1815.
Cologne Cathedral was consecrated in 1880 after a construction time of over 600 years, beginning in 1248. At this time it was the tallest builiding in the world: With ist spires 157 metres high. Today, Cologne is one of the largest and vivid cities in Germany. It attracts art lovers as well as history buddies. With one of the finest universities in Germany Cologne is home for many students. Without Covid-19 life here would be much easier and more enjoyable. Bars, restaurants, clubs and museums are open but the access is still limited.