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GERMANY


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Berlin; Population - 83 million; Currency - Euro MORE GERMANY

After Munich I headed back up to northern Germany to Cologne, Bonn and Dusseldorf - September 2010.

 

euroGermany is part of the Euro zone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 germany160Bonn is the birthplace of composer Ludwig van Beethoven

 

 

germany158His statue stands on Munsterplatz, the heart of the Altstadt or old town - Bonn

 

 

germany161Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770 to 1827 - Bonn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany157 Also on Munsterplatz is the Munster Basilica - Bonn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany163A café in the Altstadt - Bonn

 

 

germany164Fast food vans populate the Markt, another square in the Altstadt - Bonn

 

 

germany166Beethoven was born in this house in Bonn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany169The Rhine River flows through Bonn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany172Remigiusplatz is a small square in the Altstadt edged with cafés and restaurants - Bonn

 

 

germany173The Kurfurstliche Residenz, or Electoral Residence, now forms part of the university in Bonn

 

 

germany174Another great place to relax at a roadside café is at a park just off Am Neutor, near the train station - Bonn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany178The 240 metre Rhine Tower (Rheinturm) stands above the river - Dusseldorf

 

 

germany181Check out the city from the Rhine Tower's observation deck or restaurant - Dusseldorf

 

 

germany186Follow the course of the Rhine River - Dusseldorf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany185In the foreground is the spire of St Lambertuskirche and the Palace Tower, at Burgplatz - Dusseldorf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany189At the base of the Rhine Tower, again with a view of St Lambertuskirche - Dusseldorf

 

 

germany192A closer look at the Palace Tower, which now hosts the Navigation Museum, at Burgplatz in Dusseldorf's Altstadt (old town)

 

 

germany194The Rhine and the Rhine Tower - Dusseldorf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany198It's that tower again - Dusseldorf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany206Reflections in Konigsalle's waters, an upmarket shopping street - Dusseldorf

 

 

germany196The Town Hall (Rathaus) and statue of Jan Wellem - Dusseldorf

 

 

germany197Nighttime at the Marktplatz, with the lights on the Town Hall - Dusseldorf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany200There's plenty of bars and restaurants in Dusseldorf's old town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany201Roadside bars start to fill up in the old town - Dusseldorf

 

 

germany203The city really gets going in the evening and made the trip worthwhile - Dusseldorf

 

 

germany177A pond at Mediciplatz close to the Rhine and the old town - Dusseldorf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany156I love the shower being right in the hotel room. And also that my feet wanted to have their photo taken - Cologne

 

 

germany208Cologne's main tourist sight is its massive Cathedral

 

 

germany210Cologne Cathedral's twin spires. Work began on the cathedral in the 13th century but it was only completed in 1880 - Cologne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany219A Roman arch lies in front of the twin spires - Cologne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany221A closer look at the Cathedral spire's detail - Cologne

 

 

germany228Outside the Cathedral is a model of the finials situated on the top of the spires.
It gives an idea of the building's huge size - Cologne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany230The Rhine River also flows through Cologne as well as Bonn and Dusseldorf

 

 

germany232Restaurants in Cologne's old town, with Great St Martin church in the background

 

 

germany249Great St Martin church can also be seen from Heumarkt - Cologne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany250A restaurant in Heumarkt, a square in Cologne's old town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany251The evening gets under way at Heumarkt - Cologne

 

 

germany252There's a fair few bars at Alter Markt as well - Cologne

 

 

germany254The streets of the Altstadt, or old town - Cologne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany255More cobbled streets in the old town - Cologne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany257A beer hall in Cologne's old town

 

 

germany235The Documentation Centre houses a museum about the Nazi period - Cologne

 

 

germany239The basement of the Documentation Centre was a Gestapo (Nazi secret police) prison where many were tortured and killed - Cologne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany242In 1942 Askold Kurov (right) was deported from Moscow to Cologne and forced into slave labour.
In 1944 he was sent to this Gestapo prison with his wife-to-be Vera who had been deported from Uzbekistan - Cologne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

germany243One of Askold Kurov's inscriptions on a prison cell wall (top paragraph): 'We have already been held in custody for 43 days, the interrogation is coming to an end, now we are next to face the gallows. I wish to ask all who know us to inform our comrades that we were killed in these torture chambers too' - Cologne

 

 

germany245In 1945 Askold Kurov escaped through a door and an unbarred window in the lower basement (pictured) where there were no cells. After liberation he ended up in the Soviet Union but was accused of collaboration with the Germans. Eventually he returned home in 1946, married Vera and moved to Uzbekistan. He died in 2000 - Cologne

 

 

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LINKS

www.germany-tourism.co.uk - German tourist board

www.about-germany.org

www.bvg.de - Berlin transport

www.bahn.de - excellent German train website, also covering areas outside Germany. Buy tickets online.

 

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