The reason for being awfully absent from consistent blogging? Being out of England since the start of June this year. The reason for finally starting this travel series on Bea-uty Blog? Being out of England since the start of June this year. To kick start this series: Cologne.

West Germany, just over 1 hour by car from the border between Netherlands and Germany.

Season visited? 
Fall/Autumn. Colder temperatures but just as beautiful scenery.

Length of time visited?
Just one day - I was there early and left late but managed to explore much of the city. I would definitely return for a visit longer than a day to explore even more of the city's sites.

Top locations of the city?
The Dom - if you're visiting Cologne, this is one you cannot miss (literally). The structure of the city's cathedral will leave you overwhelmed in all the best ways. Even better, this incredible building is located directly outside Cologne's central train station. Step inside the Dom to experience the wonderful stain glass detailing to every window, take in the sheer scale of its architecture or even visit the Shrine of the Three Kings (yes, really). 
The old town - once you've finished making your way round the Dom, head round the back of the cathedral and down the steps across the square. It will become clear when you enter the older part of the city as the streets under your feet become cobbled. Be sure to stop for photograph opportunities at the many water features you pass in the old town on your way down towards the river (keep walking towards the brightly coloured buildings or ask a local wo ist der Fluss? meaning where is the river?). Once you reach the waters edge take a look back at the views of the city and it's beautiful buildings and then stop for a German beer at one of the many cafe's along the river.

Have you visited Cologne? If so, where are your favourite locations to spend your time during the city? Let me know in the comments. Don't forget to follow me on Instagram for quick updates on my travels (link below).

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