Cologne & Dusseldorf Architecture

Post II on the Germany trip.

Besides the Christmas markets, which were incredible, Cologne and Dusseldorf are legendary for their architecture.  Having only a few days in each city, we stayed out of museums and I took a million pictures, stopping only when my fingers became frozen from the cold.  We especially enjoyed a glass of wine in the Belgian Quarter, which had tons of lovely restaurants, bars, and shops.

Lovely old city section of town

Lucked out with a bit of sun.

Think this is a Kathe Kollwitz sculpture on fountain.

Cool church

So many roof gardens in Cologne. Love it.

Local choo-choo that stops at all Christmas markets

Can't get enough of this shot

Dusk requires a whole new set.

Love that Dutch influence--Stepped Gables

Lights in the chic & magical Belgian Quarter

Rathaus, or City Hall--oldest functioning building of its kind in Germany

Art museum and back of cathedral

Art Museum at Dusk

Would take a lot of this to kill me.


View of a Christmas market from top of cathedral--long climb to top was well worth it!

View from top of cathedral

Gerhard Richter's pixellated window. Love the merging of medieval and modern.

Gorgeous window display

Art Deco Detail

And finally, a bit of fun:

Costume shop took up an entire block.

Truly something for everyone.

If you still can't find what you're looking for, there's always the Sex & Gay Center.


We weren’t as taken with Dusseldorf perhaps because it seemed to have a large seasonal area with cafés, restaurants and shops near the river that were all closed.  So it sort of felt, in some neighborhoods, like we were there off-season.  The Christmas markets were also nicer in Cologne.  Dusseldorf did seem to have more nightlife, so if one was college-age this town might be more fun at night, esp in the summer months.

We did find a gorgeous church though–St. Lambertus, or the “church with a crooked steeple.”   Inside we found objects from a number of eras:

St. Lambertus

Vintage Confessional

Gorgeous windows--20th cent

Tons of whole trees brought in for Nativity-in-progress

More Stepped Gables in the Old City

I seem to have a thing for ironwork.

Bed in Dusseldorf equipped with rubber duckies.

Scary. But I wanted to keep it. Are Christmas rubber duckies like the minibar...tempting but to be avoided?

Is it just me or does this duckie look like he's in the middle of a hold-up?

Two random notes about this Germany trip–we noticed that few locals had their cell phones glued to their ears as they do in most other cities.  Anyone know why this is?   No one walking down the street gabbing away.

Second, we flipped through the TV and indulged in a few American shows in true German form.  One was Extreme Home Makeover, and the German attempt at the crack-hyper Ty Pennington was outrageous and just wrong.  “Hoarders” was called “Der Messy-Chaos,” which is my new nickname.  (Am not a hoarder but do tend towards stacks of books and notebooks everywhere.)   Last–Lord of the Rings and Malcolm in the Middle.  The mom in MitM, in German, is equally as terrifying as an Orc in German.  Not advised right before bedtime!  Thank goodness for the rubber duckies. I’m sure they protect against German-Speaking Orcs.

Auf Wiederschen, and Germany I hope to see you again soon!

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. mujerboricua
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 16:22:23

    You can’t go wrong with a hotel that offers rubber duckies instead of chocolates 🙂


  2. taramoyle
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 17:51:13

    I know! We really should have taken them with us! I think we were meant to. They also left German gummy bears on the pillows. 🙂


  3. Intricate Knot
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 18:26:42

    Beautiful pics!


  4. taramoyle
    Jan 18, 2012 @ 22:48:02

    Thanks! Hope I did the cities a bit of justice…they were so gorgeous. Thank you for reading!


  5. mariellen anderson
    Jan 21, 2012 @ 01:20:57

    very cool pics — cathedrals were my favorite. You should have taken the rubber duckies!


  6. Emm in London
    Feb 11, 2012 @ 21:00:22

    It looks lovely there. Cologne was extensively bombed in WWII wasn’t it? So I be there is a lot of new and old buildings. I’m going to Munich in March – I’m quite excited as it is my first time in Germany (off a plane).

    I spotted you over at Mujerboricua’s blog! I live really close to you in Dartford.


    • taramoyle
      Feb 14, 2012 @ 01:34:05

      Hi, and thanks for checking out my blog! Cologne was lovely, yeah, and it was bombed quite a bit, yes. The pictures of the cathedral during WWII are pretty devastating. Enjoy Munich–that’s the next German city on our list! I’ll look forward to reading your block and yes, that is close. We had considered Dartford when looking closer to London.


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