submitted by Megan Van Groll and Sam Buschman
Today was primarily a travel day. We started with a delicious continental breakfast at the Remarque Hotel in Osnabruck. We then loaded our things onto a luxurious Mercedes Benz coach bus and started our three-hour journey to Cologne.
The main attraction in Cologne was the Kölner Dom Cathedral. This beautiful Cathedral is the largest Gothic cathedral in Northern Europe and has been Cologne’s most famous landmark for centuries, attracting an average of 20,000 people a day. Photos cannot do this cathedral justice – mostly because it is impossible to fit the entire cathedral into one shot! The cavernous ceilings and beautiful stained glass windows were a complete contrast with the seemingly dirty exterior. While we were there, a mass was starting so we got to hear the organ echoing through the cathedral.
After the group visited the Cathedral, we went our separate ways for a few hours. Our group enjoyed the shopping and dining Cologne has to offer. Many of the stores were unique to Europe, but shared similarities to stores in the United States. An example included Forever 18, which is comparable to Forever 21 in the United States. There were a lot of different options for shopping and eating, which made for a very eventful day.
Our group ate at a small café called Cappu Vino, which offered Italian cuisine. It was reasonably priced and delicious like many of the small cafés located in Germany. Others walked along the river and stopped for a meal there. We gathered on the steps outside the cathedral for one last photo before leaving the city.