Cologne on the Rhine river Germany cathedral old city hall Früh Kölsch (Cologne beer brand) museums Bonn Beethoven house bridge of Remagen

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Gasthaus Stahl, Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Oberwesel-Dellhofen near Bacharach on the Rhine river. © 2000 Foto Paul Stahl

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Cologne is the fourth largest city in the Republic of Germany, the largest city on the Rhine and one of the oldest cities in Germany. The impressive silhouette of "holy" Cologne, with it's abundant church towers, came into being in the Middle Ages; the Cologne Cathedral, however, was first completed in the early 19th century and stands as the symbol for Cologne. Big picture

After World War II, the heavily-damaged towers of the Cathedral witnessed not only the city in rubble, but also the slow but steady rebirth of Cologne in the following years.  Big picture

Cologne Cathedral
Where the Cathedral stands today, stood a church in the 4th century.
On the 15th of August, 1248, the first foundation for the Cathedral was laid by Archbishop Konrad von Hochstaden.
1880, after 632 years , the Cologne Cathedral was finished.
1943, the Cathedral was heavily damaged by bombing.
1996, UNESCO admits the Cathedral in the list of World Culture Heritages as a "masterpiece of gothic architecture."  Big picture

The brewery, Früh am Dom, is not only geographically the center of the city, but it's also only a stone-throw away from the Cathedral, natives and travelers meet to enjoy the "Früh"- beer and have a chat. Big picture

A Kölsch (cologne beer brand) is a smooth, light, top-fermented beer. You drink a Kölsch from a so-called "Kölschstange", a thin cylindrical glass (holding 0.2 liters of beer). It is served to you from a "Kranz"- a circular tray, by a "Köbes"- the typical term in Cologne for brewery waiters. Big picture

"Gasthaus Stahl is a real gem of a place, in that wonderful, scenic location up in the hills above the Rhine, in classic tiny Dellhofen village, yet only minutes away from the walled cities of Oberwesel and Bacharach, right on the river.
There are enough castles and other places of interest within 30-90 minutes of pleasant driving to keep tourists busy for a long time, but the serenity of the inn itself is the best feature.
The rooms are so classic, yet they have all the modern touches we need. The furnishings and atmosphere of the inn are from times we thought had gone past, and it was great to just soak in the gemutlichkeit! ... "
R J Del Vecchio, Fuquay-Varina, NC
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Gewölbe-Weinkeller, © 2000 Foto Paul StahlThe old brick arch wine cellar of the Winery Stahl, in which the wines are stored; the wine grapes are self-grown and the wines are self-made. Wine tasting for groups up to 30 people in the brick arch wine cellar. You'll become a romantic feeling with the lights off and set aglow in candlelight. "The wine tasting at Weingut Stahl is truly educational, with more varieties of flavorful German wines than most Americans ever realize exist. I think that is worth the trip in itself."
R J Del Vecchio, Fuquay-Varina, NC
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Museum Ludwig
Museum for Modern Art
Agfa Photo-Historama
Museum for Photography in the 19th and 20th Century
Roman-Germanic Museum
European and Rhine Prehistory. Roman art, culture, and city history
Museum of the City, Cologne
Cologne History from the Middle Ages to Today,
NS-Documentation Center (EL-DE-House)
Virtual trip through the exhibition, documentation, internal impressions of racism to genocide from the National Socialists of the 3rd Reich. Big picture


Beethovenhouse in Bonn
On the 17th of December, 1770, Ludwig van Beethoven was born in this house. Big picture

Only two of his five younger siblings lived past their first year. Caspar Anton Carl (1774-1815) and Nikolaus Johann (1776-1848) were always very close to Ludwig. His father noticed his extraordinary talent at a very early age. Big picture
Beethoven lived and worked here as a musician, until 1792. Then he moved to Vienna where he became world-famous.

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Bridge of Remagen

The railway bridge over the Rhine was built during the first World War, for the purpose of bringing more troops and war materials to the western front. On March the 7th, 1945, the Americans managed to capture this bridge, before the German troops were able to blow it up. This conquest went down in history as the "Wonder of Remagen", and helped the Allies accelerate the German capitulation. On the 17th of March in the same year, the bridge collapsed from overload. On this occasion, 28 Americans died. The bridge was never rebuilt.
Today, the remnants of the bridge-structure on the left side of the Rhine accommodate the peace-museum "Brücke von Remagen. Next to documentation of these historical events, one can find a historical presentation of the Nobel Peace Prize, to which is added yearly. Big picture

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