005. Cologne, Germany
“Like all great travelers, I have seen more than I remember, and remember more than I have seen.” – Benjamin Disraeli

Cologne is the fourth-largest city in Germany (after Berlin, Hamburg, and Munich), located on both sides of the Rhine River, less than eighty kilometres from Belgium.

The city's famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. The University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln) is one of Europe's oldest and largest universities.

Cologne was founded in the first century AD. During the Middle Ages it flourished on one of the most important major trade routes between east and west in Europe.

Cologne was one of the most heavily-bombed cities in Germany during World War II, the successful postwar rebuilding has resulted in a very mixed and unique cityscape.
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