The cathedral is surrounded by shops, beer halls (in Cologne, beer is served in small glasses and the servers keep bringing replacements as we finish each one), and the train station. The bridge across the river from the train station is covered with love locks and we cross to return to our ship.
Streets and beer halls around the cathedral
Train station and love locks
We walk along the banks of the Rhine, passing parks, restaurants, and more beer halls.
Along the banks of the Rhine
We reach the Museum of Chocolate and observe the mixture of old and new together on the banks of the Rhine.
Museum of Chocolate
Old and new together
We stroll through down the shopping streets of modern Cologne, entering a department store to admire the food, especially the white asparagus, which is now in season.
Department store food
Returning to the cathedral, we find street artists at work with chalk in the plaza outside.
We cross the Rhine on the pedestrian part of the railroad bridge (passing the love locks) and find a small pop-up beer garden on the bank close to our ship.
Crossing over, portable beer garden
We've only scratched the surface of Cologne, but we truly enjoy what we see.