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Cologne, An Amalgamation

29/08/2016 - 13:22-4 Comments by | nepal flag

It has been almost two months since I arrived here in Cologne, Germany. So far the experience has been so wonderful. I have been to the famous Kölner Dom, Römisch Germanisches Museum, some parks, the markets, the shopping streets, to the nearby city of Bonn and Duisburg, and also once to Brussels, Belgium till date. In this blog, I am going to describe about Cologne as I have seen it and felt it because I have found Cologne as a very vibrant and dynamic place to be in.

Cologne

Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany. Only Munich, Berlin and Hamburg are larger than it in terms of size. Cologne, also called Köln in Deutsch, is located in the western part of Germany and lies in the Nordrhein-Westfallen (NRW) region. There are many other cities in NRW which are in proximity to Cologne such as Aachen, Bonn, Essen, Dusseldorf, Dortmund and Duisburg. Although, Dusseldorf is the capital of NRW, Cologne is the most populated city in the region with a population slightly more than 1 million.

Rhine River

River Rhine flows through the heart of the city. The Rhine flows from South to North, from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea. I found it quite strange in the beginning because in Nepal, rivers flow from North to South, from the Himalayas to the sea in the South.

I was amazed when my language teacher told us that Cologne is a city about 2000 years old. Back then, the Roman people established there civilization in this city. It was an ideal place for trade as merchants from all over Europe travelled on ship in the Rhine river and passed by this place.

Römisch Germanisches Museum

Inside the Römisch Germanisches Museum

One of our language teachers, Philip, took us to visit the Römisch Germanisches Museum. The Museum is located near the famous Cathedral of Cologne and was established in the 1950s. Since its establishment, more than 20 million people have already visited this Museum till today.

I was surprised by the antiquity of Roman civilization which was over a thousand year old. In those times, Cologne was famous in Europe for its glasswork. I was really amazed by the sculpture, art works, decorations, ornaments, jewelry, kitchenware, windows, water heating and cooling techniques, architecture and engineering. Although science and technology have just prospered since a few centuries, the level of perfection and precision in their works left me awestruck.

Over a period of time, these works were discovered in different places in and around Cologne and are safely preserved here in this museum. Another interesting thing of this museum is that they have also mentioned the story behind those works and the location where they were discovered.

 Kölner Dom

Today, whenever people talk about Cologne, the first thing that comes to their mind is the Cathedral, famously known as the Kölner Dom. It is one of the most visited places in entire Germany by the tourists. The Cologne Haupt Bahnhof is located close to the Dom. Therefore, people enter and leave Cologne every time with the magnificent view of Dom from the train.

The famous Kölner Dom which seems to touch the sky.

One of our language teachers, Peter, took us to the Kölner Dom one day. We came to know that the Kölner Dom is the largest church in the Northern Europe which is built in the Gothic style. Its construction began in the 13th century. After about 250 years from the beginning, the construction was stopped but resumed again in the 19th century. Altogether, it took about 600 years since the beginning to complete the construction of the Dom.

In and around the Dom, we can also see many musicians playing different instruments in the square. I found some of them really very talented and loved the fact that they were playing the music for the delight of the people.

Ancient Places

There are many buildings, towers, castles, churches and forts of ancient times in Cologne which we can see while riding on the train or walking on the road. Many places and streets have historic names. I am sure, that if we get deeply into the names, we can find special meaning and significance in them.

Eco-friendliness of Cologne

I really like the fact about Cologne that despite being one of the largest cities in Germany, it has got many parks and green space in it. In most places, there are separate lanes for the cyclists in the roads. Therefore, I believe that Cologne is a very eco friendly city. As I observe it now, the parks and the bank of Rhine River are the popular hangout for people during summer.

Weather (Strange thing about Cologne)

I found the weather of Cologne quite strange though. It is very unpredictable. One week it is bright and sunny, the other week it is cloudy, windy and cold, and the other week it is rainy. The people here are used to it. I am also getting used to check the weather forecast every day and dress up accordingly. The weather forecast is mostly reliable though.

Summing up my experience till now

As a whole, from my experience so far, I have found Cologne to be a beautiful city- vibrant and colorful. It is a fine amalgamation of history with modernization. The people here are friendly and nice and are willing to help you even when you don’t have a good German language skill. Cologne has got plenty of avenues for people to enjoy and also to make friends with other people from different parts of the world. One just needs to take the initiative himself/herself.

Kölner Lichter Festival

Every year, the Kölner Lichter Festival is celebrated in mid July. Lights are exploded into the sky at night from 23.30 to 00.00 from the ships in the Rhine river near the bridge. It was an amazing sight to capture for me with my friends.

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4 Comments

    Dear Madam/Sir ,(Visa Delay)

    I have collected my documents in 06/06/2016 (13 weeks ago) but I didnt get my Visa yet ,Even my course (MBA from CBS College in Cologne city) will start in next week So please inform me about my Visa application :

    Regards

    Babak Barany

    Comment by Babak Barany created 05/09/2016 - 13:13

      Hi Babak,
      please get in touch with the German embassy or German consulate in your home country. On the website of the German Federal Foreign Office you can find the addresses of German diplomatic missions abroad http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/sid_B1CB5F98FD3681A689450B209A7AA2BA/EN/Laenderinformationen/DtAuslandsvertretungenA-Z-Laenderauswahlseite_node.html
      Best wishes, your Study in Germany team

      Comment by Redaktion created 06/09/2016 - 10:28

    Dear Sir/ Madam,
    I am applying for the sandwich Model DAAD scholarship ( Research Grants – Bi-nationally Supervised Doctoral Degrees) . In the list of the required documents it is written that I have to submit a proof of permission to take a doctoral degree at the home university. Is there any format for this thing or in a plain paper the letter should be submitted. If it is in the plain paper then whom should it be addressed?

    Regards,
    Kasturi

    Comment by Kasturi Mukherjee created 08/09/2016 - 16:56

      Hi,
      for further information please get in touch with the contact that is listed next to the scholarship programme or email infocenter@daad.de
      Best wishes, your Study in Germany team

      Comment by Redaktion created 09/09/2016 - 07:43

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