With our tour group, we visited a couple cities: Cologne, Bonn and Trier.
Cologne is famous for its huge Cathedral. According to Wiki, it’s Germany’s most visited landmark. My photo doesn’t do it justice since I couldn’t capture its grandeur with my micro 4/3’s tiny lens but believe me, it was very impressive! I also noticed many of the stone structures had a darkened color to them due to age and weather. It gave some of the buildings a rather ominous look.
Some people think Beethoven was from Vienna since he spent many of his years there, but his birthplace was actually Bonn. The Beethoven Monument by Klaus Kammerichs in front of the Beethoven Hall in Bonn was amazing! While the front is based on a famous portrait of Beethoven, the back of the monument supposedly depicts the composer after he became deaf.
The weather wasn’t so great while we were in Germany but seriously, this country does the best job of taking care its buildings and keeping them nice. Most of the buildings we passed all looked freshly painted and clean even though you could tell they were built ages ago.
But the best part of Germany is the food! Even though the average income in Germany is higher than that of some of its surrounding countries, the food here is more affordable and very delicious. I got a delicious cheese bagel with sunflower seeds for less than 2 euros.