Sunday, August 24, 2008

Køln, Tyksland ... Cologne, Germany

Jeg er ikke sikker på hvad jeg troede Tysk byer at være ligesom, men Køln var en rigtig god overraskelse til begge Mads og mig! Køln følte lige en lille by fordi alting var meget hyggelig og stille og den hele by var bygget langs ved Rhein floden og omkring den Dom Kirke, hvilken jeg tror er den mest forbløffende kirke jeg har set i mit liv.
I am not sure what I thought German cities would be like, but Cologne was a great surprise to both Mads and me. Cologne felt like a small town because everything was so cozy and quiet and it felt like the entire town had been built along the Rhine River and around the Cologne Cathedral, which I believe is the most amazing church I have ever seen in my life.

Den var så utrolig stor, vi kunne ikke har den hele kirke i en billed. Den tog mere end 600 år at bygge den Dom Kirke (hvilken begyndte i 1248) og når du kigger på den, du forstår hvorfor! Enhver kender alle af Tyksland blev udelagt under WWII, men Dom Kirken overlevede. Mads fortalte mig hvor Amerikan og Engelsk soldater var meget forsigtigt da de bombeded Tyksland, især i byer såsom Køln fordi de ønskede ikke at bombe noget som gammel og vidunderlig som Dom Kirke. Ting blev udelagt alle omkring kirken, men den blev sparet så nu 800 år efter konstruktion begyndte med den, kan stadig nyde mennesker den.
It was so incredibly big we could not have the whole church in one photo. It took more than 600 years to build the Cologne Cathedral (which began in 1248) and when you look at it, you understand why! Everyone knows all of Germany was destroyed during WWII, but the Cologne Cathedral survived. Mads told me how American and British soldiers were very careful when they bombed Germany, especially in towns such as Cologne because they did not want to bomb something as old and wonderful as the Cathedral. Things were destroyed all around the church, but it was preserved, so now 800 years after construction began on it, people can still enjoy it.

Dom Kirken .... The Cologne Cathedral






En hyggelig gade i Køln ... A cozy street in Cologne


Langs ved stranden af Rhein floden ... Along the banks of the Rhein River


Meget gamle bygninger i Køln (fra 1600s)...Very old buildings in Cologne (from 1600s)


Vi gik 506 trin op (og 506 ned!) til den klokke tårn i Dom Kirken og kiggede ud til hele by. Det var forbløffende, men vi var meget træt og meget svedig bageefter!! ... We climbed 506 steps up (and 506 down!) to the bell tower in the Cathedral and looked out at the entire city. It was amazing, but we were quite exhausted and quite sweaty afterwards!!


9 comments:

Mom said...

What a beautiful Cathedral!! I guess by now you are home?? I'm sure you only have a few days to rest until the next trip - ha ha Is the next trip to the seashore with Mads' family?

journeyinfinite said...

Breathtaking...

Mads and Kelli said...

I told Mads that if I EVER hear a German called America the "most capitalistic country they have ever encountered", I am going to punch him in the nose!

Southern Germany is BEAUTIFUL... northern, UGH...
and it is true. We met TWO people in a shop/restaurant WILLING to speak English. I think the others knew it, but just refused... it was the most insane thing I have ever witnessed... and NO ONE accepts credit cards..you better have Euros everywhere you go!

Indra said...

It truly is one of the most amazing cathedrals...I was equally astonished when I went there 9 years ago. We climbed up to the top on a bit of a snowy day and you could almost imagine what it might have looked like when they first started it. Oddly though...when I was there people were more willing to speak in English. Maybe people are more resentful of it now. 9 years can change a lot.
Sounds like a wonderful time though :)

Nichole said...

Looks like such a cute town and what a beautiful cathedral.

American in Norway said...

Sigh.... I LOVE Germany. Still on a quest to find somewhere in Norway that looks like that!

Joseph said...

WOW, I love the Cathedral. It reminds me so much of the Cathedral in Seville, Spain. I'm so glad you are getting to see these things.

Marianne said...

I love the tall, narrow houses! They must be very hard to furnish in a way that is convenient.

Bluefish said...

I love the cathedral. No one speaks English in Munich unless you're in tourist area.