Frankfurt & Cologne

One of my early travels, courtesy of a project based on Antwerp in 2006, allowing me to spend every other weekend exploring a new part of Europe rather than heading home. From Antwerp I caught a train to Frankfurt, spending a day there before heading onto Cologne, then back to Antwerp Sunday evening.

Frankfurt is the financial capital of Germany, and possibly soon Europe depending on how Brexit pans out. It’s a surprisingly compact city, surrounded by forest, and home to some of the tallest buildings in Europe. On a sunny day they look impressive from the ground…

…and from the top give great views of the city.

Frankfurt was heavily bombed during the Second World War and little remains of the old city, but there are a few areas remaining / rebuilt. The Opera House is particularly impressive.

There were some good museums along by the riverfront, but the highlight for me was the wonderful Museum Für Moderne Kunst, less so for the collection, more for the amazing building itself.

A less interesting building but better collection was found in the Museum Ludwig, which has a particularly large Picasso collection.

The highlight of Cologne for me was the mighty Cologne Cathedral, a stunning survivor of WW2 (though badly damaged), which has the largest façade of any church in the world.

    

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