A walk through Cologne- photo edition!



During the day and a half I spent in Cologne, we did a lot of walking. And I mean a LOT.

First day we were there, Lucy (of the beautiful blog Shiny Thoughts!) and I covered 15kilometres, and paced more than 21k steps! (And yes indeed, I am totally addicted to the ‘health’ iPhone app.) All that walking was the best was the very best way for us to experience to Cologne in such a short space of time.

I found it to be a city of contrasts. We learnt that much of Cologne had to be rebuilt after being razed during the war, and so as a result, it’s a real melting pot of architectural styles. And having looked back at my photographs of the city, I’ve realised quite how much my tastes lean towards the quaint and away from all things modern and structural! There’s barely a single photo on my memory card that isn’t of some pastel hued restaurant, bright cafe table, or picturesque bike leaning up against a shopfront!

Our hotel (the brand spanking new Courtyard Cologne) was right in the centre of the city, a stone’s throw from the train station and a short walk from the beautiful cathedral. It was the cathedral, really, that captured my heart. Photos don’t do it justice at all! In fact, I’ve vowed to myself that if I ever find myself near the city again in the future, I’ll head back to the cathedral for a proper tour.

Here’s Cologne, as told by my camera roll…

What I wore :: Knit jacket (past season Urban Outfitters, similarish at Zara) || Breton top || Black skinnies || Blake’s Red by L’Oreal

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My stay in the Courtyard Cologne, and trip to the city, was courtesy of Marriott, and I can’t thank them enough for their generous hospitality! I was truly impressed by the Courtyard hotel too- the rates are fantastic, rooms are bright and comfortable, and I think it makes the problem of wanting to prioritise spending a city break budget on exploration and dining out over accommodation, but still have somewhere lovely to return to each day, an easy one to solve. And nope, I wasn’t paid or asked or required to share my opinions on the hotel, I was just super impressed by it!

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  • http://www.sophieblunt.com/ Sophie

    Wow Cologne looks beautiful! I’ve never really thought about venuturing outside of Berlin! You may have. Just changed my mind. Sophie xx


  • http://www.lifeoutsidelondon.co.uk Michelle

    I went to Cologne a lifetime ago on a school trip and this is just how I remembered it too – I must have blocked all things modern and blocky from my mind.
    Walking is the absolute best way to see all of somewhere.
    M x

  • http://www.brittonloves.co.uk Lauren S

    Well this is just enough to make me want to go to Cologne myself! The city looks amazing, great architecture and cultural vibe :)

    Lauren x

    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Fashion Beauty – http://www.brittonloves.blogspot.co.uk

  • https://rhymeandribbons.com Amanda @ Rhyme & Ribbons

    I’ve never been to Cologne but it looks beautiful! x

  • emily couture

    Cologne looks stunning and beautiful :)

    emily xx


  • Anna

    lovely pics!!! The Cathedral is amazing :)


  • Izzy

    It looks amazing! x


  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    Cologne looks beautiful. 15 km in one day, that’s really impressive :)

  • https://www.luxlifelondon.com Catherine Lux

    Ah I’d love to visit Cologne one day as it’s where my ‘Lux’ side of the family are from! My great great grandfather was a violinist in the cathedral orchestra!

    C x | Lux Life

  • http://www.blushandrose.blogpot.com Lindsay

    The cathedral is stunning! Love your photos! Did you happen to go inside and have a look at the stained glass windows? One was commissioned by Gerhard Richter (a German artist) and is made up of nearly 12,000 pixel-like squares of different color, reminiscent of his color chart paintings. adore it! Definitely worth checking out if your in Cologne again. xo


  • http://thisparticular.blogspot.co.uk/ Ala

    Cologne is a great city, sounds like you had a really fab time! Great photos x

  • Guest

    Your photos are so beautiful. They make me want to visit Colognue. I love the bright cafe table and the love locks.

  • https://swanlake1701.wordpress.com/ NGOC LAN

    Your photos are so beautiful. They make me want to visit Cologne. I love the bright cafe table and the love locks. You seem to have a great day in Cologne.

  • http://thisandthatblog.co.uk/ Fi @ this and that blog

    Wow I had no idea that Cologne is this stunning and beautiful. It’s definitely popped up a few spots on my to visit list! It looks like you had a great time seeing all the sites. x

  • Brooke

    Beautiful pictures! I agree that the best way to experience a city is by foot and you did an amazing job of capturing Cologne. When I was younger I thought I’d be attracted to more of a modern style, but as I’ve gotten older it couldn’t be more opposite. I love all the colours!

  • http://daydreamsofsummertime.blogspot.co.uk/ Sarah @ DaydreamsofSummertime

    Wow Cologne looks awsome! Another place to add to my list of places to see! xxx

  • Bethan

    Your photos are stunning! Cologne is a place I have always wanted to visit.


  • Pili G

    This pictures are beautiful. I would love to visit Germany one day.



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  • http://www.notcopperarmour.com/ Emma

    Your photos are absolutely beautiful! Makes me want to visit the city now :)


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  • http://www.lucyjlove.blogspot.com Lucy-J

    This gave me some serious wanderlust! I’ve been wanting to visit Germany for a long time and Cologne is near top of my list of cities to visit – this just puts it even higher! Gorgeous photos, glad you had such an amazing time :) xo
    LJLV | UK Personal Style

  • http://www.sheandtell.com/ shannan jessie

    looks like a really beautiful city!

  • http://stampplease.blogspot.com/ Camille

    I’ve heard wonderful things about Cologne and your pictures make me want to go even more!

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • http://www.thesnugblog.com/ Abigail

    Cologne looks so lovely, I’ve always had a vision of doing a tour around Germany. I went for a school trip when I was 13 and haven’t been able to get it out of my head!

  • Helena

    Never been to Cologne but would love to visit some day! These photos are BEAUTIFUL! Sounds like you had a great day ♥


  • http://sallytangle.blogspot.co.uk/ Sally Crangle

    Rosie i just love your photos – they’re so pretty and beautifully shot xxxx

  • http://elliekathleens.blogspot.co.uk Ellie Kathleen

    I love Cologne! Did Marriott approach you to go or did you approach them? The pictures look amazing!


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