By Joseph Zimba (Zambia); Class of 2015 – Biotechnology

One of the reasons I chose to study in Bremen, apart from the academics and diversity, was the opportunity to visit new cities and explore new cultures. While some students chose to visit Spain, Amsterdam, Italy and other countries close by, my friends and I decided to visit the beautiful city of Cologne. A five hour journey by train, we were there before midday, already exploring the city and feasting our eyes with the beautiful sites.

Koln Dome
The majestic Cologne Dome

The most impressive building I saw was the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral). Standing a height of over 144 m, the cathedral is visible from almost everywhere around the city. It took over 600 years for the Dom to be built. It is also known to house the shrine of the Three Wise Men spoken of in the gospel of Matthew.

Another interesting place to visit in Cologne was the 4711; a famous Eau de Cologne shop.  Every Thursday customers can arrange to have a lesson on how to make perfume – quite an interesting thing especially if you are studying Organic Chemistry. Before coming back we tried some Vietnamese food, visited a chocolate museum and had one of the best Berliner Pfannkuchens (German doughnuts) ever.

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