Welcome to Cologne, Germany. Unless you arrived by Autobahn, you were most likely greeted by the famous Cologne Cathedral. Right next door, you’ll find a Roman museum that contains some amazing ancient artifacts. (When you see an old tiled floor, you’ll also learn that the swastika once held a different meaning in Europe. It still does in other parts of the world.) And as you explore, you’ll find more old churches (and a synagogue) as well as historical sites from the Nazi era.
The city deserves its reputation as solid a tourist attraction.
Problem is, almost everything there is old and tourists never express any interest in such unfashionable nonsense. Fortunately, you can always always count on a city’s upscale shopping district (in Cologne’s case, a road that is limited to pedestrians) to offer up something fresh and tacky.
On a rainy day, there’s nothing more refreshing than ice cream.
And on second thought, Cologne can be a dark and depressing place when the weather turns gray. So maybe the fresh ice cream cone isn’t that bad.