Discover the beautiful fountains of Cologne | Germany

Posted by on August 22, 2014

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The beautiful Cologne, situated on the banks of the river Rhine, is the fourth largest city in all of Germany. The metropolitan region in which it stands (Rhein-Ruhr) is highly urbanized, because inside there are more than 11 million people. Strolling along the streets of this beautiful city, you will find the cathedral of Cologne, a beautiful Gothic church and some beautiful art galleries, as well as the Fragrance Museum. However, the element that characterizes the city of Cologne is its fountains (called Brunnen in German). Let’s see some of them.

Cologne Cathedral

Cologne Cathedral

Start your visit with Rheingartenbrunnen, a beautiful fountain that is located near the Cologne Cathedral, the Roman-German Museum and the banks of the Rhine River, from which you can admire a beautiful view of the river. You will be delighted by the many children who daily flock to this fountain in the hottest days. You can sit on a bench and relax in the green spaces that surround it.

Rheingartenbrunnen

Rheingartenbrunnen

At the border of Roncalliplatz, in Am Hof, you’re going to discover the fascinating Heinzelmännchen-Brunnen, one of the most popular fountains in Cologne. This fountain tells the tale of Heinzelmännchen, a small group of good goblins that, during the night, helped the workers of the city of Cologne to complete their work.

Heinzelmännchen-Brunnen

Heinzelmännchen-Brunnen

Near the Pratorium, or the remains of the ancient palace of the Roman governor, you can admire the bronze structure of Fastnachtsbrunnen, also known as the Fountain of the Carnival, that shows famous people of German folklore. Built in 1913 by the artist Georg Grassegger, the particularity of this fountain is that it bears the engraving of a famous phrase that Goethe said while participating in one of the famous carnivals in Cologne in 1825.

Fastnachtsbrunnen

Fastnachtsbrunnen

If you go to Cologne with your children, or you’re a big sweet tooth, then a fountain that you just can’t miss is the one that is located at the Chocolate Museum, one of the largest and oldest museums in Germany. This fountain (Schokoladenbrunnen) special because it has no water; in fact, it has melted chocolate that will delight you when you dip a wafer inside.

Chocolate Fountain

Chocolate Fountain

Cologne fountain photos by: Kattenjan, aXXis262, Rene, thomas, sweetcrumb

For more on Germany check: What to see in Northern Germany, The futuristic Nhow Berlin Hotel | Germany, Discover Leipzig | Symbol of culture of Germany

By +Nikos Kontorigas

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