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f you want to make your next trip to Europe more exciting, see if you can find some special places or especially interesting things to do. I will give you some ideas in Germany and Austria which may be new to you. Here is a review of a two-week trip my wife, Hildegard, and I took last July and August. Don’t expect everything we did to be a fit for you. If you find one interesting idea, then reading this article will be worth your time. We flew from PDX to SeaTac to Frankfurt am Main. Then we took a train from the Flughafen to Cologne, Germany’s third largest city which dates back to the Roman Empire.
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A key suggestion is to understand what makes a city special. Koeln is famous for its museums, so we explored a few of the eighteen I counted. The WallrafRichartz-Museum displays European art from the 13th to the 20th century. Realistic paintings from Lochner, Rubens, Rembrandt, etc. were presented on three floors. The Roman-German Museum displayed artifacts from the Roman period when Koeln was the biggest city north of the Alps. Koelnisches Stadtmuseum had its regular collection providing insight into the political history, economy
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