Travel Diaries I – Frankfurt & Cologne

If you follow me on social media, then you probably have seen my barrage of photos from Germany. My fiancé, Theo, and I stayed in 3 major cities during our entire trip: Frankfurt, Berlin, & Munich. Today, I will just be discussing part one of our trip, which includes Frankfurt and Cologne.

Figuring out Frankfurt

Frankfurt was our first stop mainly because we flew into the Frankfurt airport. After traveling by plane for 16 hours, a 15 minute train ride, and a 10 minute walk, we arrived at our hotel. We stayed at the Hotel NH Frankfurt Messe located in front of a concert hall and convention center. The hotel catered mostly to people on business trips, as we were staying in Frankfurt’s financial district. After freshening up at the hotel, we left for a lunch reservation I had made.

We walked to the restaurant which was located on a busy avenue loaded with eateries, small businesses, and many people in suits. After eating a very spicy Indian meal, we decided to head back to the hotel for a quick nap. Our “quick” nap turned into a 3 hour nap but thankfully the sun was still up. We decided to walk around our hotel, meandered through a nice park, and found our way to the Skyline Plaza. The Skyline Plaza is a huge shopping mall and had a rooftop garden. Unfortunately, it was closed so we ended up leaving after walking around inside for a few minutes.

The rest of our evening walk led us to a Korean fusion restaurant. We ended up eating here since they had some vegan options. It was an interesting experience as the waitress and I conversed only in German, even though I probably did not make much sense. But I was proud of myself for putting my German to the test! After dinner, we decided to call it a day. We had a big day trip to Cologne to prepare for!

 

Outfit: The Basics

My outfit for the day consists of a basic black ribbed dress from ASOS and an oversized jean jacket. I actually ended up changing my shoes various parts of the day, but stuck mostly to my trusty black booties from H&M for some style. In the evening, I switched to my Adidas since we spent a majority of the evening walking around. A lot of these pieces will show up again throughout my trip but the jean jacket was definitely a great travel piece to bring along.

Day 2: Cologne Crawl

It took about an hour and a half to get to Cologne by train. The train station was actually located right across the Cologne Cathedral, our first stop of the day. If you like gothic architecture, you would appreciate the Cologne Cathedral. In fact, I believe it is one of the largest Gothic churches. It is free to roam around the inside of the cathedral. From the gigantic stained glass windows to the intricate details on the ceilings, it was truly a beautiful sight. It probably took 30-45 minutes to explore the entire building. At the end of our tour, Theo bought me a beautiful rosary at the cathedral’s shop.

 

After exploring the cathedral, we wandered through the various souvenir shops that were close by. We bought a lock for the bridge that was located behind the cathedral. Cologne had it’s very own love lock bridge over the Rhine river. The lock we chose was red with an engraved heart. The lady at the shop handed us a marker to write our names and a customary message on the lock. On the other side of the lock, we wrote “just engaged”. It was actually tough finding a good place to leave it on the bridge, but we found a spot right in the center.

We spent the rest of the day walking along the side of the river and gazing into the neat cobble stoned alleyways. Most of our time in Cologne we spent in the vicinity of Domerplatz, the busy shopping area around the cathedral. There were plenty of shops and restaurants and this was actually where we had our first German beer. Not a huge beer drinker, but I did enjoy it!

Outfit: Comfortable Chic

I knew I was in for a day full of walking. I chose my nude lace up flats from Charlotte Russe and paired it with black treggings and a one shoulder tank. Keeping comfort in mind, I definitely wanted to look a bit more put together for this day. The black treggings from HM are such a great staple to have. They are probably one of the most versatile bottoms I have in my closet. I love that I can dress them up for work, or wear them for a casual day like in the photos from my day in Cologne.

See below for all pieces in today’s post plus some similar items!

Stay tuned for my next post detailing our stay in Berlin!

Til next time,

April

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