The best weather of our entire trip came on our day in Cologne. Mostly sunny morning skies provided beautiful light in which to visit and shoot the Cologne Cathedral, another UNESCO World Heritage site that dates back to 1248 and is the country's most visited landmark.
Gothic masterpiece took place in several stages over seven centuries and wasn't completed until 1880.
Gerhard Richter. The "pixelated" window, as my kids called it, was installed in 2007 to replace a plain glass window that had itself replaced the original window that had been destroyed in World War II.
Shrine of the Three Kings,
created in 1190 and traditionally believed to hold the remains of the Three Wise Men, whose relics were acquired by Frederick Barbarossa at the conquest of Milan in 1164.
Cologne was probably my favorite stop of our trip, and our time at the cathedral was a big reason why.