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Viking River Cruise - Duisburg to Cologne

Cologne Cathedral lights up the sky!
Cologne Cathedral lights up the sky!
We awoke to sailing down the river with a snowy countryside – a fresh layer on the ground to greet us. We were dropped off in Duisburg to take buses to see the Air Package/Gasometer in Oberhausen, Germany. We also had the option to stay onboard if we wanted but we heard there really wouldn’t be anything worth seeing. I hadn’t heard of Christo before, but many others in our group were familiar with him and his works. There was a Minnesota connection as Christo had done one of his projects with the Minneapolis Institute of Art back in the 1960’s.

We then had the option to go to Essen, Germany to visit either the Zollverein Coal Mine or the Red Dot Museum (both in the same complex). I opted to see the Red Dot Museum. It is the world’s largest museum housing contemporary design with over 2,000 products. The products are submitted and then if they receive the Red Dot award, they send their product in to be displayed. There was everything from a Novopen (for insulin), fire extinguisher, strollers, office furniture, a motorcycle, kitchen products, bath products and an area dedicated to Steve Jobs. It was neat to see the old building with new vibrant, bright products inside. It wasn’t anything I probably would have ever discovered on my own.

This afternoon, we set sail for Cologne. Scenery along the river was nice. I could imagine its beauty once spring had sprung, it was a little early yet being that we were sailing in March.

Arriving into Cologne was majestic. What a beautiful city! We arrived early enough that we had time to experience an evening mini-pub crawl. What was great was the ship was docked overnight in Cologne so we had the night to do as we wished. After the pub crawl, we took the opportunity to check out the cathedral all lit up in the night sky – just amazing!

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