Weekend adventure

Making it to Gummersbach, Germany has been on our ‘to do’ list since moving here.  Seeing the town from where your last name originates is a must do.  Never mind that our American way of saying the name is barely understood here.  Or that Quinn thinks our last name is just Bach.  Yes, better to ignore those little details.  So moving on.  This was our weekend and so we set out on Saturday to explore Gummersbach.

On our way to Gummersbach!

The town is about 1 1/2 hours away from Oberursel, which made for an easy drive.  Quinn was surprisingly good in the car, although come to think of it…she did have an ENTIRE bag of gummy bears to keep her occupied.  We pointed out the signs indicating how much further till we reached our town and before we knew it, we had arrived.  The only plan we had was to eat lunch at the Gummersbach Brauhaus (a local brewery), so we parked the car and set out to see the town.  And it is a town.  Small for sure, but cute and charming as well.

In the States, people stumble over the name Gummersbach.  It doesn’t exactly… roll off the tongue.  That coupled with the fact that it’s fairly uncommon (I don’t know any Gummersbachs other than Joe’s family) makes it so much stranger to see it attached to shop names and city banners.  As we made our way through the town center it was a bit funny to see “Gummersbach Sports Offensive” and the like.

Map of Gummersbach

Since it was FREEZING, we quickly ducked into the Brewery I mentioned to have lunch.  After warming up there and enjoying a local beer, we moved on to see a bit more.  We looked for the perfect spot to get the obligatory “family photo in front of the Gummersbach name”, but sadly, never really found it.

entrance into our lunch spot

The brewery....decorated for carnival.


Das Brauhaus menu


Once we felt we had seen enough, we got in the car and drove to Cologne to spend the night.  This was only about a 30 minute drive and left us with enough time to walk around the city a bit before having dinner.  Again, the frigid temperatures held us back a bit, keeping us from a more in depth survey of the area.  Our hotel was very near the Cologne Cathedral which is breathtaking.  I want to revisit the city just to have another look at this amazing church.  It took over 6oo years to build and one can see why.  The amount of detail is mind-boggling.  I can’t even begin to imagine how the plans for such a structure looked…and before all of the architecture/planning software of the modern age.

part of the Cathedral at night....impossible for me to capture entire building without being very far away.

Another view of the Cathedral- still only part of it and also from a different side.


Part of Cathedral during day...loved this massive arch over what I presume is the main entrance.

one of the archways/smaller entrances...those are all detailed statues lining the arch.


There is also a large shopping area which is marked by one of the most popular pedestrian zones in Germany.  To the other side of the Cathedral is a charming waterfront area with loads of restaurants and cafes.  In the winter it was inviting and cozy, but in the warmer months I can only imagine it is divine to sit outside near the water with a view of the Cathedral and enjoy a local Koelsch beer.

Here is a view across the river- two peaks of Dom Cathedral on the far right.

While walking across this bridge we passed a huge section of love locks.

Here is a little story on the meaning behind the locks .  There were parts of the gate that were so absolutely full, they could not fit another lock!

This was just a short little weekend trip, but I am hoping to make it back for another look at the city during warmer weather!

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One Comment

  1. Danielle
    Posted February 29, 2012 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    Those statues on the cathedral are INSANE! Imagine the amount of patience it took to make all of those. I hope your next journey is much warmer!

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