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Cologne is a city in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia, located in the west of the country, on the banks of the Rhine. Founded in 16 AD, Cologne (then Ara Ubiorum) in the year 50 was elevated to the rank of the city of Agrippina, the wife of Emperor Claudius. In the Middle Ages, the number of religious buildings grew, Cologne became equal to Jerusalem (at least as it was said in those days). In 1248, the cathedral was founded. But its construction was completed only in 1880. In 1388, a university was founded in the city. Cologne was the first city with a democratic constitution and kept aloof from any kind of upheaval. However, in 1794, French troops entered the city, and after 1815 he moved to Prussia. In 1945, the city was destroyed by 80 percent, but the inhabitants lovingly restored it literally “from the ashes.” Continue reading
Baden-Baden is a spa town in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg, located on the western slopes of the Black Forest. Until 1931, the city was called Baden, but people often spoke of Baden in Baden (the Baden region) and this is how the current double name Baden-Baden originated.
Baden-Baden is famous for its hot springs. Even the ancient Romans noted the healing properties of these sources. The ruins of Roman baths are still preserved in Baden-Baden. And in the XVIII century, Baden-Baden turned into the largest resort in Europe, where monarchs, nobles, writers and musicians gathered. In the XIX century, the city became quite popular among the Russian aristocracy, it was visited by Fedor Dostoevsky, Ivan Turgenev, Anton Chekhov and others. Continue reading