During our walking tour our guide pointed out the tower of Cologne's Rathaus (like a Courthouse/public records building). Most of the original tower was destroyed by bombings, but some of the original stones were used in the reconstruction, and some of the statues that adorn it were salvaged as well. The statues represent important figures of the city.
Fun fact: every hour on the hour, the carved face beneath the clock sticks its tongue out at onlookers, extending once for each hour that has passed. Adorable!
Another point of interest on our tour was the building below -- since most of the city was destroyed by bombings (and time) it's rare to find a place that's in its original state. This building boasts the oldest standing facade in the city, the bottom level having been constructed in 1643.
Below is the Hohenzollernbrücke, stretching over the Rhine River.
Still to come:
another impressive cathedral
and a fountain with an interesting story.