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The fortress with the rose gardenCologne
Neusser Wall 33
The ‘green fortresses’ of Cologne are a truly unique curiosity. At the turn of the 20th century, some of the fortifications of the city were given a veritable beauty treatment: on the roof of Fort X there now stands a most romantic rose garden that has been there for exactly 100 years.
Flowers for weapons
Fort X is located directly on the Neusser Wall, as part of the ring of fortifications that once encircled the city. The entire creative renovation was started in 1919, once the fort was no longer being used as an element of military defence. That is why the roof of this massive structure emits a marvellous perfume of roses. Still today, the building stands as a model of the construction typical of Prussian architecture. The garden has been arranged according to a geometric plan that casts its charming spell on any visitor. When the weather is nice, the fort is a highly popular gathering place for those looking to soak up the sun, romantic spirits, or simple picnickers. But never fear, there are plenty of quiet spots to go around.
Brilliant hues and intoxicating perfumes
After a rich history Fort X has evolved over time into a delightful oasis. On the first sunny day of the year, you’ve got to go sit in the rose garden with a good book. The delicious fragrances and the brilliant hues of the flowers are a celebration for all the senses. My advice to lovers: you absolutely mustn’t miss the romantic atmosphere at twilight. And for families with kids, I’d especially recommend the playground located within the brick walls of the former fortress. Could there be any better place to play knights and princesses?
Copyright photos„Le Fort X: la forteresse à la Roseraie.“ © Dr. Joachim Bauer
I've always loved Cologne. The city is industrial and romantic at the same time. I love my city for its galleries, classical concerts and elegant restaurants and its traditional and very trendy bars! My little extra: I love words, the arts and literature!