A series of fortifications were built around Cologne on the left bank of the Rhine in the early 19th century. Some of them are still standing today. However, none is as well preserved as Fort X on the Neusser Wall.
The impressive fortification was converted into a public park by Fritz Encke, Cologne’s most famous landscape gardener in 1921. It has been reported that it was rose lover and Lord Mayor Konrad Adenauer who commissioned the rose garden that is located high above the city.
Since I recently moved right around the corner, I often come to this place. For me, the rose garden is the perfect outdoor getaway to breathe some fresh air after a day of work at the home office or to find relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the city. If you love roses, you can admire more than 40 different varieties here.
Personally, I love sitting in the semi-shade under the sycamore trees in early summer evenings reading a book or chatting with a friend. What I find so special about this place is that I am at the same time in the middle of the city and yet so removed from it.