533 steps to the top of the Cathedral

If anyone had told me during summer months that I would be running in below freezing temps I would have laughed really hard. But I’m definitely not having the last laugh right now.

It all began when my friend suggested that we make a trip to Cologne Cathedral and go to the top. When he said that it was 533 steps, I just assumed it was joke and that there probably is an elevator to get to the top. Construction on this church began in 1248 and is Germany’s most visited landmark.

The first 50 steps on the spiral staircase was fine, then I realized this was no joke, there is no elevator coming to my rescue and I had to keep going. I really wanted to turn back, but there were too many people behind me to do it, so despite the huffing and puffing I had to keep going.

This struggle caught me off guard, I consider myself energetic and fit, but instead I felt old and unfit and out of shape.  Staring at the view from the top I realized that while being on vacation I had thrown my healthy eating habits out of the window along with my exercise.

The smell of food was floating to the top from the Christmas market which was taking place around the Cathedral. Once at the market I forgot about the struggle of climbing the steps and indulged in a little of everything which was on offer. I consoled myself with the fact that 533 steps must have burnt a lot of calories which needed to be replenished and there is always tomorrow to start eating healthy and going running.

So now despite the cold and fog, I make the extra effort of going for a run, because who knows when I will have to climb another 533 steps.

Here are some pics from the top and the Christmas market.















About my random musings

I am originally from South East Asia and I moved to the US about 15 years ago to follow my heart. My heart has since been broken a few times, but I continue to be on journey of trying to mend it. I could talk about running, baking or writing in a small crowd, but put me in a room full of strangers and I will be the one standing in a corner people watching. When I am not writing or running, I would be in my kitchen, flour strewn all over the kitchen counters, music playing in the background and me just rolling and folding dough, excited about what my creation will turn out to be. Besides that I love passionately, when I love, I give it my all, not always a good thing, but that is who I am. I jump both feet in and sometimes I come out with regrets but having learnt a lesson. I believe everything happens for a reason and this is my place to share bits and pieces of my life, my adventures and sometimes misadventures. Hope you enjoy reading my stories as much I enjoy sharing them with you.
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14 Responses to 533 steps to the top of the Cathedral

  1. Reblogged this on Sarah's Attic Of Treasures and commented:
    So beautiful. What a sight to see.

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  2. Markus says:

    And when you come down from the top you mumble 823, 824 just loud enough to hear for the folks coming up . . . Never gets old 🙂

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  3. I know you are in Germany but not sure where at in Germany. When I saw the news about the terrorist attack in Berlin, I automatically thought of you. Are you okay? Please let me know as soon as you can. I have been worried about you!


  4. joyroses13 says:

    Beautiful pics! I would say the climb was worth it! But I understand what you mean about feeling out of shape. I had to climb close to that amount of steps when I was in Paris to see the one cathedral whose name is escaping me right now. Too early in the morning 🙂
    Those doughnuts looked really yummy to!

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  5. Ann Coleman says:

    Judging from the view, I think it was worth climbing up all those steps. Thank goodness you are in condition to do it, I don’t know if I would have made it, no matter how slowly I went.

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  6. How fun! (Except for the 533 steps!) You definitely deserved to indulge after climbing that many steps! LOL! Beautiful photos!

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