Cologne: Farina Fragrance Museum and Wallraf-Richartz Museum

Eau de Cologne, or simply cologne, originated from none other than Cologne, Germany. I was able to briefly drop by the Farina Fragrance Museum as it was just in front of the museum I wanted to go to.

Giovanni Maria Farina was an Italian perfumier who created the first ever cologne back in the 18th century, and it’s amazing how the 8th generation Farinas are still at it with their scent business after so many years. Farina gegenüber is the world’s oldest eau de Cologne and perfume factory, and their notable customers included royals, aristocrats, and the world’s greatest artists. Didn’t catch the guided tour inside the museum, but the souvenir shop was still worth a visit!

Instead, I spent most of my time at the Wallraf-Richartz Museum right across. One of the three major museums in Cologne, it houses some of the best Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and Impressionist works of art. I particularly enjoyed reading the museum labels here – they were so easy to understand and most of them told very interesting stories/trivia that you rarely get to hear about anywhere else.

The special exhibition during my visit featured Godefridus Schalcken work. He was a master of light and most of his work featured a single candlelight as a light source. As usual, photography was prohibited in the exhibition, but I’m still glad the museum introduced me to this artist!