Cologne Zuendorf

Zuendorf is a picturesque little village in the South East of Cologne. Its first documented mention dates back to 1009, and Zuendorf celebrates its 1000th anniversary this year (2008).  The village has belonged to the neighbouring Porz since the Middle Ages. In 1975, it was made a part of Cologne together with Porz.

The origin of the name "Zuendorf" (in old documents also given as different variations of Zudendorf)  is not quite certain. It has nothing to do with "zuendeln" (lighting a fire), though: One explanation is that it´s derived from "Sud" (ditch), since it´s surrounded by fields.

Strolls along the Groov

The name "Groov" is derived from "grava" (gravel). It used to be a side arm off the river Rhine partitioned off by a gravel bank/island. Nowadays, that island is connected to the main land by a dam and what used to be the side arm of the river has been turned into two lakes. It´s a popular recreation area.

Withered´s Winter Walk, 2007


Autumn - Withered - is one of the most underrated Pullips ever. I made her hat and scarf to match her stock outfit.

Kimiko - early Spring, 2008

Kimiko: "Next time, I want to wear a pirate outfit!"

Goldie - Spring 2008

Goldie at the Groov Yacht Harbour

Saffy - August 2008

The 12th century Old Tower (Wehrturm), one of the oldest buildings in Zuendorf, houses an art gallery today.


A sleepwalker...

Am Markt

Lower Pond

The original gravel bank is nowadays connected to the land by dams which part the river arm into the Yacht Harbor, Upper Pond and Lower Pond.

Upper Pond

This year, there was plenty of Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera, Indisches Springkraut) everywhere. It´s beautiful but it tends to supplant the native vegetation.

Two of Zuendorf´s old churches: The smaller one in front, St. Michael´s, dates back to the 12th century but has been erected on the site of an even older church. The larger one, St. Mary´s, was built in the 19th century. Both churches are among the oldest in the area.

There is a third one, St. Martin´s, also from the 11th century.

At the edge of the Rhine.

This almost looks like a Roman road... "Via Grava"

Saffy: "Hey, what´s that?"


Saffy (& Steffi): "Wheeee!!! It´s a corpse!!"

Isolde: "Don´t be silly, it´s obviously only an old glove...!"

Saffy: "Boo... why is it always other people who find the cool stuff?"

Aug 2009

The "Little Tea House" (Das kleine Teehaus), an art deco pavilion by the Groov, was built in 1910 by a brewery.

Inselfest 2009: Mittelalterlicher Markt / Medieval Market

Every year in early summer, there is the local "Inselfest" (Island festival) - basically a fun fair with stage, beer tents and gardens and flea market. This year, there was also a small Medieval Market. The Groov turned out to be a lovely setting for it.

July - August 2009: Along the Rhine from Porz to Zuendorf


Villas overlooking the Rhine , Porz.

These prime location villas, erected between 1900 and 1912, are a reminder of the time when Porz was a small industrial town where the companies - mostly glass industry - did not have to mind the building restrictions within the fortified city of Cologne (see: Forgotten Fortifications). The left villa used to belong to a distinguished doctor, I haven´t found out anything about the other one´s owners yet. Can´t have been poor, though.

The city hall, built in 1910. Sorry about the election posters.

The view from the river is almost unchanged from 50 years ago.



A pensive moment near Zuendorf´s yacht harbour.


Passing the Old Guard Tower (Wehrturm) with its 18th century manor house


St Mariae Geburt (St Mary´s Birth) & Enggasse (narrow lane).

Winter Wonderland, 2010

Statue of St.Nepomuk, patron of shipping and of Zuendorf (1775) on the Market Square.

The Groov lakes are mostly frozen. The ice actually carries, I´didn´t have enough of a death wish to try but I saw people on there.

The ducks and swans all gather where there´s still open water left.

That row of bushes actually marks the bank of the lake. The white plain behind is all frozen lake.

The Rhine has lots of water today.