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The Essence of Köln

By Linda Tancs

The air is light and easy around 4711 Glockengasse in the heart of Köln, Germany.  That’s where the oldest perfume factory in the world continues to manufacture the “Original Eau de Cologne” (Kölnisch Wasser)–No. 4711–for 300 years now.  And for 300 years the recipe for this precursor to modern colognes has remained unchanged.  The building housing this famous fragrance is renowned as much for its architecture as for its product.  Stunningly beautiful by day and by night, this Gothic house founded by Johann Maria Farina in 1709 offers daily tours and weekly fragrance seminars.   Do you know the full name of this famous address?  The answer will be posted in an upcoming post.

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