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Cologne: Rhine riverscape at twilight

House of Farina. World's oldest working perfumery.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Princess Diana and Bill Clinton couldn't live without it. In 1708 in Cologne, Johann Maria Farina created a fragrance that, in the truest sense of the word, was timeless. This 'eau de Cologne' was designed to remind Italian-born Farina of his homeland. Today, wherever in the world it is used, it's a reminder of the 'perfume city' of Cologne. Since its invention, many different fragrances have been marketed as eau de Cologne. But the original was created here in the House of Farina on the Rhine, where the world's oldest working perfumery today houses a fragrance museum.