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Everyday Life in Germany, Culture & Leisure in Cologne

Foto: Koelnmesse GmbH


Cologne, Culture and a Special Feeling

Cologne is Germany's fourth-largest city with more than one million inhabitants. It is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas.

It is one of the oldest cities in Germany, having been founded by the Ubii in the year 38 BC. The name is derived from that of the Roman settlement, Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium.

The Cathedral of Cologne, the Town Hall, Romananesque Churches and Much More

Cologne lies on the River Rhine. The city's famous Cologne Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne.


Cologne's Museums Offer a Large Variety of Art Exhibitions

Cologne is a major cultural center of the Rhineland and has a vibrant art scene. Cologne is home to more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture. The Cologne Trade Fair hosts a number of trade shows such as Art Cologne, Cologne International Furniture Fair and the Photokina.


The website « Cologne Turism » provides you with a broad overview of the cultural possibilities you have in Cologne and gives you a first « feeling » of the location of your stay.


The different « Veedel »,  quarters with their characteristics also offer a lot of shopping opportunities