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Cologne Information Guide

Cologne – The lovable metropolis on the Rhine

This lively city on the Rhine offers a wealth of cultural activities, international trade fairs and conferences, and numerous major events. Attractions such as Cologne Cathedral, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city’s 12 large Romanesque churches create an unforgettable impression on visitors. The cathedral city of Cologne is home to many museums and galleries that present top-class art treasures of all styles and from all epochs. With shopping streets, alleys in the “old town” and characteristic urban neighbourhoods – known as “Veedel” in Cologne’s own dialect.

Cologne is considered an insider tip as one of Germany’s greatest cities for shopping. And let’s not forget the excellent and exciting night life-among Germany’s major cities, Cologne has the highest density of pubs and taverns. Around 3,300 bars, cafes and restaurants invite the visitor to enjoy a cool Kölsch beer. Cologne is richer in diversity, and more vital and lovable than virtually any of Germany’s other big cities. The “Cologne way of life” is highly infectious – and that’s reason enough to pay Cologne a visit!

A UNESCO World Heritage Site – Cologne Cathedral

  •  Germany’s largest Cathedral, third tallest in the world; over 765 years old
  •  A World Heritage Site since 1996, the cathedral is the world’s purest and most complete example of a High Gothic cathedral, according to UNESCO
  •  Home of the renowned Shrine of the Three Magi
  •  Since 2007: The window with over 11,000 colourful squares, designed by the artist Gerhard Richter
  •  Germany’s most visited tourist attraction: 6.5 million visitors a year

The night life district and the shopping miles

  • Rheinauhafen, a new, modern district and innovative business and culture centre, with galleries, showrooms, trendy cafés and restaurants
  • Small, exclusive designer boutiques and studios with offbeat clothing and accessories in the “Belgian Quarter” and in the city’s Ehrenfeld district
  • Cologne’s Schildergasse, one of the most-visited shopping streets in Germany

A metropolis with a unique range of attractions

  • Special: Chocolate Museum, German Sports and Olympic Museum, Fragrance Museum Farina, 4711-House in the Glockengasse
  • Odysseum: Massive, interactive adventure and experience centre for the entire family, with more than 5,500 m2 of experimental areas
  • Cologne Zoo: The third-oldest zoo in Germany, with an elephant park covering 20,000 m² and the Hippodom, a recreation of an African river valley
  • Cologne’s impressive panoramic view of the Rhine River, which can best be enjoyed through a ship ride
  • Daily excursions to the Castles of Brühl: UNESCO World Heritage Site (since 1984) Augustusburg Castle, Falkenlust Hunting Lodge and Brühl Garden

Cologne Gastronomy

Breweries, Kölsch beer and typical dishes

The thriving metropolis on the Rhine has an immense diversity of culinary styles. Guests can choose between more than 3,000 catering outlets – in fact, you can find the cuisine of virtually all of the 181 nationalities represented by the residents of Cologne. In addition to the numerous international restaurants, which reflect the city’s multicultural nature, the city’s breweries in particular radiate the tradition and uniqueness of Cologne’s hospitality.


Cologne’s Cathedral

For centuries, Cologne Cathedral has been the heart and hallmark of this city on the Rhine. The cathedral has always been a major attraction for pilgrims, believers, tourists and architecture lovers from all over the world. With more than six million visitors per year, the cathedral is the most frequently visited attraction in Germany. Due to the building’s impressive Gothic architecture, the shrine of the Three Wise Men, the outstanding stained-glass windows and the many other important works of art, UNESCO declared Cologne Cathedral a World Heritage Site in 1996.

Cologne Cathedral

Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum (Imhoff chocolate museum) was opened by Hans Imhoff on 31 October 1993. It is situated in the Cologne quarter of Altstadt-Süd on the Rheinauhafen peninsula. The exhibits show the entire history of chocolate, from its beginnings with the Olmecs, Maya and Aztecs to contemporary products and production methods.

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4711 is the Eau de Cologne brand of Mäurer & Wirtz a company of the Grünenthal group owned by the family Wirtz and is produced in Stolberg near Aachen, Germany.

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Museum Ludwig

Museum Ludwig, houses a collection of modern art. It includes works from Pop Art, Abstract and Surrealism, and has one of the largest Picasso collections in Europe. It also features many works by Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. The museum emerged in 1976 as an independent institution from the Wallraf-Richartz Museum.

Museum Ludwig

The City Hall/ Rathaus, of Cologne is located off Hohe Straße in the district of Innenstadt, and is set between the two squares of Rathausplatz and Alter Markt. It houses part of the city government, including the city council and offices of the Lord Mayor.It is Germany’s oldest city hall with a documented history spanning some 900 years.

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The Great Saint Martin Church /Groß Sankt Martin, is a Romanesque Catholic church in Cologne,Germany. Its foundations (circa 960 AD) rest on remnants of a Roman chapel, built on what was then an island in the Rhine. The church was later transformed into a Benedictine monastery. The current buildings, including a soaring crossing tower that is a landmark of Cologne’s Old Town, were erected between 1150-1250.

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Cologne Cable Car

The Cologne Cable Car / Kölner Seilbahn or Rheinseilbahn (Köln), is a cableway that runs across the River Rhine in Cologne, Germany. It connects the two banks of the Rhine at the height of Cologne’s Zoo Bridge (Zoobrücke). The cable car over the Rhine was opened on April 26, 1957 in time for the opening of the biannual German horticultural show

Photo – Cologne Cable Car. Author – Maxim75

Cologne Cable Car

Cologne – Christmas Market

The city of Cologne offers six Christmas Markets in total. Among them are four big Christmas Markets located at the Cologne Cathedral, on the Alter Markt, on the Neumarkt and on the Rudolfplatz. The Market at the Cathedral is the most impressive and was voted as the most beautiful in Europe. The maritime Christmas market on the waterfront has a picturesque setting directly on the Rhine. Advent magic spreads throughout Cologne’s Old Town when idyllic Christmas markets open their brightly illuminated gates in late November.

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