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11 good reasons for Cologne

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Central: Optimal accessibility, located at the heart of Europe
  • Cologne/Bonn airport: sixth-largest passenger and third-largest air freight hub in Germany as well as destination for flights of numerous airlines all over the world
  • Frankfurt and Düsseldorf airports are less than an hour away
  • Cologne is quickly reached via Thalys trains from Brussels (1h48) and Paris (3h20) and via Eurostar/ICE trains from London (4h11)
  • Centrally located on the Rhine, second-largest inland harbour in Germany

Historic: 2,000 year-old heritage, Germany’s oldest major city
  • Roman historical sites such as the Praetorium (Governor's Palace) or the world famous Dionysos mosaic in the Romano-Germanic Museum
  • Medieval city gates, medieval town hall and the Archaeological Zone
  • Cologne City Museum with exhibits dating from the Middle Ages to the present
  • The NS-Documentation Centre (EL-DE House) is Germany's largest local memorial to the victims of National Socialism
  • Today, with over one million inhabitants, Cologne is Germany’s fourth-largest city

Cultural: One of Europe’s foremost cities of arts and culture
  • Home to 240 churches, including the 12 large Romanesque churches
  • More than 40 museums including the Museum Ludwig, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Romano-Germanic Museum, Museum for Applied Art and Kolumba
  • The Cultural Centre at Neumarkt: the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum – Cultures of the world and Museum Schnütgen form an architectural ensemble
  • Over 130 galleries, 1,100 professional artists, 200 professional musical ensembles, 170 record labels, 70 theatre and cabaret ensembles
  • lit.COLOGNE is one of Europe’s largest international literature festivals

Distinction: Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Germany's largest cathedral, the world’s third tallest and over 765 years old
  • A World Heritage Site since 1996; the Cologne Cathedral is the world’s purest and most complete example of a High Gothic cathedral, according to UNESCO
  • Home to the Shrine of the Three Magi
  • Since 2007: The south transept window, which consists over 11,000 colourful squares of glass, was designed by the Cologne-based artist Gerhard Richter
  • Germany's most visited tourist attraction with 6 million visitors a year

Successful: Outstanding location for science and business
  • With more than 100,000 students at 16 state and private universities, Cologne is the third-largest university city in Germany
  • Four Clusters of Excellence: CEPLAS (Plant Sciences), CECAD (Aging Research), ECONtribute (Markets and Public Policy) and ML4Q (Matter and light for Quantum Computing)
  • Leading research institutions such as the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the European Space Agency (ESA) and four Max-Planck-Institutes based in Cologne
  • A seat of industry with major chemical, pharmaceutical, automotive, machine and plant production, service, logistics and biotechnology companies
  • Media city: home to large TV stations such as WDR and RTL, several radio stations and more than 70 publishing houses

Stimulating: centre for conventions and trade fairs
  • Koelnmesse: hosting on some 80 trade fairs and exhibitions; more than 53,500 companies and around 3 million visitors from 221 countries
  • Leading trade fairs: Anuga, ART COLOGNE, DMEXCO, FIBO, gamescom, imm cologne, ISM, ORGATEC and photokina
  • 174 attractive conference venues and 300 hotels with 32,000 beds available
  • In 2017, 49,521 events with 4.003 million participants took place

Eventful: Top events throughout the year
  • Annual events: carnival, lit.Cologne, Eight Bridges – Music for Cologne, Romanesque summer, ColognePride, SummerJam, Cologne Lights, c/o pop, RheinEnergieMarathon, long nights of the Cultural Institutions, Christmas markets
  • Superlative concert venues: RheinEnergie stadium (50,000 seats); Lanxess arena as Germany’s largest multi-purpose arena (20,000); Philharmonic hall with perfect acoustics in space that’s been modelled on amphitheater (2,000)

Cosmopolitan: Open-minded and multicultural lifestyle
  • People from 182 countries and 250 distinct cultures live in Cologne
  • Over 200 foreign cultural initiatives, five international cultural institutions, 24 partner cities around the world (including Beijing and Rio de Janeiro)
  • A diverse food scene: more than 3,000 gastronomic establishments, high number of pubs and numerous gourmet restaurants
  • Cologne is home to a large and vibrant gay and lesbian community

Traditional: Carnival and Kölsch culture
  • The world-famous Cologne carnival – also known as the "fifth season"; one million spectators at the Rose Monday Parade, the highlight of carnival season
  • Around 25 brands of Cologne’s local top-fermented beer “Kölsch”; served in the brewhouses by waiters known as "Köbes" in Cologne’s traditional Kölsch bars
  • Local food specialties include "Halver Hahn" (“Half Chicken”: a rye roll with butter, mustard and Dutch cheese) or "Himmel un Äd" (“Heaven and Earth”: black pudding, fried onions, mashed potatoes and applesauce)

Modern: Trendy neighbourhoods and shopping areas
  • The Rheinauhafen, Cologne’s historic waterfront district with boulevard, architectural highlights, galleries, showrooms and restaurants
  • Small exclusive designer boutiques and studios sell off-beat fashions and accessories in the "Belgian Quarter" or Ehrenfeld neighbourhood
  • Schildergasse and Hohe Straße are two of Germany’s favourite shopping streets

Compelling: Metropolis with a unique range of attractions
  • Special: the Chocolate Museum, German Sports and Olympic Museum, Farina Fragrance Museum, House 4711 on Glockengasse
  • The Odysseum: 5,500 m² of science and fun for the entire family
  • Cologne Zoo: the third oldest zoo in Germany; home to a 20,000 m² elephant park and the hippodom, a replica of an African river landscape
  • Incredible river views that are best enjoyed on a boat tour or a ride with the cable car

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ITB Berlin 2019

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