Located on the Rhine, Cologne is the fourth-largest city (approx.1,000,000 inhabitants) and the oldest city in Germany, with a history going back almost 2000 years.

This lively city on the Rhine River offers a wealth of cultural activities, international trade fairs and conferences, and numerous major events. Attractions such as the Cologne Cathedral and the city‘s 12 large Romanesque churches create an unforgettable impression on visitors.

The Cologne Cathedral “Kölner Dom” is Germany‘s largest cathedral, the world’s third tallest and over 765 years old. The cathedral is a World Heritage Site since 1996 and the world’s purest and most complete example of a High Gothic cathedral, according to UNESCO.

Cologne offers a diverse food scene with 3,400 gastronomic establishments, the highest number of pubs in Germany and numerous gourmet restaurants. There are 27 brands of Cologne’s local top-fermented beer “Kölsch” which is served in the brewhouses by waiters known as “Köbes” in Cologne’s traditional Kölsch bars.

Cologne is home to 240 churches, more than 40 museums, over 130 galleries (for example Museum Ludwig, Museum of Applied Arts Cologne and Wallraf-Richartz-Museum). Unique attractions are the Chocolate Museum, German Sports and Olympic Museum, Farina Fragrance Museum, the Cologne Zoo which is the third oldest zoo in Germany and home to a 20,000 sqm elephant park as well as the “hippodom”, and the incredible river views that are best enjoyed on a boat tour.

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