Highlights

Multi-facetted and colourful Cologne extends a cordial invitation to visitors and has highlights to suit every taste:

ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN

Besides impressive architectural highlights, schools and festivals of design provide new impulses for new creations.

CATHEDRAL

As the symbol of the city, Cologne Cathedral is world-famous - with more than six million visitors a year.

CARNIVAL

"Kölle Alaaf"! Whether in the Altstadt, the Südstadt or on the Ring – during the so-called fifth season you will see Carnival fans in fancy dress celebrating on the streets.

COLOGNE LIGHTS

A brilliant summer night's dream.The atmospheric event with synchronized fireworks and music is the highlight of summer in Cologne.

ART AND CULTURE

Cologne’s art and culture scene is home to a multi-facetted theatre, opera and cinema scene, beside the Philharmonie numerous other popular concert locations, for literature fans not only lit.COLOGNE and for art and culture-lovers many well-known museums and the Romanesque churches.

NIGHTLIFE

Night owls too are sure to get their money’s worth: on the Ring, in the side streets between Friesenplatz and Rudolfplatz, in the Zülpicher quarter, the so-called “Kwartier Latäng" or in the district of Ehrenfeld: there is something for everyone!

PARKS AND GARDENS

No matter what part of Cologne you find yourself in: there is plenty of greenery - the green belt, parks and gardens cover 41 km² and leave their mark on the cityscape.

RHINE AND SHIPPING

The Rhine: thanks to the river Cologne has a breath of that refreshing charm that turns cities into fascinating metropolises.

SHOPPING

Cologne is one of the most popular shopping metropolises: the Schildergasse and the Hohe Strasse, but also the Ehrenstrasse, the Mittelstrasse, Cologne’s shopping malls in the city centre and on the Ring, as well as shopping streets in the various districts invite you to extensive shopping sprees.

CHRISTMAS MARKETS

Mulled wine, roasted almonds or an original Christmas gift - a stroll around the well-known Cologne Christmas markets is a traditional part of the season of Advent.