KölnKongress GmbH Company History

The origins of KölnKongress GmbH, which was founded in 1994 as a subsidiary of Koelnmesse (49% of the shares) and the City of Cologne (51% of the shares), are to be found in the former Congress Department of Koelnmesse. With the take-over in 1997 of the operation of the Gürzenich Köln – a splendid building dating back to the 15th century which stands in the heart of the city centre and shortly before had been generally restored in just two years at a cost of 30 million Euro - another ten employees of the original Congress Department of Koelnmesse joined KölnKongress. At that time, KölnKongress already managed the supporting events of the Cologne trade fairs and marketed the Congress Centres of Koelnmesse in trade fair-free times.
Since June 1998, KölnKongress has been operating the traditional Cologne venue “Tanzbrunnen” which in addition to the characteristic fountain has a 30,000 sq.m. park with open-air stage, the catering facilities of the Rheinterrassen with wonderful views across the Rhine of Cologne’s Old Town, and the Theater am Tanzbrunnen built in 1994.
In 2000, KölnKongress took over “die Bastei”, an imposing rotunda designed by the architect Riphan which towers over the Rhine, which was formerly part of Cologne’s fortifications and today is a venue for celebrations of a special kind.
In cooperation with the Cologne Zoo, since April 2002, KölnKongress has been making it possible to hold exceptional events at the ZooLocation for up to 400 persons in 2,000 sq.m. of space in one of Germany’s largest aquariums.
In May 2004, with the 3,500 sq.m. of the km 689 Cologne Beach Club which is located directly beside the Rhine in the Tanzbrunnen grounds, a further exceptional venue for special events was created.
The Flora Köln, one of Cologne’s most historic buildings originating in the “Gründerzeit” (Period of rapid economic expansion in the 19th Century), with 5 impressive rooms and set in the middle of the Botanical Gardens, was added in April 2006. The general restoration, according to the historic plans, started in November 2011 and Cologne’s festive building could be officially reopened in June 2014.

From September 2008 to the end of 2014, KölnKongress managed the historic listed building, the Staatenhaus am Rheinpark. As of 1st February 2015, it was returned to the City of Cologne, as it is planned to be converted into a musical theatre. Currently, the Staatshaus is being used as an interim venue by the Cologne Opera.

In September 2016, KölnKongress, together with Koelnmesse, founded KölnKongress Gastronomie GmbH. On 1st April 2017, it took over the catering business of the Gürzenich Köln, managing director is Bernhard Conin.

Today, with its eight locations, a total of over 60 rooms and more than 2,000 events each year, KölnKongress is Cologne’s largest suppliers of event venues. 34 employees with consulting competence, with experience and with ideas, have one thing in mind, above all, with each individually planned event: the success of the event for the client!