Facts and figures

With its almost 2000-year history, Cologne is not only Germany’s oldest city, and with more than 1,025,000 inhabitants its fourth-largest city, but is also the most important city destination in North Rhine-Westphalia:


AS A TRADE FAIR AND CONGRESS LOCATION

 

The Cologne exhibition centre — whose 284,000 m² of exhibition space and about 100,000 m² of outdoor space make it the third-largest in Germany and one of the Top Ten in the world — provides space annually for around 80 exhibitions and international trade fairs with approximately 3 million visitors and more than 50,000 exhibiting companies. In addition, numerous national and international congresses and conferences are organized in Cologne with participants from all over Europe. The total of more than 2,000 events which are held in the 8 locations of KölnKongress attract more than 1 million visitors each year.

 

 

IN THE AREA OF BUSINESS AND MEDIA

The business location of Cologne lies at the centre of Europe’s region with the densest population and most purchasing power. Internationally-operating trading companies, large DAX-listed companies, strong service providers and innovative information technology are all based here. Five TV stations and nine radio programmes broadcast from the cathedral city.

 

AS A SCIENCE LOCATION

The largest university with around 50,000 students and the largest university of Applied sciences in Germany with more than 25,000 students are located ere. In addition, there are numerous other institutes of further education universities and public research institutes. Four Max-Planck institutes are based in the cathedral City.

LOCATED AT THE HEART OF EUROPE

Cologne, traffic hub with outstanding infrastructure, with efficient public transport network and short distances: The motorway ring for arrival from all points of the compass, the main railway station with 1,200 train movements daily and direct connections with Brussels, Paris (less than 2 or 3 hours with the Thalys) and London (4 hours with the Eurostar), as well as the ICE train station Cologne Messe / Deutz with its direct connection to the exhibition grounds. Three international airports can be reached in less than an hour: Cologne / Bonn (in 15 minutes), Düsseldorf and Frankfurt (with direct ICE connections).

 

AS A CAPITAL OF CULTURE

Cologne Cathedral – part of UNESCO’s World Cultural Heritage and, at a height of 157 m, the second tallest church Europe - is Germany's leading tourist attraction and attracts more than six million visitors every year. The art and culture scene in Cologne is world-class, whether in the area of literature, theatre or music.

COLOGNE IS A FEELING

Cologne is one of most popular cities in Germany: The Cathedral, the Rhine, the museums, the numerous events - all of them attract more than 100 million visitors to the city annually. Most of them praise the typical “kölsche” savoir vivre" afterwards – the people of Cologne love their city and you can feel that.