Art & Culture

Cologne offers unique and diverse museums. The offer ranges from ancient works in the Roman-Germanic Museum to modern art.

The information centers “Dombauhütte Cologne” and “Domforum” provide you with all information in regards for guided tours within the Dom Cathedral. The Dombauhütte is located right next to the famous UNESCO World Heritage site.

The Cologne Museum variety is best discovered in an event .

Don’t forget to check out the numerous galleries in Cologne. They are widespread around the city center, so please feel free to ask for further details.

I AM original. ARE YOU? The world-famous fragrance, which pleasantly influenced body, mind and spirit for the past 222 years, and founded in Cologne.

All pieces are written and played on kölsch . The ensemble performs Stock dolls themselves - speaking, singing and playing live.

Thanks to the construction mix of glass and steel, the Musical Dome is a true eye catcher within the Cologne skyline. It is a known theater and currently home to the “The Bodyguard” musical.

The Kölner Philharmonie is in the fortunate position of being home to two renowned orchestras “Gürzenich Orchestra” and the “WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne”.

The spectacle Cologne is the traditional exhibition venue in Cologne.

Sports and Leisure

In Cologne and the surroundings you can easily discover new and exciting things like: Zoo, cruise, outdoor museum or theme park.

The Cologne Zoo is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in Germany. The Zoological Gardens is home of ca. 10,000 animals with more than 750 different species.

Come along for the most extraordinary journey that you will ever experience. Meet Dragons, visit ancient temples, listen to fantastic stories - paired with a lot of action!

The football club represents the heart and soul of Cologne, Germany’s fourth largest city. Hardly any other city cheers so intensively with their club than Cologne.

Its portfolio ranges from attractive pool and sauna offers, two modern fitness centers to a unique European ice skating arena with a spectacular elevated ice track (Winter Offer).

The Flora is Cologne’s Botanical Garden, that was inaugurated in 1864. In 2014 the eponymous palatial hard house was reopened after three years of renovation to celebrate the 150th anniversary.

With a fleet of twelve vessels, KD is the market leader in the industry of Rhine river cruises. Traditional destinations are the attractions of the Middle Rhine or special events such as Cologne Lights fireworks.

Four decades of hockey history! The Kölner Haie is one of the most glorious tradition clubs in German ice hockey league. The KEC is a legend!

Discover a source for your recreation: Located in Cologne Rheinpark one of the most beautiful thermal spas greets you with views of the Cologne Cathedral.

Fairs and events

With each year more than 80 trade fairs, exhibitions , guest and special events in Cologne and in the most important markets worldwide is Koelnmesse exhibition center no. 1 for 25 industries .

Koelnmesse organizes over 80 trade fairs, exhibitions and events in Cologne and in the most important markets worldwide.

In the mid 80s, Cologne requested a new event hall which after 10 years waiting time, finally opened up in 1998. The Lanxess Arena is nowadays known as Germany’s largest and most modern arena and home to the Kölner Haie ice hockey club and large concerts.

Don’t miss the fireworks on 15th July 2017, when Cologne gets transformed into a sea of lights and colors with lovely background music.

The carnival season, also known as the "fifth season", is officially starting November 11, at 11:11 AM every year. Performances of the most famous carnival bands take place at the “Alter Markt” and “Heumarkt” squares in front of thousands spectators.


Cologne is the fourth largest city and the largest city of North Rhine- Westphalia. Cologne has one of the most important railway junctions and inland ports in Europe.

The Cologne Tourist Board is the official tourism organization for the City of Cologne, and thus the first contact for visitors from around the world.

The Cologne transporting enterprises AG ( KVB ) operates the city bus routes and light rail Cologne.

There are several guided tours highlighting breweries or the local kitchen. Check the Cologne tourism page for bookings and further details.

The official city portal provides data and information on dates, events and local history.