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The City of Cologne

The City of Cologne

An ancient and progressive city, where the cathedral spires tower over Germany's oldest city and its innumerable cultural and historical treasures, world-famous museums and active art scene.

In the year 50 A.D. the wife of the Emperor Claudius was born on the banks of the Rhine and elevated her "Colonia" to the status of a city. Today, traces of the Romans are still to be found at every turn in Cologne.

Rich with history and culture, Cologne is well known for its social tolerance and commitment to technological advancement. Cologne is a leading center for the training of young scientists, and the city's higher education sector provides specialist courses ranging across the whole academic spectrum. With over 63,000 students, the University of Cologne is Germany's largest university.

Please contact KölnTourismus for comprehensive information on the various attractions the City of Cologne has to offer:

The City of Cologne


Legend for the interactive COLOGNE NETWORKING MAP for scientific exchange

1.  Cologne Cathedral

The building plan for the Gothic Cathedral was drawn up by master mason Gerhard of Reil, who modelled the new church on the cathedrals of Paris, Strasbourg and Amiens. The cornerstone of the Gothic Cathedral was laid by Archbishop Konrad von Hochstaden on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary on August 15, 1248. However, construction ceased in the 16th century, due to a lack of funds and a general disinterest in Gothic architecture. Building work was suspended for almost 300 years.

2.1  Cologne Tourism Information

2.2  Cologne Convention Bureau

The City of Cologne has an official convention office: the Cologne Convention Bureau (CCB)! Since 2008, the CCB has been part of KölnTourismus GmbH, a subsidiary of the City of Cologne. Customers benefit from independent advice as well as the Bureau’s long experience, extensive network and free service. Whether you are interested in putting on a conference, congress, meeting or incentive event, CCB is looking forward to helping you throughout Cologne, both individually and according to your specific needs.

3.   Hohenzollern Bridge

The Hohenzollern Bridge in Cologne was built from 1907 to 1911. It consisted of three adjacent truss arch bridges, each with three arches.

4.   LANXESS arena

Lanxess Arena (originally Kölnarena, German for Cologne Arena) is an indoor arena, in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is known as the 18,500-capacity home of the Kölner Haie. The arena opened in 1998 and can accommodate 20,000 people for concerts. With its capacity of 18,500, it is the largest ice hockey arena outside North America.

5.   koelnmesse

Koelnmesse organizes and conducts more than 80 trade fairs, exhibitions and events in Cologne and in the world's most important markets.

6.   Cologne Zoo

Cologne Zoo is one of the oldest and most popular zoos in Germany. More than 10,000 animals are at home here. This makes it one of the most diverse in all of Europe. Its motto is: "Enthusiastic about animals". Among the main attractions is the elephant park, which opened in 2004. It is the largest north of the Alps. Equally spectacular is the Hippodom, completed in 2010 to mark the zoo's 150th anniversary.

7.   Colonius

Colonius in Cologne is the highest television tower in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Completed in 1981 on Cologne's Inner Kanalstrasse, it is the seventh-highest television tower in the entire country. The TV tower has become an indispensable part of the Cologne skyline. Unfortunately, the Colonius is not open to the public.

8.   Chocolate Museum

Hans Imhoff, a passionate maker of chocolates, had a long held dream: a chocolate museum with a fountain of unending streams of chocolate. On 31 October 1993, after a 13-month construction period, the Chocolate Museum was opened. It became a triumph of German museum history that nobody thought possible. With around 600,000 visitors a year, it is the most frequented cultural institution in Cologne.

9.   Crane Buildings and the Rheinauhafen

The Rheinauhafen district is a young, attractive district with a variety of attractions. The newly designed, restructured Rheinauhafen waterfront complex is a young and attractive district of Cologne. The 210,000 m² development, which is located right on the Rhine, not far from to the city center, has quickly become established as one of Cologne’s popular attractions. The waterfront district features a mix of modern residential and office buildings interspersed with many cafés, restaurants, and galleries. And visitors with a passion for architecture and culture will also find points of interest in the Rheinauhafen.

10.   University of Cologne

The University of Cologne is one of the oldest and largest universities in Europe. Due to its outstanding scientific achievements and the high quality and diversity of its degree programmes, it enjoys an excellent international reputation.

The UoC’s mission is to create, preserve and impart knowledge, to offer its students and early-career academics outstanding academic education, to qualify them for both academic and professional  careers, to promote cutting-edge research and to drive innovation while focusing on the constantly changing needs and challenges of today’s society.

10.1   Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, founded in 1955, consists of the Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Geosciences, Mathematics/Computer Science, Physics, and the Didactics of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. With 186 professorships and more than 12000 students the Faculty is one of the largest in Germany.

10.2   Faculty of Medicine

More than 3,600 students at the Faculty of Medicine are trained in a practice-oriented manner in the environment of the University Hospital of Cologne, closely interlinking teaching, health care and research. Scientists explore problems of great societal relevance in three research focus areas: "Tumor biology, infection and immunity", "Homeostatic principles in metabolism and tissue regeneration" and "Neuromodulation".

11.   University Hospital Cologne

The University Hospital Cologne is recognized as an important research center, developer of new treatment methods, and active driver of medical innovation. It delivers a world-class medical education to its students from across the globe and provides outstanding medical care and treatment to patients. 

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