Facts about Cologne

Cologne is one of the oldest German big cities: 2000 years ago, the Romans founded the colony Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensum. During the Middle Ages the city became a prosperous trade centre, with the Rhine as an important means of transport between the Alps and the North sea. Today Cologne has about 1M habitants on a surface of 400 km². That makes Cologne the biggest city of Nordrhein-Westfalen and the 4th biggest city of Germany.

Colognes trademark is without any doubt its 156 m high cathedral. It’s a masterpiece of the High gothic period and is one of the biggest cathedrals in Europe. Cologne also has a lot of romance churches and is known for its picturesque historic centre which you can find to the south of the cathedral.

Cologne has also some interesting things to offer for art and culture fans: 40 Museum, 100 private galleries, 40 private and city theatres, the opera , the philharmonic orchestra and a musical theatre. Cologne is also the Media metropolitan of Germany, with 10 Radio and television stations and 400 media production houses. Every sport fan will find what he/she is looking for with Cologne’s football, ice hockey, basketball team, horse races and Colognes marathon.

Once a year, Cologne celebrates its “5th season, Cologne’s Carnival. Everybody in Cologne will be disguised, partying and singing in the streets until Ash Wednesday. In Cologne people drink the city made beer Kölsch. It is only brewed in Cologne.

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