Welcome to Cologne – The city of dom, rhein river, carnival and even more
Cologne is, with more than one million citizens, the fourth largest city in Germany. Cologne is located in North Rhine-Westphalia and divided by the Rhine. The left side is called “Schäl Sick” that means the wrong side of the Rhine. Cologne is famous for it’s great cathedral officially named 'Hohe Domkirche St. Petruswhich'. It is located next to the central station and has a history of over 2000 years. The cathedral is with it’s 157,38metres the third highest churchbuilding in the world. The cathedral is housing the Three Kings Shrine in which allegedly the relics of the magic were bestored. Under the cathedral and around it is the last resting-place from priests and cardinals of the ancient middle Ages. Cologne is divided into 86 “veedel” , veedel is the idiom for the German word “viertel” which means district. The dialect people from Cologne speak is called “ Koelsch” which is also the name of a beer there. During the middle ages Cologne was one of most important major trade routes between east and west Europe. Cologne was almost totally destroyed by bombs (95%) after World War II and afterwards occupied by the French and also the British.
Cologne is a cultural metropolis with many important museums, galleries and art fairs, as well as a vibrant music scene. You should visit: Museum Ludwig the old town with a lot of traditional taverns the sculpture park of Cologne.
The Carnival of Cologne is the biggest event of the year. It was invented in the medieval times and comes with great tradition and custom. It’s also called the "fifth season of the year".
In Cologne there are a lot of places to enjoy your day, most recommendable are: The belgium disctrict with it’s really nice architecture and cafe’s to sit in, Kap 686 which has a really nice view on the rhine and a couple of really nice parks like the Rhine Park next to it the Jugendpark, Herkulesberg, Stadtgarten and the Kölner Grüngürtel.
The main nightlife circulates around “ Koelner Ringe” where a lot of bars and night clubs are situated. If you have an alternative taste in music and want to taste another party experience you should go to Ehrenfeld it’s a district in the North-West of Cologne.
Cologne is very famous for it’s shopping opportunities. The most popular shopping streets are Ehrenstrasse, Hohe Strasse and Schildergasse with hundreds of shops.