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Attractions & Culture in Cologne

Cologne Cathedral ©Andreas Moeltgen

The Gothic Cathedral not only is the city’s distinctive feature but also Germany’s most visited attraction.

Cologne Cathedral
Museum Ludwig ©Thomas Riehle

Cologne’s highly diversified museum scene offers something for every taste.

Museums
Cologne’s Old Town ©KölnTourismus GmbH, Dieter Jacobi

Cologne’s Old Town has a distinctive historical charm.

Old Town
Cologne cable car ©KölnTourismus GmbH

Experience a stunning bird’s eye view of the cathedral city, crossing the Rhine in a cable car.

Cologne cable car
Panoramic view Rheinauhafen at night
©KölnTourismus GmbH, Andreas Möltgen

The newly designed Rheinauhafen waterfront complex is an attractive district of Cologne.

Rheinauhafen district
Oper Köln am Dom ©Matthias Baus

The Cologne Opera offers productions that are outstanding for their music and staging.

Cologne Opera
Cologne Philharmonic Hall © KoelnMusik-Matthias Baus

Cologne Philharmonic Hall is located close to Cologne Cathedral. Concerts are staged almost every day.

Cologne Philharmonic Hall
St. Pantaleon ©R. Barten

Cologne boasts twelve Romanesque churches that are adorned with countless sculptures, and paintings. 

Romanesque Churches
Cologne Central Mosque ©DITIB BUNDESVERBAND

The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs is building a huge new mosque.

Central Mosque
Synagogue on Roonstraße ©Herbert Sachs

The synagogue is the largest religious and cultural centre for the Jewish communities in Cologne.

Synagogue

With a history going back almost 900 years, Cologne’s Town Hall is Germany’s oldest one.

Historic Town Hall
Kölner Grüngürtel © KölnTourismus GmbH

You can find green lungs everywhere in the city. They are ideal open spaces for recreation and walks.

Parks & Gardens
Kaiser Friedrich III equestrian statue ©Sandra Schlieper

Without its countless characteristic memorials and wells, Cologne wouldn’t be Cologne.

Memorials & Wells
Theatre ©Kabarett Klüngelpütz

Excellent international ensembles fascinate theatre aficionados with top-perfomance delights.

Theatres & Stages
Castle Gracht ©WFG Erftstadt

Cologne's beautiful environs are ideal for day excursions by car or bike.

Greater Cologne
Praetorium ©Heiermann

Cologne - from a Roman colony to a cosmopolitan city.

City History
Tanzbrunnen ©KölnKongress GmbH

Cologne is vibrant with outstanding events all year round. A multi-faceted programme awaits you.

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Culture is an essential feature of the buzzing metropolis of Cologne. The Cologne Cathedral, World Heritage Site, world-class museums, numerous theatres, the Philharmonic and Opera House attract visitors from all over the world.

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