The birthplace of minimal techno
Hardly one of the city’s most exciting streets, Werderstraße is in fact a tourist magnet of the first order: it’s the home of the HQ of record label Kompakt, best known for its contribution to global pop culture in the form of minimal techno made in Cologne.
This is highly valued by the connoisseurs who flock to Cologne from across Europe and beyond to worship at the altar of proprietors Michael Mayer, Wolfgang Voigt and Jürgen Paape and immerse themselves for a few hours in the electronic music world and the expertise of Kompakt’s staff. Customers are welcome to sample the wares on the turntables before they buy. And don’t forget to pick up a couple of souvenirs as well, such as the Kompakt bike bell with its guaranteed minimalist sound.