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City of Köln

Köln, with its one million inhabitants, is one of the most important crossroads in Western Europe. Its central location on the river Rhine still ensures that commerce and industry continue to flourish in this international trade fair centre.

All European high-speed trains stop here. Köln/Bonn airport has become a prominent hub for low-cost carriers such as Germanwings, German BA, Hapag Lloyd Express and EasyJet.

In the city centre, almost all sights can be reached on foot. Next to the cathedral, the Roman-Germanic Museum leads to the roots of Köln in Roman times. The Museum Ludwig is world famous for American pop art and for an outstanding Picasso collection. In the twelve Romanesque churches, dating from Köln's golden age, the Middle Ages are still visible in the twenty-first century.

Köln is Germany’s number one radio and television city. No fewer than ten broadcasting companies are located in Köln, included WDR – Westdeutscher Rundfunk – the largest in Europe.

The world feels at home in Köln. Here people meet to enjoy a Kölsch. Kölsch is a language, a philosophy of life and – a tasty beer. Living in Köln is uncomplicated and easy. Tolerance and openness to the world are characteristics of the people of Köln – and not only during Carnival, the boisterous ‘fifth season’.


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