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  • The Kölsche Funke rut-weiß vun 1823 e.V. is one of Cologne's oldest carnival societies. © Axel Schulten
    The Kölsche Funke rut-weiß vun 1823 e.V. is one of Cologne's oldest carnival societies. © Axel Schulten

Germany’s most popular tourist attraction is as loved by tourists as much as it is by locals. There is, after all, only one Cologne Cathedral. But there are 86 neighbourhoods or “Veedel” as they are called in Cologne. They are full of life! This is where you can meet Cologne’s people and experience their cultural diversity and get to know the “kölsch” way of life. People from Cologne are from 180 nations, with diverse beliefs and faiths, strengths and weaknesses. Following the local guiding principle, “lävve un lävve losse” (live and let ...

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Germany’s most popular tourist attraction is as loved by tourists as much as it is by locals. There is, after all, only one Cologne Cathedral. But there are 86 neighbourhoods or “Veedel” as they are called in Cologne. They are full of life! This is where you can meet Cologne’s people and experience their cultural diversity and get to know the “kölsch” way of life.

People from Cologne are from 180 nations, with diverse beliefs and faiths, strengths and weaknesses. Following the local guiding principle, “lävve un lävve losse” (live and let live), the city is a vibrant metropolis of diversity and celebrates its open-minded culture. This is why Cologne is proud about its deeply rooted and thriving LGBT community, its civil alliances for a colourful, integrative and open city society. The numerous neighbourhood-associations and initiatives show the strong societal commitment that people in Cologne are proud of.

Cologne loves diversity: You can find everything you would want to know about diversity in the city, the Diversity Charta (Charta der Vielfalt), the many projects, initiatives and contact persons, on the pages of the City of Cologne.

making friends.

Locals won‘t hear a bad word about their neighbourhood. Or, for that matter, the Cathedral, the Rhine, Roman remains and the Rose Monday Parade. Newcomers and tourists soon notice that the people of Cologne not only love their cheeky chat and easy-going lifestyles but also their city and its river – something that will never change.

Small shops that punch above their weight alongside department and concept stores in the city centre; popular cafes and secret places; corner kiosks that let you put your shopping on the slate and stock all the things you forgot to get in the supermarket. People prefer to live and party in the middle of Cologne, where there are also oases of green and beautiful parks. MediaPark is not far from Cologne’s green belt and provides an ideal spot to enjoy its scenery.

cheery feet on the ground.

Cologne’s pubs, clubs and breweries are legendary, not only because you can drink freshly tapped Kölsch beer from a famous “Stangen” beer glass, but also because it is easy to get talking to strangers. Cologne is home to some 3,000 restaurants – including everything from takeaways and award-winning eateries to countless stories and new friends from all over the world.

Get to know the culinary diversity of the city on visit.koeln: Culinary Cologne – the city focuses its blogging-activities on delicacies from hip food markets to traditional dishes as its main theme in 2018/19.

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Meeting Point Cologne

Cologne and its surrounding areas boast a long trading and industrial tradition. All in all, it’s home to a future-proof mix of industries. Find out more in our section ‚Meeting Point Cologne’.

We would be pleased to send you the "Meeting Point Cologne" as a print brochure. Also don't miss to read through our interviews with inspiring characters from the science and business sectors in Cologne.