People in Cologne

  • Carnival - Cologne's fifth season. © Axel Schulten
    Carnival - Cologne's fifth season. © Axel Schulten

Nothing stays the way it was! Or, as the people of Cologne often say in their local dialect, et bliev nix wie et wor! An iconic landmark, Cologne Cathedral is a notable exception to this rule. Every day, 20,000 people from all around the world cross paths here. The fact that everyone has their own story, chimes with one of Cologne’s most often quoted and much-loved sayings: jede Jeck ist anders (every fool is different). Having a good time There are more than 3,000 restaurants, clubs and breweries in Cologne. 0.2 litre glasses of Kölsch beer ...

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Nothing stays the way it was! Or, as the people of Cologne often say in their local dialect, et bliev nix wie et wor! An iconic landmark, Cologne Cathedral is a notable exception to this rule. Every day, 20,000 people from all around the world cross paths here. The fact that everyone has their own story, chimes with one of Cologne’s most often quoted and much-loved sayings: jede Jeck ist anders (every fool is different).

Having a good time

There are more than 3,000 restaurants, clubs and breweries in Cologne. 0.2 litre glasses of Kölsch beer are sold everywhere – in star restaurants, clubs and neighbourhood bars. Cologne’s breweries have a legendary reputation. The cordial but curt beer waiters who work in them are known locally as Köbesse and can be relied on to keep the flow of liquid refreshment coming. Locals say on good days you love them but on not so good days you need them. Get to know the culinary diversity of the city on visit.koeln. Get inspired by Culinary Cologne – the city focuses its blogging-activities on delicacies from hip food markets to traditional dishes.

Crazy and colourful!

What's the best thing about carnival? The month-long session, which starts on the 11th day of the 11th month in the middle of the old market square, no matter if it snows, storms or pours? Or the events, which range from traditional Prunksitzung evenings to alternative Stunksitzung celebrations? Maybe it’s the pub carnival, which starts at 11.11 am on Fat Thursday, or Weiberfastnacht as it’s known in Cologne, with an endless queue in front of your favourite pub and ideally concludes there with a fish meal on Ash Wednesday? Or the street carnival? With sweets, kisses, or Bützjer as they’re called here, and of course the roten Funken carnival society! There’s no doubt about it! The best of them is lots of something from everything!

People are unique.

People from Cologne are from 180 nations, with diverse beliefs and faiths, strengths and weaknesses. Following the local guiding principle, “levve und levve 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.

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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’.

The "Meeting Point Cologne" is comfortably readable as an e-paper. We would also be pleased to send you the magazine as a print brochure.

Also don't miss to read through our interviews with inspiring characters from the science and business sectors in Cologne.