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  • Typical Cologne, an evening in the traditional brewery Früh © Axel Schulten
    Typical Cologne, an evening in the traditional brewery Früh © Axel Schulten

In the city bars, old and young, local nobility and newcomers, night owls and after-work drinkers meet on equal terms. If there’s one thing they all agree about it’s the beer, which comes in glasses called Stange and is served from special glass holders called Kranz by beer waiters called Köbes. Cheery feet on the ground. The people of Cologne have a reputation for being down-to-earth, chatty and self-celebratory. At street festivals, the Carnival or in thelocal bar, the city’s residents enjoy rowdy songs praising the Cathedral, the city’s ...

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In the city bars, old and young, local nobility and newcomers, night owls and after-work drinkers meet on equal terms. If there’s one thing they all agree about it’s the beer, which comes in glasses called Stange and is served from special glass holders called Kranz by beer waiters called Köbes.

Cheery feet on the ground.
The people of Cologne have a reputation for being down-to-earth, chatty and self-celebratory. At street festivals, the Carnival or in thelocal bar, the city’s residents enjoy rowdy songs praising the Cathedral, the city’s tolerant attitudeand heart. In their everyday lives, Cologne’s residents are optimistic and warm and like to get on with things. “Et hätt noch immer jot jejange” (things have always worked out) and “Et bliev nix wie et wor” (nothing stays the same) are two of many local sayings that describe the Cologne character and attitude to life. People from 250 cultures live in Cologne. Cologne’s guiding principle, “lävve un lävve losse” (live and let live) goes back a long way, with the city’s thriving LGBT community also having deep roots here.

Locals won’t hear a bad word about their neighbourhood.
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. These are full of life. 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. 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.

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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’.

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