setting sail. conventions in cologne.

  • With an exclusive pre-opening of the MOTORWORLD Cologne, the CCB celebrated the start of its anniversary year on May, 8th 2018. © Axel Schulten
    With an exclusive pre-opening of the MOTORWORLD Cologne, the CCB celebrated the start of its anniversary year on May, 8th 2018. © Axel Schulten

Cologne has a long tradition as a knowledge-hungry city as well as a conference and trade fair centre. Today, some 17 million people live and work in Cologne or within an 100 km radius of the city. The city convinces planners and visitors: three airports (Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt a. M.), the city’s proximity to the Benelux countries, Germany’s third-biggest trade fair complex and a total of 174 event locations, from castles in the cities outskirts to premium hotels in the centre. In Cologne nothing is very far away. In the city ...

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Cologne has a long tradition as a knowledge-hungry city as well as a conference and trade fair centre. Today, some 17 million people live and work in Cologne or within an 100 km radius of the city. The city convinces planners and visitors: three airports (Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt a. M.), the city’s proximity to the Benelux countries, Germany’s third-biggest trade fair complex and a total of 174 event locations, from castles in the cities outskirts to premium hotels in the centre.

In Cologne nothing is very far away. In the city centre are lots of things – the Congress Centre, the Exhibition Centre, the Old City with its cafes, sights  shops and numerous hotels – are easily reached on foot. Enjoy your stroll!

Great locations and first class service providers form the strong foundation of the city as a venue for events. Approximately 49,521 events attended by a total of 4 million participants were held in Cologne in 2017. Key business sectors for event organisers are: banking / insurance, medicine / pharmaceuticals, communications and IT. Source: TagungsBarometer Köln 2017.

For the first time, city-specific data was collected to gain insights on “Meetings and congresses as an economic factor for Cologne”. Here you can find the most important facts and figures from the study.


nice to know. facts for your perfect planning.

  • 174 venues with space for your ideas
  • Direct access to high-speed trains from the Congress Centre at the Cologne trade fair ground
  • With 20,000 seats, the LANXESS arena is Europe‘s largest multifunctional hall
  • The RheinEnergieSTADION offers seating for 50,000 people
  • Ranging from the traditional to the modern and taking in inspiring industrial venues with capacities of up to 4,000, Cologne boasts a broad spectrum of special event locations
  • Germany’s oldest conference venue is located in the Old Town
  • Large fleet of event ships on the Rhine
  • Green conference oases in the surrounding area

hotels

  • 300 hotels with 32,000 beds
  • 150 of which are within 3 km of Cologne Cathedral
  • 56 conference hotels

On our online platform you can get all the information you need on and service providers.

You would like to know more about the local drivers of the trade fair and event venue Cologne? Our interviews point out the importance of players from the economy and science: they share and circulate knowledge through events, adding momentum to the event sector.

Til Ohrmann, initiator of the startup event Pirate Summite, explains, why he chose Cologne for one of the craziest events for founders & investors worldwide.

Our meeting calender provides an up-to-date overview on all important conventions, incentives and trade fairs coming up  Cologne.

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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.