Feel the rhythm. Incentives & culture.

  • The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum with its outstanding collection of works from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. © Axel Schulten
    The Wallraf-Richartz-Museum with its outstanding collection of works from the Middle Ages to the early 20th century. © Axel Schulten

Summarised in the slogan "Yes, we CanCan", the Cologne Offenbach Society is dedicating a whole year packed with music, theatre, dance and literature events and activities to the composer Jacques Offenbach. We talk to Claudia Hessel, coordinator of the Offenbach Year 2019, about how Cologne is celebrating the master of operetta. She also tells us why Jacques Offenbach, who spent his youth in Cologne and his life in Paris, had Cologne in his genes. Design meets roman city. The Museum of Applied Arts Cologne (MAKK) is a custodian of the entire ...

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Summarised in the slogan "Yes, we CanCan", the Cologne Offenbach Society is dedicating a whole year packed with music, theatre, dance and literature events and activities to the composer Jacques Offenbach. We talk to Claudia Hessel, coordinator of the Offenbach Year 2019, about how Cologne is celebrating the master of operetta. She also tells us why Jacques Offenbach, who spent his youth in Cologne and his life in Paris, had Cologne in his genes.

Design meets roman city.

The Museum of Applied Arts Cologne (MAKK) is a custodian of the entire spectrum of European arts and crafts from the Middle Ages to the 20th century. Its "Art + Design in Dialogue" design department enjoys a unique position within Europe. Boasting more than 40 museums, 130 galleries, 12 large Romanesque churches and, of course, Cologne Cathedral Cologne is an El Dorado for art lovers. With over 70 theatres, the lit.COLOGNE, the Philharmonie, the Opera and the Schauspielhaus, Cologne also offers a world-class programme of cultural activities. Festival fans love the c/o pop festival in the city centre or the lakeside Summerjam festival. Cologne is also a design metropolis: e.g. in The Passagen, the le bloc fashion festival and the Young Designer Neighbourhood.

Be part of the game.

Plan a truly perfect programme of social activities for your team or your event: from a perfume or office-golf workshop to adventurous city tours by rickshaw, double-decker bus or on foot, through to special events for connoisseurs, media and sporting people and all topped off with social activity programmes that are as colourful, young and as timeless as you and the city! We can provide you with offers for city tours, team events, media specials and much more! Inform now: social programmes for events in Cologne.

Lighthouse of peace.

Cologne Cathedral, the third-highest church in the world and Germany’s most visited sight, attracts around 20,000 visitors a day. More than 100 staff are employed fulltime in the world heritage site’s upkeep and preservation. In a sea of lights, surrounded by treasures, the relics of the three holy kings and under the attentive gaze of the red-clad Swiss Guards, visitors and locals find a place of meditation, peace and wonder.

A melody of light and sound.

Welcome to Germany’s greatest fireworks spectacle, the Kölner Lichter! On a Saturday evening in July, fifty brightly lit ships sail down the Rhine, while 4.7 tons of fireworks bathe the Cathedral and riverscape in an extravaganza of light and colour. Every year, more than 800,000 visitors come to watch Europe's largest musically-synchronized firework display. And, because 2019 is Offenbach Year, this year many of the composer's melodies will also be heard. Claudia Hessel, coordinator of the Offenbach year, is convinced the wild Cancan of the Cologne-born founder of the modern operetta makes a perfect match for spectacular summer fireworks.

Xmas markets

Cologne has no shortage of Christmas markets. Nostalgic, hip, big, small, alternative and traditional. In the shadow of the Cathedral, on the banks of the Rhine, in the Stadtgarten park, in the midst of the old town, on the historic market square, at Neumarkt or any one of Cologne's smaller squares, there’s a market almost everywhere you look. Baked almonds and mulled wine are everywhere. There’s ice-skating at Heumarkt, jazz in the Stadtgarten park and maritime goings-on at the Rheinauhafen harbour.

Culinary Cologne & Fine Food Days.

Under the banner “Culinary Cologne”, KölnTourismus is focussing on the culinary side of Cologne and the region in 2019/20. During the summer of 2019, Cologne will become a Mecca for star gastronomy for ten days. At the “Fine Food Days Cologne” event, top chefs and wineries from the Rhineland will present themselves in a completely new setting. We interviewed the Cologne top chef Daniel Gottschlich, owner and chef of the restaurant Ox & Klee. On visit.koeln you can discover the culinary diversity of the city.

Clubbing.

The Cologne club scene hosts over 8,000 live music events every year – from the smallest DJ sets in bars, clubs and off-spaces to tour dates with top-class indie bands in larger venues. Starting in the 1990s, a vibrant club scene has developed in the Ehrenfeld and the Belgian Quarter neighbourhoods. In Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, urban flair meets modern club culture. Lots of venues are within walking distance. This mix of small and large venues gives Cologne a special vibe.

You can find more about sights, culture and events at Cologne Tourism.

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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.