at the heart of things – location & accessibility.

  • Cologne Bonn Airport - the fifth-largest passenger and airfreight hub in Germany © Köln Bonn Airport
    Cologne Bonn Airport - the fifth-largest passenger and airfreight hub in Germany © Köln Bonn Airport

A traditional trading centre, an innovative media city, a leading logistics location, a cradle of the automotive industry, an insurance metropolis: Cologne is one of Europe’s most important business centres. The perfect location and accessibility support the city’s development significantly – and this is a real advantage for the trade fair and events sector. 17 million people live within 100 km of Cologne. The city is situated in Germany‘s most populous state, North Rhine Westphalia (NRW). NRW is also close to the Benelux countries Belgium, ...

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A traditional trading centre, an innovative media city, a leading logistics location, a cradle of the automotive industry, an insurance metropolis: Cologne is one of Europe’s most important business centres. The perfect location and accessibility support the city’s development significantly – and this is a real advantage for the trade fair and events sector.

17 million people live within 100 km of Cologne. The city is situated in Germany‘s most populous state, North Rhine Westphalia (NRW). NRW is also close to the Benelux countries Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxemburg. NRW tops the Germany charts for innovation. The federal state is an economic powerhouse that attracts 28.5 percent of foreign direct investment into Germany – that is more than any other region in Germany.

Cologne’s central location definitely reprents a big plus when it comes to choosing it as an event location. Three airports – Cologne/Bonn, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt – are less than an hour away.

cologne is quickly reached by train:

  • Cologne/Bonn Airport – city-centre: 14 min.
  • Dusseldorf & Frankfurt Airport – Cologne: < 1h
  • Brussels – Cologne: 1h51
  • Amsterdam – Cologne: 2h35
  • Paris – Cologne: 3h20
  • London – Cologne: 4h11

getting around cologne is easy.

Cologne’s public transport system, known as the KVB, enables you to travel comfortably and quickly throughout the city. Staff from some 30 nations navigate you across bridges, under the ground and around the corner, from the Cathedral to the stadium, from the trade fair to the restaurant, from the museum to the botanical garden. What is more, the KVB is a member of the International Charter for Sustainable Development (UITP) and pursues an environmentally-friendly approach to transportation.

Active: Cruise to your appointment with one of Cologne‘s 2,000 city bikes. Or take advantage of Car Sharing, not just in Cologne but throughout the Rhine region.

The local public transport congress ticket lets you travel throughout the city and its surroundings for a reduced price.The Deutsche Bahn‘s event ticket enables conference participants to travel to and from Cologne for a discounted price.

More information on travelling to and in Cologne can be found here.

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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.