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Colonia Alemania Europa

Colonia es una de las ciudades más interesantes e importantes de Alemania, una ciudad única, donde podremos disfrutar de numerosas actividades culturales, y de alojarnos en uno de sus hoteles, o en uno de sus apartamentos en alquiler. La Catedral de Colonia es el lugar más emblemático de la ciudad.

Colonia es una ciudad interesante para los amantes de la cultura, su catedral es una de las más importantes de Europa, desde donde podremos disfrutar de una vista de la ciudad.

Desde el punto de vista lúdico, es una ciudad que destaca por su carnaval, con numerosas posibilidades durante el mismo, su cerveza es otro de sus atractivos.
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Rhineland is Germany’s oldest cultural centre. Names such as Cologne, Aachen and Mainz are synonymous with soaring Gothic architecture and with the history and lives of many of the great names of Western Europe. However, Rhineland consists of more than a series of riverside cities. Here too are the vast plains of the Lower Rhine farmlands, the strange volcanic crater lakes of the Eifel Hills, the Bergische Land with its lakes and Altenberg Cathedral and the Siebengebirge. Rhineland and the Moselle Valley attract visitors not only for their beauty and romanticism, but also for the convivial atmosphere engendered by wine and song.
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Like most of its tributaries, vineyards line the Rhine wherever the slopes face the sun. Alternating with the vineyards are extensive orchards, which in spring are heavy with blossom.

The Ahr Valley in the Eifel region is particularly famous for its lush scenery and its red wine, nearby is the famous Nürburgring racing circuit. Trier, the oldest German town close to the Luxembourg border, stands on the River Moselle. The city houses the most important Roman ruins north of the Alps. Following the River Moselle eastwards towards Koblenz are several towns well known among wine connoisseurs, Bernkastel-Kues, Kröv, Beilstein and Cochem.

The Rhine Valley between Cologne and Mainz is also world famous for its wines and wine festivals during the autumn. Eltz Castle is located deep in the woods near the Elzbach River. The Rhine Gorge’s numerous castles include Stolzenfels, Marksburg Castle, Rheinfels at St Goar and the Schönburg Castle at Oberwesel.

Along the Cologne–Mainz route, the KD German Rhine Line operates boats between Good Friday and the end of October enabling the passenger to enjoy the view of both sides of the river with vineyards and picturesque villages lining the banks. Spectacular Rhein in Flammen (Rhine in Flames) fireworks and son et lumière events take place at various venues along the river throughout each summer.

Düsseldorf

One of the great cities of the industrial north, this important commercial and cultural centre is the state capital of North Rhine-Westphalia (Nordrhein-Westfalen). The city developed over 700 years from small fishing village at the mouth of the Düssel River to the country’s leading foreign trade centre. It is very prosperous, with a fine opera house as well as many concert halls, galleries and art exhibitions. There are over 20 theatres and 17 museums, including the State Art Gallery of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Kunsthalle (City Exhibition Hall) and the late Baroque Benrath Palace.

The major exhibition centre is to the north of Hofgarten, which has been staging trade fairs since the Napoleonic times. The heart of the city is the Königsallee or ‘Kö’, a wide boulevard bisected by a waterway and lined with trees, cafes, fashionable shops and modern shopping arcades. Nearby are the botanical gardens, the Hofgarten, the Baroque Jägerhof Castle and the state legislature. Other attractions include the ruined 13th-century castle, St Lambertus Church, the rebuilt 16th-century Town Hall, Benrath Palace in southern Düsseldorf and the Hetjens Museum, a shrine to ceramics and pottery.

Cologne

An old Roman city, Cologne (Köln) is an important cultural and commercial centre holding many trade fairs during the year. Germany’s biggest indoor arena opened in the city recently. Principal attractions include the Cathedral of St Peter and St Mary (13th-19th century), the golden reliquary of the Three Magi, the Romanesque churches of St Pantaleon, St George, St Apostein, St Gereon and St Kunibert, the Gothic churches of St Andreas and the Minoritenkirche and Antoniterkirche, the medieval city wall and the Roman-Germanic Museum. There are several examples of preserved Roman art, among them the Dionysus mosaic, the Praetorium, the sewage system and the catacombs. The Wallraf-Richartz Museum (paintings) is located in a controversial modern building next to the main railway station and the river. The Schnütgen Museum contains medieval ecclesiastical art. The Zoo, the Chocolate Museum and the Rhine Park with its ‘dancing fountains’ are further attractions. The city is a major starting point for boat trips on the Rhine. It also has a famous carnival. The lovingly reconstructed Altstadt (Old Town) is enjoyable on foot as is the extensive pedestrian shopping zone. Near the town of Brühl, just southwest of Cologne, is the popular theme park, Phantasialand.

Aachen

The beautiful spa town of Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle) was capital of the empire of Charlemagne. It is not actually on the Rhine, standing 50km (30 miles) west of Cologne on the borders of 3 countries, Germany, Belgium and The Netherlands, and nearby is a point where a person can stand in all 3 at once. Attractions in Aachen include the Cathedral (Kaiserdom); Charlemagne’s marble throne, the Octagonal Chapel, the Town Hall built between 1333 and 1370 on the ruins of the imperial palace, Suermond Museum (paintings, sculptures), and the elegant fountains of sulphurous water, bearing witness to the spa statues of the city. Each July, Aachen hosts an international horse riding, jumping and driving tournament.

Bonn

Bonn was administrative capital of Germany until the end of 2000, when the Government moved to Berlin. In the south of the city is the former spa of Bad Godesberg, which is also the embassy district and offers a good selection of international restaurants and shops. Attractions include the Cathedral (11th-13th centuries) and cloisters, Kreuzberg Chapel, approached by a flight of ‘holy steps’, Schwarzrheindorf Church (1151), Town Hall (1737) and market square, art collections in the Godesberg (1210), Redoute (1792), Poppelsdorf Palace (1715-40) and botanical garden, the Beethoven Birthplace Museum and much general theatrical and musical activity associated with his life, Pützchens Market (September), the University (1725) and Hofgarten. Excursion possibilities include the Siebengebirge, the Ahr Valley, Brühl Castle and the Nürburgring. The city also has many parkland areas, including as the Kottenforst, Venusberg and Rhine Promenade.

Koblenz

Koblenz lies at the confluence of the Rhine and the Moselle. From the Ehrenbreitstein Fortress (1816-32) visitors have a spectacular view over the Deutsches Eck Monument to German unity (of 1870) and the confluence of the Rhine and Moselle rivers.

Attractions also include the Old Town, the Weindorf (Wine Village); Monastery Church (12th-13th centuries), former Electors’ Palace, Collegiate Church of St Florin (12th century with a 14th-century chancel); and Church of Our Lady (12th century with a 15th-century chancel). Ehrenbreitstein also houses a Beethoven Museum.

Rüdesheim

On the Rhine south of Koblenz, Rüdesheim is famous for its Drosselgasse, a narrow lane with many little wine bars and pubs, some serving the delicious Rüdesheimer Kaffee (locally produced brandy with coffee). The Asbach Distillery is open to visitors, and there is also the unusual Museum of Mechanical Musical Instruments. A cable car from Rüdesheim takes visitors up to the beautiful Niederwald Castle, a starting point for walks in the Taunus hills and it is also a popular starting point for many of the Rhine cruises. Almost midway between Rüdesheim and Koblenz is the Rhine’s symbol, Lorelei Rock, which has provided the inspiration for many songs about its legendary siren.

Trier

On the banks of the Moselle, a Rhine tributary, Trier is near the Luxembourg frontier, about 100km (60 miles) southwest of Koblenz. It is the oldest city in Germany, a Roman imperial capital in the 3rd and 4th centuries AD, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Attractions include The Porta Nigra (city gate, 2nd century), Roman Imperial Baths, Basilica, Amphitheatre, Cathedral (4th century), Gothic Church of Our Lady, Simeonsstift with 11th-century cloisters; Church of St Matthew (Apostle’s grave), Church of St Paulinus (designed by Balthasar Neumann), Regional Museu, Episcopal Museum, Municipal Museum, Municipal Library (with notable manuscripts), and the birthplace of Karl Marx.

Saarbrücken

Saarbrücken is mainly a modern industrial city, and capital of the state of Saarland, sandwiched between the Rhineland and the French and Luxembourg frontiers. The city lies on the River Saar, a Moselle tributary. Saarbrücken is a modern industrial city. Attractions include the Church of St Ludwig and Ludwigsplatz (1762-75), the Collegiate Church of St Arnual (13th and 14th centuries, a palace with grounds and a Gothic church, and a Franco-German garden with a miniature town (Gulliver’s Miniature World). Close to Saarbrücken, at Völklingen, is the Hütte Steelworks UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mainz

State capital of Rhineland-Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz), this university town and episcopal see dating back 2000 years is situated on the rivers Rhine and Main.

Attractions include the international museum of printing Gutenberg Museum, the 1000-year-old Cathedral, Electors’ Palace, Roman Jupiter Column (AD 67),‘Sparkling Hock’ Museum, Citadel with monument to General Nero Claudius Drusus, old half-timbered houses, Mainzer Fassenacht, and the Wine Market (late August and early September). The sunny slopes of the Rhinegau Hills are centre of one of the world’s most famous wine-producing regions.
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Campionato mondiale di calcio 2006/WorldChampionship in Germany

A 32 anni dall'ultimo campionato tenutosi in Germania nel 1974, i mondiali di calcio del 2006 si svolgeranno di nuovo sul suolo tedesco.
Le città che ospiteranno le partite sono:
Berlino, dove si svolgerà anche la finale, Amburgo, Colonia, Dortmund, Francoforte sul Meno, Gelsenkirchen, Hannover, Kaiserslautern, Lipsia, Monaco, Norimberga e Stoccarda.

Informazioni sulle sedi di gioco, sul calendario del campionato e sulla nazione ospitante, nonché offerte per soggiorni in occasione del campionato sono reperibili sui siti internet:
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Città romana sorta su di un antico insediamento celtico, Colonia fu proclamata "Città Imperiale" nel 50 d.C. Città d'arte di altissimo livello (il Duomo di Colonia è il monumento più visitato in Germania) e sede di un fantasmagorico carnevale durante il quale tutto è permesso. Come dice un famoso proverbio "Chi non ha visto Colonia, non ha visto la Germania".

Informazioni utili
Aeroporto di Köln/Bonn, a circa 14 km a sud-est del centro città. Dal terminal 2 dell'aeroporto alla Stazione centrale e viceversa S-Bahn 13 delle Ferrovie tedesche. Dall'aeroporto alla stazione dalle 6.00 alle 21.00 ogni 20 min.; dalle 21.00 all'1.34 ogni 30 min. Dalla stazione all'aeroporto dalle 5.00 alle 21.00 ogni 20 min.; dalle 21.00 alle 00.41 ogni 30 min.
Costo del biglietto: 2 Euro.

Ufficio del turismo
Köln Tourismus
Cologne Tourist Board
Unter Fettenhennen, 19 (di fronte al Duomo)
50667 Köln
tel. + 49 (0) 221/22130400
fax + 49 (0) 221/22130410
sito internet: www.koelntourismus.de
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Visite guidate della città
Giri regolari della città con bus e guida parlante tedesco ed inglese (min. 5 persone); in dicembre e dall'1.1 al 31.3 tutti i giorni alle 11.00 e alle 14.00, dall'1.4 al 31.10 alle 10.00, 12.30 e 15.00, sabato anche alle 17.30.
Partenza: nei pressi dall'Ufficio del Turismo
Durata: due ore
Costo: adulti € 14,00, bambini € 4,00

Mete turistiche
- Il Duomo di Colonia: la più grande cattedrale della Germania, la cui costruzione è durata più di 600 anni.
- Le chiese romaniche: gruppo unico nel suo genere di 12 grandi chiese romaniche nel centro cittadino (V - XIII sec.).
- La Colonia romana: torri e porte, il palazzo del Pretorio (il governatore), innumerevoli reperti di grande importanza.
- Il municipio, Gürzenich, le porte della città del secondo periodo fiorente della città, il Medioevo (XIII-XV sec.).
- Il museo della cioccolata Imhoff-Stoowerck: su tre piani tutto quello che vale la pena di sapere e di gustare del cacao e della cioccolata.
- I giardini sul Reno e la città vecchia: punto d'incontro per i Coloniesi e i turisti, quartiere per passeggiate tra le tipiche birrerie.

Escursioni nei dintorni
I dintorni di Colonia offrono molte testimonianze storiche: castelli, abbazie, piccoli paesi lungo le rive del Reno ricchi di cultura, natura e specialità gastronomiche. Per averne un assaggio basta fare una mini crociera sul fiume: con i battelli della KD.
A Brühl sorgono i castelli Augustusburg e Falkenlust, che con i loro rispettivi giardini alla francesce sono patrimonio dell'UNESCO; e si trova inoltre il famoso parco di divertimenti Phantasialand.
L'abbazia benedettina di Maria Laach sul lago di Laach, uno dei numerosi laghi vulcanici della regione Eifel, è uno dei più splendidi edifici romanici in Germania.

Ristoranti tipici
- Alfredo. Tunisstrasse, 3 - centro. Un'istituzione nella città, il miglior ristorante italiano citato da numerose guide.
- Goldener Pflug, Olpenerstrasse, 421 - zona est, oltre il Reno. Ristorante di lusso con giardino, propone cucina tedesca classica di ottimo livello in un ambiente raffinato.
- Graugans, c/o Hotel Hyatt Regency, Kennedy Ufer, 2-A - sulla riva opposta del Reno rispetto al centro. Ristorante di altissimo livello, cucina di ispirazione orientale.
- Le Moissonier, Krefelderstrasse, 25 - zona nord. Ristorante in stile bistrò, cucina creativa internazionale di ispirazione francese; sempre esaurito, consigliabile prenotare.
- Em Krützche, Am Frankenturm, 1-3 Ristorante accogliente in stile vecchia Colonia. Specialità regionali, a base di pesce e selvaggina.

Birrerie
La "Kölsch", tipica birra di Colonia chiara, leggera e molto fermentata, è nota in tutto il mondo. Numerose sono le birrerie ove è possibile gustarla insieme alle specialità gastronomiche regionali: segnaliamo di seguito le più famose.
- Gaffel Haus,Alter Markt, 20-22
- Brauhaus Früh am Dom,Am Hof, 12-14
- Haus Scholzen,Venloer Str., 236
- Brauhaus Päffgen, Friesenstr., 64-68
- Brauhaus Peters, Mühlengasse, 1
- Haxenhaus,Frankenwerft, 19

Caffè e locali
- All Bar One, Friesenstr. 82 (bar nuovissimo, molto trendy)
- Cafè Elgel, Brückenstrasse, 1-3
- Cafè Fromme, Breite Str., 122
- Cafè Reichard, Unter Fettenhennen, 11
- Campi im Funkhaus, Wallrafplatz, 5
- Moderne Zeiten, Breite Strasse, 100
- 4 cani della città, Benesisstr. 67
- Maybach, Maybachstrasse, 111

Discoteche
- Die Halle (Tor2), Girlitzweg, 30.
- E-Werk, Schanzenstrasse, 31.
- Nachtflug, Hohenzollernring 89-93

Shopping
- Nelle zone pedonali del centro, la Hohe Strasse e la Schildergasse, si trovano grandi magazzini e negozi ove è possibile acquistare praticamente qualsiasi cosa; così pure nelle Mittel, Ehren e Breitestrasse e nelle vie circostanti.
- Un'altra zona interessante per i fanatici dello shopping è la parte nord del Neumarkt dove si trovano numerosi "passages" coperti, con negozi per tutti i gusti e per ogni tasca.
- Gli atelier di design e le gallerie sono localizzati nella "Kreishausgalerie" alla St. Apernstrasse; nelle vicine Carrè Mittelstrasse, Pfellstrasse, Ehrenstrasse, si trova dalla moda chic, all'abbigliamento trend e underground, bistrò, ristorantini, posti di ritrovo.

Eventi 2005
Da maggio - Musical “We will Rock you” nel Musical Dome
03-05.06.2005 - “Rock al ring” Il Nürburgring, regno della Formula 1, ospita i protagonisti internazionali della musica rock per la più grande kermesse del genere in Germania
21.05–28.08.2005 - Max Beckmann/Fernand Lèger: incontri inaspettati Esposizione sui due pittori
02.07–02.10.2005 - "Ansichten Christi" Immagini di Cristo dall’antichità al presente con opere di Michelangelo, El Greco, Dalí, Beuys, Warhol.
16-21.08.2005 - XX Giornate mondiali della Gioventù Giovani cattolici di tutto il mondo si incontrano a Colonia
22.11-23.12.2005 - Mercatino di Natale
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Cologne, or Köln as the Germans call it is a great city. Lively, with many pubs, restaurants, and nightlife, but also old, with lots of history, monuments, and sights. Carnival celebrations in Cologne are famous, and that's a great time to visit the city.

From Cologne you can take boat trips on the Rhine all the way to Strasbourg in France. The most scenic part of the route lies between St. Goar and Rudesheim (lots of castles vineyards hills etc. There’s a pleasant train ride from Frankfurt to Cologne passing Lorelei the Rhine Valley and other pretty places.

The city of Cologne offers more than history: Whether street music on the Hohe Strasse or galas in the modern opera house, whether pavement painting on the cathedral concourse or old masters in the Wallraf Richartz Museum, whether the annual music festival along the inner ring road or carnival in the entire city - in Cologne all this becomes synthesized into a vivacious work of art - in a cosmopolitan metropolis boasting almost a million inhabitants which, despite its size, has never lost its neighbourly character.

Cologne is one of Germany's leading gastronomic lights. From venerable breweries offering unique Kölsch beer and typical Cologne delicacies to first-class restaurants - boasting well in excess of 3000 public houses, restaurants and breweries Cologne is one of Germany's leading gastronomic lights. Per head of population, no other city in the Federal Republic boasts so many public houses, and also many top-class restaurants.

The world feels at home in Cologne, where people meet for a Kölsch, a chat or simply a laugh. Life in Cologne is uncomplicated and vivacious - the tolerance and cosmopolitanism of its inhabitants proverbial.

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Cologne stands on ground that is steeped in history. Numerous cultural monuments from the past 2000 years, such as the famous Roman Dionysus mosaic, the Jewish Mikwe, the medieval Overstolzenhaus and the Gürzenich hall, or modern structures such as the opera house (1957) and the Media park (from 1989 onwards) are to be found at the foot of the cathedral.

The characteristic elements in the history of the City of Cologne: commerce, transformation and transport, religion and veneration of the saints and modern art are combined within a highly confined area in the city centre, embodied by Cologne central railway station (1890 - 1894) and its restored glass and steel structure, the cathedral itself and the adjacent museums (Ludwig Museum, Römisch-Germanisches Museum).

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The gardens were landscaped in 1863 according to designs by Peter Josef Lenné and Joseph Maria Olbrich. The botanical garden was added in 1914. The site, which was destroyed during the Second World War, was restored completely and now has a stock of plants including approx. 12 000 species. Cologne Zoo is located directly adjacent to the gardens.
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Founded in 1946, former Roman and German departement of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum. European and Rhenish early history, Roman city history and arts and crafts of the European mass migration times.
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The Media Park on the site of the former Gereon goods station combines media companies and cultural and leisure facilities. The photographic collection of the SK Stiftung Kultur cultural foundation and the Cologne House of literature are to be found here, in addition to the Cinedom, one of the most successful German cinemas and the editorial department of the radio programmes Eins Live and Radio Köln. The TV music stations VIVA, VIVA ZWEI and Onyx have moved in premises immediately next door. The Cologne film theatre is located a few steps further on.
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Cologne Cathedral
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Cologne cathedral with its two spires 157 m. in height, has been the city's most famous landmark for centuries and the most well-known architectural monument in Germany.

It took 632 years until construction of the largest German cathedral was completed. After the laying of the foundations in the year 1248 and making rapid progress initially, construction work gradually came to a standstill. It was only with 19th century romantic enthusiasm for the Middle Ages and the commitment of the Prussian Court that construction work resumed in 1842. In 1880, completion of the cathedral more..
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Named after Alexander Schnütgen, who collected lots of medieval arts right after 1802, when Napoleon closed the monasteries and churches.
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St. Gereons's Church
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Museum Ludwig
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Wallraf-Richartz-Museum
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Flemish, old German and Cologne paintings from the middle ages till Renaissance. Italian and Spanish paintings from the 17th century. Sculptures, graphic collections and ministures. One of the best art collections in Germany. Beautifully and centrally located between Rhine, cathedral and main station.
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Strolling Along the Rhine
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Stretching for 35 kilometres on each side, both banks of the Rhine are the preserve of walkers, cyclists and sportsmen and women, and they afford a range of opportunities for embarking on short and long walks. A particularly popular pastime among locals and visitors alike is to stroll along the river banks as far Cologne's Old City or the Altstadt. The more adventurous can follow the path as far as the suburb of Rodenkirchen on the outskirts of the city, where they will find a warm welcome in the many local restaurants and cafés serving cakes and coffee or on the permanently more..
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Both buildings (1957-1962) on the Offenbachplatz were built by Wilhelm Riphahn and can accommodate 1.400 (opera-) or 920 (theatre-) goers. Click Kölnticket ticket sales for the current programme.
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Great St. Martin's
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City Hall, Hansasaal
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The city hall was built in 1330, with the Renaissance arcade (16th century) and tower (15th century) being added later. The building complex suffered extensive damage during the Second World War and underwent reconstruction until 1972. (Alter Markt).
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Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst
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Asian art collection founded in 1913, basing on the collection of Adolf and Frieda Fischer.
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Krieler Dömchen
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In the smallest and oldest remaining Cologne church erected around the year 900 on the Suitbert-Heimbach-Platz, three Carolingian memorial stones from the cemetery tell of a church that previously stood on the same site and was destroyed by the Normans. Roman Churches
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With the Severinstor, the Eigelsteintor and the Hahnentor, three of the total of twelve city gates from the mediaeval city fortifications (1180 - 1220) have been preserved and are still used today for various purposes. The smaller Ulrepforte and restored sections of the city walls are to be found along the Sachsenring circular boulevard.
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Agfa Photo-Historama (inside Museum Ludwig)
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Main stress on Photography of the 19th and 20 th century.
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Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum - Cultural musem
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Founded in 1901, highlights: pre Columbian civilizations: Olmeks, Maya, Mizteks and Aztecs. South East asian civilizations: Khmer and Thai. Ethnographic foto collection.
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Exhibition halls/Rheinpark/Tanzbrunnen
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The KölnMesse exhibition halls on the right-hand bank of the Rhine (with modern extensions since 1922), with its more than 80 m high exhibition centre tower, sited diagonally opposite the cathedral, are designed in the expressionist architecture of the 20's. During the 1940's, they served as a concentration camp. Lying adjacent to it is the Rheinpark, a green area designed in pure 50's style for the 1957 Federal Garden Show with a sculpture park, Tanzbrunnen fountain and the Sternwellenzelt by the Architect Frei Otto, who was also responsible for Munich Olympia Stadium. The more..
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Gürzenich Hall
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Representative and dance hall of the citizens of Cologne (15th century). Today, it is an international congress centre and the City of Cologne's "parlour".
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Zeughaus
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Formerly a municipal arsenal (1594-1606); now Cologne City Museum.
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Hansahochhaus
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At the time of its construction (1920), it was the tallest "skyscraper" in Europe; today it is a commercial and administration building. Among other occupants, it houses the department store with the widest selection of audio media in Europe.
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4711 House
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New Gothic head office of the famous 4711-brand of Eau de Cologne with a carillon that chimes every hour - opposite the opera. The number "4711" refers to the number given to the house in October of 1794 by Cologne's City Council in accordance with a rezoning order for all houses in Cologne to be consecutively numbered.
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Roman North Gate
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Foundations and the side arch of the Roman north gate are to be found on the cathedral square.
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Praetorium
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The foundations of the residence of the city's Roman governor (1st - 4th century) were uncovered under the Rathaus (city hall). A visit is like "an elevator trip back to Roman times" - according to the title of a perennial best-seller on the subject. From the entrance to the Kleine Budengasse, there is also access to a waste-water canal, exemplifying the engineering skills of Roman builders.
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St. Cecilia's Church
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St. Mary's in the Capitol (St. Maria im Kapitol)
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St. Severinus' s Church
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St. Cunibert's Church
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St. Pantaleon's
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St. Andrew's Church
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St Andrews Church is located west of the Cathedral.
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St Ursula's Church
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The church is situated north of the old Roman city gate.
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Nature Rambles
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Boasting an average 75 sq.m. of green space per resident, Cologne prides itself on being a "green city". The majority of parks and green spaces are located in the centre of the city, and include the Stadtgarten, the Volksgarten and the Innere Grüngürtel, (inner green belt) which encompasses two-thirds of the city. Cologne also has a 12-kilometer long Äußeren Grüngürtel, (outer green belt) which extends from Rodenkirchen in the south to the west of the city. Here there are large expanses of green, coppices, sports amenities, lakes and ponds where one can hire punts.
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Farina House
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Come visit the birthplace of the original Eau de Cologne, created in 1709 by Italian perfume maker Johann Maria Farina to honour his new hometown. Farina House offers daily guided tours of the museum in English. On the tour visitors can experience for themselves three centuries of perfume-making and cultural history. They’ll learn how, over the centuries, the brand name Eau de Cologne became a generic brand that’s recognized worldwide, they’ll see a large collection of antiques that date back to Roman times, and they’ll be able to interactively explore the complicated and more..
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Cologne is the oldest major city in Germany. The name Cologne comes from the Roman empress Agrippina. The wife of the Emperor Claudius was born on the banks of the Rhine and elevated her "Colonia" to the status of a city in the year 50 A.D. Today, traces of the Romans are still to be found at every turn in Cologne: the Dionysus mosaic in the Römisch-Germanisches Museum, sections of the Roman city wall and the Roman water system, which formerly brought fresh spring water to the Roman city from the Eifel region.

The Roman road network is still reflected this very day in the layout of the city streets. The Hohe Strasse, a busy shopping street between the cathedral (Dom) and Neumarkt square, can look back over a two-thousand-year history of economic and social life.

Archbishopric of Cologne

The Romans also brought Christianity to Cologne, and owing to its importance, the city very soon became a seat of a bishopric. In the year 785 Charlemagne founded the Archbishopric of Cologne and also bestowed secular powers upon the church dignitaries: the Archbishop of Cologne became one of the most powerful feudal lords in the Holy Roman Empire.

Since the 12th century, Cologne has been the fourth metropolis in addition to Jerusalem, Byzantium and Rome to bear the designation "Sancta" (holy) in the city name: "Holy Cologne, faithful daughter of the Roman church by the grace of God". In 1164, Rainald von Dassel, Imperial Chancellor and Archbishop of Cologne, brought the relics of the Three Kings to Cologne.

A mighty cathedral, the "largest structure north of the Alps" was to be erected as a burial church in their honour. The foundation stone was laid on the 15th August 1248. However, the Dom was not completed until 1880, after building work had been discontinued in the mid-16th century.

Twelve large Roman collegiate and monastery churches, in addition to the world famous Dom stand as a major architectural testimony to the "spiritual" influence of the times: Groß St. Martin, St. Maria Lyskirchen, St. Severin, St. Kunibert, St. Gereon, St. Pantaleon, St. Maria im Kapitol, St. Aposteln, St. Andreas, St. Ursula, St. Cäcilien and St. Georg. Since 1985 all the churches have been almost completely restored. To mark this achievement, the city celebrated "Roman Year".

The Middle Ages: Towards the Free City of Cologne

The citizens of Cologne soon had had enough of the secular powers of their spiritual lord. In 1288, they defeated the archiepiscopal army in the battle of Worringen and drove the archbishop as secular leader out of the city for good: he continued to reside in and around Bonn. The archiepiscopal residences of Schloß Augustusburg and Schloß Falkenlust erected in the 18th century near Brühl are now part of the world's cultural heritage.

In 1396, the Cologne guilds proclaimed their own constitution with a mayor and city council. Nevertheless, Cologne did not finally receive the status of a free city until 1475. At this point, Cologne had become one of the most densely populated and wealthiest cities in the German speaking area.

It played a major role in the Hanseatic League and was an important exhibition centre at the time. The first municipal university in Europe was founded here as early as 1388. On his visit to Cologne in 1333, the Italian poet Francesco Petraca wrote enthusiastically: "What an impressive city, with such dignified men and graceful women".

Extant remnants of this period include the Overstolzenhaus, an imposing Roman town house now the seat of the Cologne Media College, the gothic city hall and the Gürzenich hall. The period had its dark side: after a long series of pogroms, the Jews fled the city in 1423 to the right bank of the Rhine. In the 16th century, Protestants were persecuted and in the 17th century, many women in Cologne fell victim to witch-hunts.

Industrialisation

The history of "Holy Cologne" and the free city of Cologne ended in 1794 with the bloodless occupation by the soldiers of the French Revolution. The university was closed, church assets were confiscated and monasteries and religious congregations were secularised. Protestants were given the same rights as Catholics, and Jews were allowed to resettle in Cologne.

Even the archbishop was allowed to return to Cologne in 1821. In 1815, the Vienna Congress annexed Cologne and the Rhineland to the Kingdom of Prussia. During the subsequent decades, Cologne became the largest and most important Prussian city alongside Berlin. In 1822 and for the first time again since the Romans, the city received a bridge, albeit temporary, over the Rhine.

One year later, the first Rosenmontag procession organised by the Cologne Carnival Festival Committee was held, with Rhenish scorn being aimed particularly at Prussian authoritarianism. With annexation to Prussia, Cologne finally entered, albeit tardily, the industrial age. Famous names such as Felten & Guillaume, the Stollwerck chocolate factory or Klöckner Humboldt Deutz AG bear witness to the economic upsurge of subsequent decades.

The latter's founder, Nicolaus August Otto revolutionised the engine and automobile industry with the invention of the internal combustion engine in 1874. With Helios AG, Cologne was also the head office of the largest manufacturer of AC electrical machines, transformers and lighting installations in Germany. In 1824, the Cologne mathematician and physicist Georg Simon Ohm had laid new foundations for research into electricity with the "Ohm's Law" formula (voltage = intensity x resistance).

The transport network increased in density and Cologne became an major hub, with railways operating in the Rhineland since 1839. In 1859, the new main station and adjacent railway bridge - now the Hohenzollernbrücke - was opened. Cologne harbour became the final destination for shipping traffic on the Rhine. In 1861, the mediaeval city wall was demolished and the city's circular boulevards were laid out in the form of wide, imposing avenues.

Construction of the Dom was resumed with powerful support from the Prussian Court and its completion was celebrated in 1880 as a national event. The Dom also formed an excellent motif for the still budding art of photography. The first photographic panorama of a German city shows Cologne in 1856 - featuring, of course, the Dom, viewed from across the river in Deutz.

At this time, Cologne was the centre of rigorous public debate concerning the "social question", which was conducted by two illustrious protagonists: Karl Marx, who edited the newspaper "Neue Rheinische Zeitung" in the 1840's and Adolf Kolping, who founded the first fellowship to assist the exploited, hungry and often unemployed trade apprentices.

Weimar Republic

The First World War slowed, but did not interrupt, the surge of development in Cologne. By that time, following numerous incorporations, Cologne's population had swollen to over 600 000 inhabitants. In 1917, Konrad Adenauer became the Lord Mayor and served office until he was removed by the National Socialists in 1933.

During his tenure, he presided over the refoundation of the university, extension of the outer green belt with Müngersdorf stadium and construction of the KölnMesse exhibition and trade-fair centre. Many of the current parks and green areas date from this period.

An event of somewhat regional significance at that time transformed Cologne into a media capital in 1926: Westdeutsche Rundfunk AG established its head office on the banks of the Rhine and opened its first broadcasting house.

In contrast, the Pressa international press exhibition held at KölnMesse created a sensation throughout the world. Another important development: in 1930, Henry Ford laid the foundations of Cologne Ford Works. As a fitting tribute, the first German motorway between Cologne and Bonn was opened to traffic in 1932.

In the twenties, the Cologne photographer August Sander began his series of portraits "Men of the 20th Century", for which he subsequently achieved international acclaim.

National Socialism and the Second World War

On the 13th March 1933, Cologne's National Socialists stormed the city hall and deposed the mayor, Konrad Adenauer. Cologne became the headquarters of National Socialist leadership within the administrative district of Cologne-Aachen. In 1935, the Gestapo moved into its new headquarters in the city centre.

Today a museum, the EL-DE-Haus now serves as reminder of the crimes of the Gestapo. Few people resisted the Nazi regime. Even Cologne carnival revellers became involved in Nazi racial hatred: in 1935, floats with anti-Semitic and racist slogans took part in the Rosenmontag procession. In 1936, the German Army invaded the previously demilitarised Rhineland.

From 1937 onwards, racial persecution also occurred in the cathedral city or Domstadt: four synagogues were destroyed and many Jews, gypsies and dissidents fell victim to the inhuman system. The last of a total of 11,000 Jews from Cologne and the surrounding area were deported to the extermination camps in 1943.

In early 1940, sections of the German Western Army gathered in Cologne before the invasion of the Netherlands, Belgium and France. After the offensive began, Cologne was the target of an Allied bombing raid for the first time on 13th May 1940 and the raids increased in number as the war progressed.

The last, and one of the most devastating bombing raids hit the city on the 2nd March 1945. By the end of the war, more than 90% of the city centre had been destroyed and the number of inhabitants had decreased from 800,000 to around 40,000. After liberation by the US army, one of the first newspapers summarised the situation as follows: "The city is one of the biggest heaps of rubble in the world". It was not until 1959 that Cologne's population reached pre-war levels.

The Fifties and Sixties

Reconstruction began immediately after the war ended. The Rhine bridges were restored or rebuilt: the Deutzer Brücke was opened to traffic in 1948 as the first newly built post-war bridge. Vacant lots in the city centre were filled and restoration of the historic centre was embarked upon. It was not until 1972, however, that the historic city hall was restored. Extension of the highways progressed more rapidly.

In 1965, the motorway ring around Cologne was completed: this was the first time that a European city had this type of traffic system. Today, the highest volume of traffic in Germany is recorded over this stretch of motorway. The city centre was also redesigned in terms of traffic engineering: the Cologne tram and underground system entered service in 1968. As everywhere in Germany, reconstruction of the city was accompanied by major cultural interests.

In Cologne, debates about the culture and politics of the post-war era were the main focus of the "Wednesday discussions", organised by the bookseller Gerhard Ludwig in Cologne railway station between 1950 and 1956. No subject was left untouched. One year previously, Ludwig had erected the first "railway station bookshop" on the same site. In 1950, the Photokina opened its doors for the first time.

Whilst the initial focus had mainly been on products made in Germany, the trade-fair had developed by that time into the largest international exhibition for technology involving still and motion pictures. Cologne celebrated another world premiere in 1967: Reduced Art Cologne in 1984, it is the leading international art exhibition and has spawned many imitators. At the same time, it represents Cologne's rise to the status of a European art (dealing) metropolis.

Many gallery owners and artists subsequently settled in Cologne. By the end of the eighties, there was one gallery for every 5,500 citizens - a world record. The collectors Peter and Irene Ludwig found new inspiration here for their art collection. Donations of contemporary art works, including I particular pop art, flooded into the Ludwig Museum, newly opened in 1986. Peter Ludwig became a freeman of the city in 1975, with his wife becoming the first free-woman of the city 20 years later.

The creative scene at that time not only included the Fine Arts. Numerous connections with literature and music existed. In addition to Mauricio Kale and Karlheinz Stockhausen, John Cage and Nam Junk Paik worked in the legendary WDR electronic studio in Annostrasse. In 1962, the Deutschlandfunk radio service began broadcasting. Cologne therefore became the location of four transmitters, once the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS) had moved in 1954 from Hamburg to the Rhine.

The Seventies and Eighties

The number of inhabitants of Cologne approached the one million mark. In 1974, the Römisch-Germanisches Museum opened on the redesigned Dom square. Renovation of the entire historic centre was completed in 1986 with construction of the Rhine bank tunnel and opening of the new Wallraf-Richartz Museum/Ludwig Museum and the Cologne Philharmonic Hall.

The writer Heinrich Böll received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1972 and was finally appointed a freeman of the city of Cologne in 1983. A phase of growth for private television channels and the media business began with dissolution of the state-owned broadcasting monopoly. In 1988, RTL went on the air from Cologne. Other television stations followed in subsequent years with VOX, Super RTL, VIVA, VIVA ZWEI and Onyx.

By the turn of the Millennium, Cologne was home to the largest number of television broadcasting stations of any other European city. In 1980, Pope Jean-Paul II visited the city to mark the 100th anniversary of the completion of the cathedral. In the same year, the Tutankhamun exhibition in Cologne City Museum attracted a record number of over 1 million visitors.

In 1986, the Federal Monopolies and Mergers Commission ruled that only beer brewed in Cologne may bear the name Kölsch. Previously, 24 Cologne breweries had agreed on a "Kölsch Convention".

At the Dawn of the New Millennium

In 1991, the Rosenmontag procession was cancelled for the first time since the Second World War due to the Gulf War. On 20th December 1991, the Cinedom became the first building to be opened in Cologne's newly-developed Mediapark, and this Multiplex has since become one of the most successful cinemas throughout the entire Federal Republic.

9th November 1992: "Don't just sit there - say something!" - 100,000 demonstrate against racism. 30th October 1993: Opening of the Imhoff Stollwerck Museum (chocolate museum) 1994: Beginning of the Triennial Music Festival. A festival showcasing the music of the 20th century, to which the director of the Philharmonic Hall Xaver Ohnesorg invited jazz and pop groups, in addition to world famous symphony orchestras to perform.

1996: The Cologne Musical Dome near the main railway station opened with a production of the musical Gaudi. Following the bankruptcy of the Dome's management company one year later, another promoter assumed control of the venue and successfully launched the musical "Saturday Night Fever". 1998: Germany's largest all-purpose venue, the KölnArena, opened. Owing to its silhouette, it has been nicknamed the "lunch basket". 1999: Double Summit in Cologne.


____________Tourist offices:

Verkehrsamt der Stadt Köln (City of Cologne tourist information), Unter Fettenhennen 19, Tel. +49 221 221 33 45. In front of the Dom.

Lost & Found:

1The Lost and Found office (Fundbüro) is located at Herkulesstr. 42 in Ehrenfeld. It can be reached by dialing 221 63 12.

Post offices:

The main post office you will find at Breite Strasse 6-26.

Hitching:

The "Mitfahrzentrale" is located at Saarstrasse 22, Tel. 0221 - 19 444

_____________Getting Around
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Public transport:

Moving on in Cologne is never a problem, a well-developed bus, tram and subway system makes it fairly convenient to get around. The public transport network, shared with Bonn, is relatively high prized, but you can always buy daily or group tickets. Investing in a 24-hours-ticket or a three-day-pass makes getting around less expensive.

The subway includes sections which run at street-level (trams). Tickets can be purchased inside the subway stations at counters or at ticket machines, which you will find as well inside the vehicles. Before your first ride you have to cancel your ticket, because there are no conductors present.

Getting around by car:

Becauses the streets of Cologne are laid out in the form of five concentric rings, getting oriented is relatively easy. The innermost ring is called simply the "Ring", the middle one "Innere Kanalstrasse", the next "Gürtel", which is followed by the Militärring and, finally, the Autobahnring. Cheap parking is, especially in the weekend and in the centre, a huge problem. If you are not willing to spend lots of money for parking, buying a public transport dayticket is a good alternative.

On foot / By bicycle

The numerous sightseeing artractions in Cologne's city can be explored conveniently on foot. There are three pedestrian zones located in the very heart of the city: Hohe Strasse, Schildergasse and Breite Strasse.

The paths running along the banks of the Rhine are especially suitable for cycling, as is the outer green-belt containing the city forest.

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By train: The central train station is immediately below the cathedral - a very impressing view when you enter the city by train. From the "Hauptbahnhof" you can reach many sights, pubs and hotels by walking.

By air: The international airport Köln-Bonn is situated half way between the two cities. By taking the train (S-Bahn) S13 you will reach the Cologne central station in about 15 minutes. The train leaves at 20-minute intervals on weekdays and 30-minute intervals on weekends and holidays. A taxi ride from the airport to the city centre takes about 20 minutes and will cost around 20 Euro.

By car: Cologne is surrounded by concentric Rings, thus orientation is not really difficult. The outest is the "Autobahnring". From here the main arterials radiate inwards the city. If you just follow the centre signs, you will reach the Dom as well as the central station, where you can park rather easily (underground parking) but it will cost you more than in the outer areas.

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The Best Bar staff In Cologne

The Best Bar staff In Cologne

Alan Franks
Cologne's nightspots are concentrated in four distinct quarters. Most obvious of these is the area around Gross St. Martin in the Altstadt, which catches the tourists and businessmen, yet manages to create a distinctive atmosphere in places. Down the road from the university, in the southwestern zone, the Quartier Lateng is more like the real thing as far as mingling with locals is concerned, even if it has lost its trendy edge. The Südstadt, or St. Severins Quarter, now has the most stylish bars and cafes, of the pack. The more relaxed Belgisches Viertel, just to the west of the centre, is nowhere near as packed or self-consciously trendy. Very few of the night cafes and bars open before 9pm, but they compensate for this fact by staying open until the small hours of the morning.

Concerts, theatre plays, operas or ballet performances are held nearly every evening. Tickets and informations for all important events can be purchased in advance at the following outlets:

Theatre box office at Neumarkt, Tel. 21 42 32

Rudolphplatz theatre ticket box office, Tel. 23 83 57

Köln Ticket, Roncalliplatz, Tel. 28 01
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Nice little bar in the heart of Ehrenfeld, a part of Cologne where a lot of bars and restaurants are
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Papa Joe's Klimperkasten
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A deservedly popular Altstadtbar for traditional live jazz. The pub houses a valuable collection of musical instruments, one of which is played every hour.
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Petit Prince
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address: Hohenzollernring 90
Barrios
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Nice cuban restaurant and cocktail lounge.
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address: Hohenzollernring 21-23
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Peppermint Lounge
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Very popular late-night cafe and bar springing into action around midnight.
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address: Hohenstauffenring 23
Coconut Grove
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Kauri
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The Kauri is a rather conveniently sited disco, that plays a good selection of funk and blues.
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address: Auf dem Rothenberg 11
Gilberts Pinte
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The Best Bar staff In Cologne
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Most of the clientele is made up by students. The Pinte is a cosy bar with plenty of atmosphere.

Friendliest place in Cologne to enjoy Kolsch.
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address: Engelbertstr. 1
Climax
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Popular and the later the more crowded bar in the Severins quarter.
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address: Ubierring 18
Show-Boat
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address: Hohenzollernring 16-18
Ekkstein's
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address: Ubierring 24
Weinhaus Kyffhäuser Keller
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Calm and not overcrowded, one of the best places for a good glass of wine.
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address: Kyffhäuser Str. 47
Alter Wartesaal
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The Alte Wartesaal is a real original. Predominantly journalists and artists congregate here.
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Crimson
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A lovely cafe with kitsch decor, good food and cocktails, and occasional live music.
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address: Zülpicher Str. 25

____________Festivals & Events
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There is always something happening in Cologne - often on a grand scale. And because the city's many diverse "scenes" not only co-exist but also tend to join forces in a spirit of cooperation, every event is always colourful and spectacular. For example, Cologne's annual city marathon is performed to the beat of live music; the Christopher Street Day is transformed into a summer carnival, and Cologne's Carnival itself is undergoing a permanent transformation.

By virtue of Cologne's vibrant populace, the numerous tradefairs staged here assume a special kind of flair. And the tradefair centre itself is located virtually in the inner city. Hardly surprising, therefore, that each year millions of visit flood into this Domstadt to sample the delights of life in the shadow of our famous

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Cologne Carnival in February
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Beeing "jeck" and enjoying life - that's the aim of carnival. During these days cologne is one huge street party. The Carnival festival satisfies a uniquely human desire: namely that of assuming another identity at least once a year and just letting your hair down, or as the locals say "jeck sein". Cologne has been a traditional stronghold for the Carnival since the Middle Ages. The "fifth season of the year" as it is called, begins on 11th November - the eleventh of the eleventh - and slowly culminates during these "crazy days" into a huge, multifaceted public festival until it more..
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CSD - Christopher Street Day
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Cologne's gay scene is an integral and highly conspicuous section of the local population. As such Christopher Street Day is celebrated as an international festival for lesbians, gays and transvestites in the customary Cologne manner - almost like Carnival itself.

Attracting more than over a half a million visitors, the grand parade is both a demonstration and a street party at the same time, and -- receives mass local coverage from the local TV stations on a similar scale as that accorded Cologne's Rosenmontag Carnival Parade.
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Christmas Market
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As the year draws to an end, an air of tranquillity envelops the city. In the last week of November, the spirit of Christmas descends on Cologne with the opening of Cologne's four major Christmas markets: on the Cathedral square, the Old Market, the New Market and at Rudolfsplatz. Visitors from home and abroad flock to the markets of Cologne to buy the local handicrafts, toys, Christmas-tree decorations and sample sumptuous local delicacies. And pervading the city air is the seductive aroma of Glühwein, hot chestnuts and gingerbread cake.
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Local Festivals
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Given the notoriety of Cologne's inhabitants for using any pretext to hold a party, even the smallest celebrations are turned into major events. These include "The Longest Table in Cologne", which is held in the southern part of the city, where the local restaurants pubs and shops erect tables side-by-side in front of their establishments offering both locals and visitors plenty to eat and drink.

Frequented by over one million visitors is the equally popular street party "Am Eigelstein". With virtually every city borough holding its own street party, a huge fair is also more..
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Indian Classical Sarod Concert..
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Sarod Recital by: Pandit ALOK & ABHISEK LAHIRI (www.abhiseklahiri.com) Tabla accompaniment by: Prabhu Edouard. Date: 17th June 2005
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KölnArena
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Germany's largest and most modern multifunctional events hall, which can accommodate 18,000 spectators, is the home of the ice hockey club and the multiple German champions the Kölner Haie (Cologne Sharks).
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Cologne's Marathon
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Starting at the KölnArena, then crossing the Rhine and running through Cologne's city centre before finally crossing the finishing line at the Cathedral, Cologne's marathon has become a must for long-distance runners the world over. With some 15,000 participants, the Cologne Marathon is enthusiastically supported by over 600,000 visitors lining the route.
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Music Triennial
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The Musiktriennale is a unique festival of 20th century music from across the globe which took place for the third time this year. A total of 80,000 visitors attended over 160 concerts, including 21 premiers, spread across 13 different venues. The program of music ranges from classic to contemporary music. In addition to the Kölner Philharmonie and the Westdeutschen Rundfunk, the Stadtgarten and the E-Werk also participated.
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