COLOGNE – Rhine metropolis of cultural importance
„Hey Kölle – do ming Stadt am Rhing,
he wo ich jroß jewode ben.
Do bes en Stadt met Hätz un Siel.
Hey Kölle, do bes e Jeföhl!” The Höhner sing their ode to the German capital of carnival in Cologne dialect. However, the carnival culture is just one of the many cultural treasures the city has to offer.
As early as the Middle Ages, the present metropolis became an important ecclesiastical and significant artistic center. Despite the massive destruction during the Second World War, the city on the banks of the Rhine still continues to attract creative minds and artists of all styles and offers a particularly diverse array of events, trade fairs, cultural institutions and concerts worth seeing. Cologne is among other things the venue for Art Cologne, the world’s oldest art fair.
Today, the city is home to many important museums such as the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum of classical art. Also, located not far from the popular old town, one of the most significant landmarks of the Rhine metropolis, the UNESCO World Heritage site Cologne Cathedral, can be found. The Gothic cathedral houses the Shrine of the Three Kings (Tomb of the Magi), in which their relics lie, as well as a window by the painter, sculptor and photographer Gerhard Richter.
A special treat for all football fans will definitely be a visit to the Cologne Zoo to see Hennes, the mascot of 1. FC Köln (Cologne FC). After the visit, the nearby Flora and the banks of the Rhine are a perfect area to stroll and relax. The innumerable inns are a great place to discover the delights of the Himmel und Ääd (blood sausage with onions, mashed potatoes and applesauce), the favorite delicacy of all Cologne originals, served with a delicious traditional Kölsch. In addition to the countless Büdchen (Kiosks) in Veedel, Cologne’s counterpart to Berlin’s Späti, the old town also has a large number of pubs and beer cellars.