Cologne – where networking is a lifestyle

Cologne is not only a business metropolis. The city offers a high quality of life and a unique lifestyle. The world-famous "Rhenish" temperament is decidely liberal, proving that high productivity and a laidback attitude to life are not incompatible!

An international city

  • Cologne is a cosmopolitan melting pot on the Rhine
  • People from 180 different nations call Cologne home
  • 19 percent foreigners
  • 40 percent inhabitants with international background
  • 22 twin cities around the globe

A youthful city

  • Every third person in Cologne is under 30
  • The average age in Cologne is just 42 years (whole Germany: 44.5 years)
  • Seven percent population growth by 2040
  • Rich youth and student culture thanks to the over 100,000 students from 21 universities
  • Vibrant cultural and leisure offerings catering to students and young professionals

A relaxed city

  • “Rhenish” mentality: decidedly liberal and easy-going
  • Cologne inhabitants are proud of their laidback attitude and openness to strangers
  • Welcoming way of life: extremely easy to set foot and become part of the community
  • Rich afterwork-culture
  • Extensive natural and green spaces surrounding the city

An open-minded city

  • European Capitals of Diversity and Inclusion Award Gold medal winner 
  • Inclusive, international outlook and diversity
  • Tolerance, openness, and respectfulness are key values of the local mentality
  • Germany's self-proclaimed LGBTQIA+ capital, with countless bars and clubs clustered in the city centre
  • One of the world’s largest LGBTQIA+ pride parades

A cultural city

  • Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO-world heritage site: most visited tourist attraction in Germany
  • Renowned Cologne opera and philharmonic hall 
  • Several outstanding museums, galleries, and art studios
  • An international film festival
  • World's oldest fair for modern and contemporary art 
  • One of Europe's largest literature festivals

A green city

  • Several parks, forests, lakes, and reservoirs as well as Cologne Zoo and the botanic garden offer space for leisure and relaxation
  • A multitude of lakes, forests, local recreation areas and nature reserves in the immediate vicinity
  • "Green Belt" surrounds most of the inner city
  • Many recreational areas by the waters of the river Rhine, which runs right through the city

A lively city

  • Germany's most popular Christmas market
  • Germany's biggest fireworks show
  • One of Europe's largest reggae music festivals
  • One of the world's largest and most famous carnivals
  • Many international stars perform at the LANXESS arena
  • One of the most visited shopping streets in Europe
  • Two professional sports clubs play in the highest national leagues – 1. FC Köln (football) and Kölner Haie (ice hockey)

A connected city

  • Central location and excellent infrastructure make Cologne the ideal starting point for exploring Germany and Europe
  • Famous tourist destinations: Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Bonn, and Aachen reachable in less than one hour driving time
  • High Speed train connections to Paris, Brussels, and Amsterdam