Less than 20 minutes after getting on a train in Düsseldorf you can enjoy the view of Cologne’s much-photographed Rhine panorama. Behind this attractive facade creative people, media professionals and founders are shaping the flair of this megapolis, where start-up conferences sometimes take place in the Robot Sculpture Park. Locals and guests love the events that have taken place here and will take place again: Conventions on games, food, design and lifestyle – in the end, all get together.
At the latest, if you haven’t already made contacts during the day, you’ll be joining tables in breweries or pubs with people telling stories in the most entertaining way. Even before ordering, you will have found someone who knows everything about the city and its culture, which of course also – but not only – consists of carnival. There is plenty of time to chat as nightlife starts late. With the moon, outside of pandemic times, the doors of the clubs open. For example, at the remote shipyard on Cologne’s “wrong” meaning right side of the Rhine, the Bootshaus has attracted numerous clubbers from all over Europe and DJs from all over the world. People also love to get together in other Veedel (neighbourhoods in Kölsch) to dance under the Bahnbögen in Ehrenfeld, dine in the Südstadt or stroll the Belgisches Viertel.
No matter where you end up: Every Veedel has people who help shape it and make it a great potpourri of art, culture, music and positive attitudes toward life. A walk through the streets of the city is worth it now and always, as a second glance often reveals hidden gems, such as the urban art works that brighten up numerous building facades in Ehrenfeld and Mülheim. During the day, Cologne reveals its immense architecture, which has been, among others, shaped by the Böhm family, who designed the Central Mosque in Ehrenfeld. The Gerlingsquartier also leaves amateurs and connoisseurs impressed.
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urbanana is a project of Tourismus NRW e.V. in cooperation with Düsseldorf Tourismus, KölnTourismus and Ruhr Tourismus. It is funded by the Ministry of Economy, Innovation, Digitalization and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia and emphasises more on urban culture than sightseeing, backyards than high gloss and creative makers and shakers.