Cologne’s Schildergasse is the most-visited shopping street in Germany.
Eau de Cologne
The historic Farina-house is situated opposite the Town Hall. In the world's oldest fragrance factory you can see where the fascinating history of Eau de Cologne and modern fragrances began. Find out more
4th - 9th February 2016 The "crazy days" of Carnival are celebrated with parties on the streets, in public squares and in pubs. Find out more
During World War II approximately 72 percent of the city area of Cologne was destroyed. The city centre, full of rubble, resembled a horrible battlefield - the picturesque part of the Old Town was destroyed nearly completely and had to be rebuild in drudgingly precious work.
The most important event in the gay and lesbian calendar in Cologne is the Christopher Street Day (CSD July 3, 2016). Every year on the first weekend of July half a million participants and visitors celebrate and demonstrate in the city centre.
Swimming, relaxing, sipping cocktails and enjoying the famous Rhine panorama - summer in Cologne is special. The Cologne people like to spend their free-time in the the green zone - just for relaxing and barbecue.
Whatever your Shopping-heart is coveting: You are sure to find it in Cologne! Take a look at the popular shopping streets Hohe Straße and Schildergasse which are home to large department stores and shops.