COLOGNE – THIS IS WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE CATHEDRAL CITY
With its 405 square kilometers, Cologne is not exactly a city which you would call “large“, but it is still the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and even larger than the state capital of Düsseldorf. No matter whether a tourist, an art or church enthusiast, a trade fair visitor, or a congress participant – everyone finds a reason for coming to the city on the Rhine.
In recent years, Cologne has also developed very dynamically compared to similar cities in Germany and Europe. For example, the number of arrivals and overnight stays as well as of day visitors is constantly increasing. But the range of cultural attractions that the city has to offer, and the multifaceted congress and conference possibilities also expand every year.
DATA & FACTS REFERRING TO COLOGNE
The city is the oldest large city in Germany and can look back on almost 2000 years of history. Cologne registers 3.3 million guests and 5.74 million overnight stays, as well as 119 million daytime guests every year, whereby the ”Kölsche feeling“ is considered a tourist magnet.
The most famous landmark of Cologne is the cathedral and every visitor will find it directly when leaving the main station. The Cologne Cathedral is the central point of the city and is also the second highest church in Germany after the Ulm Münster and even the third highest church building in the world. However, what many people do not know is that Cologne is the city of churches. Overall, the Rhine metropolis has 12 big Romanesque collegiate and monastery churches.