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Founded by the Romans, Cologne is the oldest of the major German cities and still characterized by its 2000 years of history. Cologne has just over one million inhabitants and is the fourth-largest city in Germany. The metropolis on the Rhine - with its incomparable identity - annually attracts many millions of visitors. Click for more information.

In a study, 83 German cities were put under the microscope. Cologne came a proud second in this city test. The cathedral city was, above all, able to distinguish itself as a metropolis with the highest growth potential. This may, in particular, be thanks to the flourishing Cologne media industry. Yet it is mainly the so-called soft location factors that go to make up the "feel good character" of the city, namely clear Veedel and yet a city atmosphere, a wide-ranging nightlife and international restaurants, an extensive range of museums, theatres and music events as well as stacks of addresses for sport and wellness. Click for more information.

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Click the map to download a full-sized copy (1.5MB) of the city of Cologne map. The SMS hotel is marked on the map with a red circle.

Map provided by courtesy of the City of Cologne




Gothic towers in night-time gala illumination - the political and religious landmarks of ancient Cologne: the historic town hall tower (1414) and the spires of the Cathedral (1880), at that time, the world's highest building for a decade, at a height of 157.38 m.
Photo credit: Günther Ventur and the city of Cologne

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The picturesque Fischmarkt is integrated into the Rheingarten, a recreational area on the river bank. The pubs and restaurants surrounding it in the shadow of the Romanesque church of Groß St. Martin (1151 - ca. 1240) are the main attraction of Cologne's Old Town, especially when the sun shines.
Photo credit: Günther Ventur and the city of Cologne

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As of 1860, thanks to the donations of prosperous citizens, the Zoological Gardens and the Botanical Gardens, the Flora, were founded. In a total of almost 70 acres, 700 animals and 12,000 species of plants can be admired. Photo: Festival hall of the Flora (1863).
Photo credit: Inge Decker and the city of Cologne

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The Hohe Straße, which to this day traces the course of the Roman high street, the cardo maximus, became one of the first genuine pedestrian zones in Germany in the 1950s, and is still the city's busiest shopping street.
Photo credit: Günther Ventur and the city of Cologne

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