KÖLN, COLOGNE, CGN, KÖLLE
Some facts about the people
- 1.08 million inhabitants
- Ca. 50-50 female / male
- Ca. 38% from other countries
- 182 different nationalities
In the heart of Europe
- Airports: Cologne, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt all within 1 hr by train
- Amsterdam, Brussels, Paris all within 2 - 3.5 hrs by train
Nature and Culture
Cosmopolitan or country living? Choose both! Our 2000-year-old city has a rich heritage dating to Roman times, a wealth of museums and historic buildings, and a remarkably green setting. It’s the perfect mix of urban and natural pleasures: dining and shopping, hiking and biking, or just relaxing in our parks, forest lands, and waterfronts, including many lakes and the Rhine.
Aitor Lara, Assistant Client Service Manager Aircraft Charters
The landmarks are the first thing to capture your attention in Cologne. The Kölner Dom is breathtaking. I absolutely love it and never tire of the vista, whether up close or while taking a walk along the river. And of course, when you cross the Hohenzollern bridge, past all the “love locks” on one side, and view the Dom from across the river, the sight is incomparable.
The city’s greenery is another outstanding feature. It’s wonderful to have access to so many parks. I particularly recommend Volksgarten and Rheinpark for your “must see” list, no matter what the season. And for celebrations, nothing can match Cologne during Carnival time, when the whole city comes together to celebrate.
And that, for me, is what makes Cologne special: the people and the way they interact, not just during Carnival but all through the year. That’s the reason everyone I know loves this city: People are welcoming, nice, friendly, talkative and open minded. No matter who you are, you can find your place here, and not every city can say that. Just taking a walk through the streets of Cologne in the summer can make your day better as you become part of this big community of people having fun in parks, playing music, or having a drink. Kölners share this vibe and strong culture, and that makes it amazing to be here.
Damien Berthelot, Junior Digital Marketing Manager
The first thing you’ll notice when you visit or move here is the cool international atmosphere. So many people are fluent in English that you can jump right into German culture even if you don’t speak the local language. There are also many special-interest groups that organize international events here, which makes it easy to meet people from many countries and people who appreciate this global outlook.
In terms of activities, Cologne offers a great variety of cultural and sports events. You’ll have access to concerts by Beyoncé, Nickelback, and Eminem along with artists from the independent scene. If you’re an athlete, you’ll appreciate the opportunity to participate in half-marathons and 5K runs or to join organized intramural sports teams and clubs. And when it’s time to be a spectator, it’s fun to join the fans for an FC Köln match at the stadium or watch some live hockey.
Of course, there are things that could be improved in any city, and Cologne is no exception. The KVB Tram is not as reliable as I would like it to be, for example. Fortunately, this is an extremely bike-friendly city, and there are other transportation alternatives. And competition for housing can make it difficult to find a place to live here. But once you have addressed those problems, there are many positive aspects of living in Cologne, and affordability is a major plus here. From the price of food and other basics to extras like staying at a spa or treating yourself to some cool activities, the cost of living here is a definite advantage over many major cities in Europe.
Quentin Rouxel, Director Marketing & Product Development
I find Cologne to be a place of wonderful contrasts. It is a big city that manages to feel both cosmopolitan and like a small village. There are all the urban conveniences without the over-congested feel of some metropolitan areas, thanks to the abundance of parks and green spaces that give us a place to breathe and reconnect with nature. The river and lakes add to this natural beauty and are an especially welcome addition to the landscape in the summer months. And of course, the Christmas market brings a special magic to the short days and long nights each December.
When the workday is over or the weekend begins, Cologne’s internationalism really comes to life. As a true melting pot of people of all ages and nationalities, the nightlife is exceptionally diverse. The city is almost like a small-scale Berlin in that regard. It’s easy to enjoy the restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and sports events because budgeting for that entertainment is much easier than in more expensive European cities. And with three major airports nearby plus train service, it is easy to plan quick getaways to cities all over the continent — or to invite friends from your home city to come visit you in Cologne.