Cologne, Germany Sights and Sounds

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Population: 964,000
Dialling code: 0221
Post code: D-50670 to D-51149
Airport: Flughafen Koln/Bonn GmbH, Postfach 98 01 20, 51129 Koln Tel 02203-404001 or 02203-404002 The Koln-Bonn Airport, named Konrad Adenauer, is situated 14 kilometres in the south-east of Cologne. An express bus goes daily every 15-30 minutes from 6.45am to 11.45pm from the airport to the inner city of Cologne.
Area: 405 km
Car registration: K
Bunsdesland: Nordrhein-Westphalen (North Rhine-Westphalia)

Koln Tourismus
Unter Fettenhennen 19
50667 Koln (Am Dom)
Tel (02 21) 2 21-3 33 45
or (02 21) 1 94 33

Office hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:
8.30am - 4pm
Wesdnesday: 8.30am - 3pm
Friday: 8.30am - noon


Kolner Dom (Cathedral)
Open daily from 7am to 7pm except during services.
Guided tour in two or more languages, taking 1 hour:
Monday - Sunday 10.30am
and 2.30pm, on Sundays at 2.30pm.

The most famous architectural monument in Germany and landmark of Cologne is the city`s Cathedral, the Kolner Dom. Both its towers are 157 metres high. The Sodturm (Southern Tower), which visitors can ascend over a 500-step staircase, offers a wide view over the city. All in all, the building`s construction time took 632 years. After the work had started in 1248, it ceased temporarily. Completion was achieved in the year 1880.

Altes Rathaus (Old Town Hall)
The Town Hall was rebuilt after the Second World War. Its tower is 61 metres high. The statues fixed to it represent important personages of the city`s history. Among the 124 figures, we find beside others sculptures representing Peter Paul Rubens, Karl Marx, Konrad Adenauer and Heinrich Boll.

Schokoladenmuseum (Chocolate Museum)
D-50678 Koln
Tel 0221 / 931 8880
Opening time:
Tuesday till Friday 10am - 6pm,
Saturday - Sunday 11am - 7pm

The Imhoff-Stollwerck Museum (also known as Chocolate Museum) presents the history of chocolate on a ground of 2000 square metres. The highlight is a chocolate fountain from which the sweet substance flows.

Wallraf-Reichartz/Ludwig Museum
Gegenber dem Dom
D-50667 Koln
Opening time:
Tuesday 10am - 8pm,
Wednesday - Friday 10am - 6pm,

Admission in deutschmarks: 10,-/5,-

The Wallraf-Reichartz/Ludwig Museum is the oldest museum in Cologne. On the inside, visitors can admire works of art bei internationally renowned artists of the early twenteenth century like Paul Klee, Max Ernst and Wilhelm Leibl.

Romisch-Germanisches Museum (Roman-Germanic Museum)
Next to the Wallraf-Reichartz/ Ludwig Museum
D-50667 Koln
Roncalliplatz 4
50667 Koln
Tel 0221/22122304; /24438
Fax 0221/3369410 or
Opening time:
Tuesday - Sunday from 10am - 5pm

Admission in DM: 5,- / 2,50
Notice: during extra exhibitions, changes concerning opening hours and admission are possible

Please marvel at an interesting collection of Roman glass, pottery, jewellery and marble. The main attraction is a Dionysos mosaic of 70 square metres. This piece of art was once found as part of the floor of a great Roman villa from the third century. In 1941, it was discovered during excavation works of air-raid shelters.

Die Kolner Philharmonie (Cologne Philharmony)
KolnMusik GmbH
Bischofsgartenstrae 1
D-50667 Koln
Tel 0221/204080
Fax 0221/2040885
The Philharmonie is the centre of Cologne`s music culture, offering space for 2,000 listeners. Here, the universally known orchestra, chamber musicians, choirs and solo players are presented. Giving about 400 shows of chamber music, jazz, folk and pop music every year, the Philharmonie takes rank with the leading concert halls in Europe.

Karneval (Carnival)
Central office: Bund Deutscher Karneval e.V.
Altenberger Str. 34
51145 Koln
tel+fax: 0 22 03/29 37 14
The universally known Carnival of Cologne means a fifth season to most of its inhabitants. The opening of the celebrations takes place on 11 November at 11.11am at the Alter Markt (Old Market). From 11 November, 400 sessions and balls are held between New Year`s Eve and Aschermittwoch, Ash Wednesday, the day that marks the end of the joyous festivities. There are pure Lady`s- and Gentleman`s sessions, mixed events and sessions for children and clubs. Although street carnival starts not earlier than three months later, people celebrate the opening day in streets and bars, disguised in costumes.

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