Buskers making music in the high street (Hohe Straße), a gala performance in the modern opera house (Opernhaus), pavement art on the square in front of the cathedral (Domplatte) or old masters in the Wallraf-Richartz Museum - in Cologne all these things combine to form a living work of art, a synthesis of culture in a large cosmopolitan city which has never lost its familial character and intimate atmosphere despite its size.
The whole world feels at home in Cologne! A city where people meet up for a glass of Cologne-brewed beer (Kölsch) or just get together for a chat or a laugh. Or to tell each other tales of Cologne curiosities in the local dialect (Kölsche Kuriositäten)! Life in Cologne is uncomplicated and exciting - tolerance and broad-mindedness are traditional for the people of Cologne!
Cologne has a wide and diverse range of leisure time facilities - enjoy the summer attractions in this lively city on the river Rhine and discover its charms on foot or by bicycle.
For more information on recreational activities visit
www.stadt-koeln.de (german only).
The people of Cologne are active types - not just in sport - they also like watching the real experts and make an enthusiastic audience, but they also want to get in on the action, have some input, and get involved in society and politics. Alongside top international representatives you will therefore find a whole host of "laypeople" with a proactive approach and a vast array of creativity, sporting prowess and scientific ideas. All this goes to make a very energetic city which expresses its philosophy on life in its local dialect in the motto "Lääve un lääve losse" - or "Live and let live". And this applies to all Colognians, no matter where they are from.