The eight bridges that cross the Rhine in Cologne can be interpreted as a symbol of the city: build bridges!
On the first sight, contrast seems to crash into each other in Cologne. The second glance reveals a city, where modernism and tradition exists equally while original Cologners as well as newcomers characterize the vivid life in the Rhine metropolis.
Cologne is attracting more and more young people to the greater region due to its favorable cultural- and economic metropolis. Especially its media scape builds bridges between mainstream and innovation: The Westdeutsche Rundfunk has its location since 60 years in the city while the Kunsthochschule für Medien as well as the Internationale Filmschule attract high potentials that often times establish their own film production company in the city.
A city between tradition and innovation
Cologne is one time per year a city that is fully dedicated to celebrate their carnival. Residents as well as tourists from all over the world flow into the city to catch the parade and it’s afterwards parties. Besides that vivid all-day all-night long party, Cologne is also known as a worldwide famous exhibition city. The Art Cologne is a leading exhibition for contemporary art, while in contrast the Gamescom is especially made for gamers and more than 20 further exhibitions per year make the city a magnet for professional visitors from all around the world. Just the number of exhibitors doubled in recent years and foreign visitors tripled. Numerous universities with loads of possibilities to specialize give Cologne the prestige to be the biggest location for education- and research facilities. Loads of young people start their career there and the possibility to exchange with international experts let them stay in the city.
Cologne’s ideal location with good connections to any given transport resource make it a central trade location. Cologne has the second biggest inland port, the airport Cologne/Bonn is in close distance and the train station is an important hub for rail traffic.
Moreover the city Cologne is a city of gourmets, as one can see while strolling through the charming inner city. Get inspired by the city! It doesn’t matter if one walks on historical or cultural paths or if one explores the city by boat or from the infamous Cologne Dom – once one gets here, once won’t leave anytime soon.