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Practical information for your stay in Cologne

To help you with the planning of your trip to Cologne, you will find here all the practical information you need, such as airports and public transport, useful web links and general information about Cologne and Germany.
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Welcome to Cologne - Airports and transfers

Airports Köln Bonn

Bonn-Cologne Airports

The 6th largest airport in Germany is 15 minutes by train from Cologne's main station. Several European cities are served such as Bordeaux, Nice, Wien, Milan, Pisa, Dublin, Madrid or Barcelona. Take the RER line S13 or S19 to Köln HBF ( main station), as an alternative, regional trains also run (also 13-15 minutes). Photo: © Flughafen Köln Bonn GmbH"
Bonn-Cologne Airports : www.koeln-bonn-airport.de
airport Frankfurt

Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt am Main Airport is the largest airport in Germany with 70 million passengers per year. From the airport you are about 50-60 minutes from the main station and you have to take an ICE train to get there. This airport is ideal for those who want to visit other cities in Germany and then enjoy the German rail network. Frankfurt Airpor: www.frankfurt-airport.com
Photo: © Fraport AG
main station hauptbahnhof cologne

Travelling by train

A very good alternative to flying to Cologne is to travel by train, so you can enjoy the beautiful German countryside and reduce your impact on the environment. German Railways (DB) and companies in your countries offer attractive packages, often with the hotel included. Here are some examples of trips: Paris-Cologne by Thalys in 3h30. Lyon-Cologne with 1-2 changes in 6-7 hours. Basel-Cologne without change in 3h50. Wien-Cologne in 8 hours. Photo: © Koelnmesse GmbH

Weblinks - Aviation

  • www.lufthansa.com
  • www.airfrance.fr
  • www.swiss.com
  • www.britishairways.com
  • www.americanairlines.de

Weblinks - By train

  • www.bahn.de
  • www.sncf.com
  • www.sbb.ch
  • www.belgiantrain.be
  • Cologne Main Station
e bus kvb Köln

Public transport

Cologne has a very good public transport network by bus, metro (U) and suburban train (S). There are different rates depending on the length of the trip (zones). If you have just a short trip to the centre of Cologne, rate K (Short distance) at €2 and €1 for children aged 6 to 14 is valid for 20 minutes. A day pass (24h) can be interesting, especially with its price for small groups of up to 5 people. You will find the right price on the ticket machine where you will find the desired destination. Tickets purchased on a vending machine are valid as soon as they are purchased. If you buy tickets in advance, you must validate them just before use. More information on www.kvb.koeln. Photo: © Christoph Seelbach, Kölner Verkehrs-Betriebe AG

Day pass KölnCard

It is worth buying the KölnCard which gives you access to all KVB public transport within zone 1b (Cologne) and offers you discounts up to 50% on many services in Cologne (museums, boat tours, restaurants, shopping, etc.) the price (2019) is only 9 € for 24h or 18 € for 48h, it is even more interesting with the card for 5 people at 19 € / 38 €. You can buy it online here www.cologne-tourism.com or anywhere in Cologne (KVB machines, hotels, tourist office, etc.).

Bicycle hauptbahnhof

Bicycle rental

There are many bike rental points in Cologne. We present two of them :
  • Radstation Köln - Breslauer Platz (main station) www.radstationkoeln.de
  • Radstation Köln - You have another station in Markmannsgasse, near the Deutzer Bridge open from April to October.
  • Our local partner for guided tours also offers bike tours on request. Contact us by e-mail here.
Photo: © Bilderblitz / Köln Tourismus GmbH

Travelling in Germany : Useful Information

Foreign currencies and credit cards

Like most EU member states Germany introduced the euro (€) in January 2002 :
   • At Main Bahnhof from 7am to 8-9pm

Off course, you can also change in banks, but the exchange rate usually is better here. Credit cards are accepted in many places (VISA, Mastercard). But you should ask in advance whether it is possible to pay by card, just to make sure. Tip are not obligatory, but the standard is up to 10 maximum. Just round up the bill when paying.

Identity documents

Citizens of EU member states and several other countries only need a normal ID card. For many other nationalities a passport valid three months beyond the length of stay is sufficient. In any case, when planning your trip, you should ask at your local German consulate or embassy or at a travel agency about the visa requirements. Cologne still is rather safe, compared to other European cities. Anyway, one should always keep money, credit and ID card in separate places.
Tip: Take a photo of your identity cards with your mobile phone. Take special care of pick pockets in tourist areas such as train stations and airports. Ignore the people who want you to sign a "petition", of course it's all about money. The "Shell game" is not a game, but a fraudulent method of collaborative perpetrators, in which only the perpetrators win! Never stop at them.

Insurance

When staying in Europe, EU citizens (and Swiss) must have the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Citizens of other countries should thoroughly inquire at their health insurance about the necessary conditions to get their expenses for medical treatment in Germany reimbursed. If you are planning a long-term stay, you should consider an additional private insurance.

Important telephone numbers

   • Germany's international access code: +49
   • Ambulance/Fire Brigade: 112
   • Police : 110
   • Medical emergency service: 116 117
   • Poisoning Emergency Line: 0228 19240
   • Dentist Emergency Line: 0221 290 10 200

Embassies in Berlin

   • United States America: Pariser Platz, (030) 8 30 50
   • British Embassy: Wilhelmstraße 70, (030) 20 45 70
   • Embassy Canada: Leipziger Platz 17, (030) 20 31 20
   • Embassy France: Pariser Platz 5, (030) 590 03 90 00
   • Embassy Suisse: Otto-von Bismarck-Allee 4a, (030) 390 40 00
   • Embassy Belgium: Jägerstr. 52-53, (030) 206 420
   • Botschaft Österreich: Stauffenbergstrasse 1, (030) 20 28 7-0

Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia and Germany by numbers

Cologne by Numbers

City :

Cologne (Köln)

Country :

Federal Republic of Germany

Federal State :

North Rhine-Westphalia

Area :

405,15 km²

Elevation :

37,5 - 118,4 m.

Postal Codes :

50441-51149

Population :

1.085.664 (31.12.2018)

Lord Mayor :

Henriette Reker (Without a party since 2015)

City council :
CDU 25 - SPD 26 - Die Grünen 18 - FDP 5 - AFD 3
Linke 6 - other 7 / Total 90 (2014)

Official Website :

www.stadt-koeln.de



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The Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia

Federal State :

North Rhine-Westphalia

State Capital :

DÜSSELDORF

languages :

German - Low German - Kölsch

Population :

17.932.651

Area :

34 085 km²

Density :

526 hab/km²

GDP Per capita :

37.485 € (Germany 39.477 €)

Unemployment :

6,7 % (08.2019)

Three largest cities :
Cologne (1.085.664 residents) - Düsseldorf (619.294) - Dortmund (587.010)- Essen (583.109) - Duisburg (498.590)

Minister-President :

Armin Laschet (CDU)

Parlement (Land) :
CDU 72 - SPD 69 - FDP 28 - Grüne 14 - AFD 13 - +3 / Total 199 (2017)

Official Website :

www.nrw.de

The Federal Republic of Germany by numbers

Country :

Federal Republic of Germany (23. Mai 1949)

Capital :

Berlin since 3 october 1990

Area :

357 578 km²

Elevation :

0-2962 meter (Zugspitze)

Population :

83.000.000

Density :

232 inhabitants/km²

GDP Per capita :

39.477 € (Lux. 92.000 - Fr. 34.100 - Bul. 7.100 €)

unemployment :

4,9% (Bremen 9,7% - Bayern 2,8% - Berlin 7,7%)

Federal President :

Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) since 2017

Chancellor :

Angela MERKEL (CDU) since november 2005

Governing parties :

Coalition CDU-CSU/SPD

19. Bundestag (September 2017):
CDU/CSU 246 - SPD 152 - AFD 91 - FDP 80 - Die Linke 69 - Die Grünen 67 - Fraktionslos 4 / Total 709

Official website :

www.deutschland.de

www.bundestag.de

Germany by numbers

16 Federal States : (Inhabitants x 1000 & ranking largest states) :

   • North Rhine-Westphalia (17,91 inhab. / 4.)
   • Bavaria (12,99 / 1.)
   • Baden-Würtemberg (11,02 / 3.)
   • Lower Saxony (7,96 / 2.)
   • Hesse (6,24 / 7.)
   • Saxony (4,08 / 10.)
   • Rhineland-Palatinate (4,07 / 9.)
   • Berlin (3,61 / 14.)
   • Schleswig-Holstein (2,88 / 12.)
   • Brandenburg (2,50 / 5.)
   • Saxony-Anhalt (2,22 / 8.)
   • Thuringia (2,15 / 11.)
   • Cologne (1,83 / 15.)
   • Mecklemburg-Vorpommern (1,61 / 6.)
   • Saarland (0,99 / 13.)
   • Bremen (0,68 / 16.)

The largest cities :

   • Berlin 3,77 million inhabitants
   • Hamburg 1,89 million inhabitants
   • Munich 1,47 million inhabitants
   • Cologne 1,08 million inhabitants
   • Frankfurt 0,74 million inhabitants

Useful web links to Cologne and Rhineland

Cologne & Tourism

   • Wikipédia - The Free encyclopedia - Page of Cologne
   • Wikipédia - Page of North Rhine-Westphalia
   • koelntourismus.de - Cologne Tourism Service
   • nrw-tourismus.de - Tourist Office of North Rhine-Westphalia
   • museenkoeln.de - Website about Cologne museums
   • germany.travel - German Tourist Office

Politics & Administration

   • stadt-koeln.de - Official website of the city of Cologne
   • land.nrw - Website of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia
   • bundesregierung.de - Official website of the German government
   • bundestag.de - Official website of the German Parliament

Transport - Railway and airlines

   • KVB - Public transport companies
   • DB - Deutsche Bahn
   • SNCF - The French State Railways
   • CFF/SBB - Swiss Federal Railways
   • SNCB - The Belgian Railway
   • Lufthansa - Best Airline in Europe (Awards 2019)
   • britishairways.com - British Airways
   • americanairlines.de - American Airlines

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