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Cologne is Germany's oldest city and was founded over 2,000 years ago by the Romans. In the Middle Ages the city blossomed into a flourishing trade center with the Rhine playing a decisive role as an important transport route between the Alps and the North Sea. Today, Cologne with its approximately 1 million inhabitants is the fourth-biggest city in Germany. The Dom (cathedral) is the city's most famous landmark, a masterpiece of the high gothic period and one of Europe's largest cathedrals. In addition, Cologne is well-known for its numerous Romanesque churches and picturesque old town.

In addition to many historical attractions, art and culture are also very important in Cologne: with museums and galleries, theaters, the opera house, Philharmonic Orchestra and a musical theater, Cologne has much to offer, both for locals and tourists. Cologne rightly owes its reputation as Germany's media metropolis to ten radio and TV stations and 400 media production companies. Sports fans can also enjoy soccer, horse and cycle racing, ice hockey, basketball and the Cologne Marathon.

More about Cologne, population 1 million (incl. 73,000 students)



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