What to Do in Cologne, Germany

Overlooked by the gothic showstopper that is Cologne Cathedral, the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia dances to its own – progressive – beat, energised by a diverse, young population of movers and shakers intent on making the world a better place

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Lifelab co-working space



You can practically hear the bright ideas whirring around this light- flooded co-working space, where furniture comes apart like Lego bricks so it can accommodate regular workshops and events. The community-minded company offers big discounts to businesses with a positive social impact.


Ebertplatz 23, 50668

Artwork at Museum Ludwig


Museum Ludwig

Europe's most extensive collection of pop art, the third-largest Picasso collection in the world and some of the most important works by German expressionists can all be found under this rippling roof. Don't miss the unusual views of Cologne Cathedral from its sunny terrace.


Heinrich-Böll-Platz, 50667

The sculpture park in Cologne


Skulpturenpark Köln

With mind-boggling structures, sound installations, sculptures that look like trees and trees that look like sculptures, this small park is great if you want to be immersed in art but are short on time. Visit in the late afternoon to enjoy shadows almost as striking as the works themselves.


Riehler Strasse and Konradadenauer-Ufer, 50668

Photo credit: Tourismus NRW/Johannes Höhn


Cologne Game Lab

What impact do video games have on human health and our view of the world? That is the question researchers grapple with in this futuristic lab on the top floor of the University of Applied Sciences. It also offers BAs and MAs in game design - talk about dream-job potential.


Schanzenstrasse 28, 51063

The Lowdown

Make your move in Cologne - visit cologne-tourism.com and urbanana.de to find out more. Purchase Volume 39: Ritual to read our 20-page travel companion to Ruhr, Düsseldorf and Cologne.

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