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View of Cologne from the Helios Lighthouse
View of Cologne from the Helios Lighthouse
Banner o Cologne
Coat of airms o Cologne
Coat airms
Cologne is located in Germany
Cologne athin North Rhine-Westphalie
Coordinates: 50°57′N 06°58′E / 50.950°N 6.967°E / 50.950; 6.967Coordinates: 50°57′N 06°58′E / 50.950°N 6.967°E / 50.950; 6.967
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalie
Admin. regionCologne
DestrictUrban district
Foondit38 BC
 • Lord MayorJürgen Roters (SPD)
 • Total405.15 km2 (156.43 sq mi)
37 m (121 ft)
 • Total1,073,096
 • Density2,600/km2 (6,900/sq mi)
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Postal codes
Diallin codes0221, 02203 (Porz)
Vehicle registrationK

Cologne (German: Köln, pronounced [kœln] ( listen); Kölsch dialect: Kölle [ˈkœɫə]) is Germany's fowert-lairgest ceety (efter Berlin, Hamburg an Munich), an is the lairgest ceety baith in the German Federal State o North Rhine-Westphalie an athin the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Aurie, ane o the major European metropolitan areas wi mair nor ane million inhabitants. It is ane o the auldest ceeties in Germany, haein been foondit bi the Ubii in the year 38 BC. The name is derived frae that o the Roman dounset, Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium.

Cologne lies on the River Rhine. The ceety's famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat o the Catholic Archbishop o Cologne. The University o Cologne (Universität zu Köln) is ane o Europe's auldest varsities.

Cologne is a major cultural centre o the Rhineland an haes a vibrant airts scene. Cologne is hame tae mair nor 30 museums an hunders o galleries. Exhibitions range frae local auncient Roman archeological sites tae contemporary graphics an sculpture. The Cologne Trade Fair hosts a nummer o trade shows such as Airt Cologne, imm Cologne Internaitional Furniture Fair an the Photokina. Cologne is an aa well-kent for its celebration o Cologne Carnival, the annual reggae summerjam, an Cologne Gay Pride.

Athin Germany, Cologne is kent as an important media center. Several radio an television stations, includin Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), RTL an VOX, hae thair heidquarters in the ceety. Baith Pro7 an Sat.1 produce TV shows in Cologne as well. Further, the ceety hosts the Cologne Comedy Festival, which is considered tae be the lairgest comedy festival in mainland Europe.[2]

Twin touns — sister ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

Cologne is "twinned" wi the follaein ceeties:[3]

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