The Cologne Cathedral, UNESCO-world heritage and the most visited historical monument of Germany, acts as magnet for visitors. The twelve big Romanesque churches imprint unforgettable impressions in the minds of the visitors. The artistic landscape of Cologne that houses over 40 museums, 110 galleries and several studios enjoys an international standing. Unique and world-famous collections are shown at in the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum/Fondation Corboud, the Museum Ludwig or the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum.
On account of its several renowned artists and numerous events, Cologne has become one of the most important cities for music lovers. The Cologne opera and the Philharmonic hall of Cologne, home to the Gürzenich Orchestra, enjoy an excellent reputation with world-class stars. International pop stars are tempted to perform in the LANXESS arena with its capacity of 22,000 viewers, the most visited multifunction hall in Germany, or in the RheinEnergie Stadium. Several smaller locations that offer jazz, pop and club culture beyond the mainstream are also popular among artists and fans.
Sports in Cologne stands for major top-class events and competitions as also for modern sports facilities, scientific institutions and establishments, numerous mass sports as well as top sports programs, and for an enthusiastic public. Two professional clubs – 1. FC Köln and Kölner Haie – play for Cologne in the first league. The Cologne marathon, the sole sports university of Germany and the German Sports & Olympic Museum profile Cologne as a city of sports. Innumerable green areas, parks, forests and water bodies and even the Cologne zoo make Cologne a green city, offer space for leisure and relaxation and contribute to the very high quality of life in the metropolis.