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The shopping metropolis of Cologne caters for all tastes – from the trendy to the unique

The shopping metropolis of Cologne caters for all tastes – from the trendy to the unique

Cologne is one of the most prestigious shopping metropolises in Germany and the Schildergasse one of the most popular shopping streets in the country. Large department stores and famous retail outlets have found their places here and in the neighbouring Hohe Straße and Ehrenstraße. Exclusive designer firms have set up shop on the Mittelstraße and Pfeilstraße. In the Belgian Quarter and in Ehrenfeld small uniquely presented shops offer up unusual fashion items and accessories. Countless cafés and restaurants are there to round off a shopping trip nicely.

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Upheaval and avant garde, form and functionality, rigour and beauty: modernism is a broad term that has shaped an entire century and remains influential today. Hardly any other museum has concentrated as exclusively on this era as Cologne's Ludwig Museum, whose collection starts in the early 20th century and traces developments right to the present day in remarkable breadth and depth.

The history of this fascinating museum, which together with the Philharmonic Hall has occupied an architecturally striking building right next to Cologne Cathedral since 1986, began with Peter and Irene Ludwig's endowment of around 350 works of modern art. Within a few decades, it had grown into the biggest collection of Pop Art outside the USA including Roy Lichtenstein's Maybe and Andy Warhol's Brillo Boxes. In addition to the Pop Art, today it owns the third-largest Picasso collection worldwide and an extensive collection of Russian avant garde from before and after the revolution, as well as important works of German Expressionism and Surrealism. Artistic movements such as Bauhaus and De Stijl, Nouveau Réalisme and Fluxus bring us to the contemporary art which the museum resolutely acquired, the most recent piece never being more than a few months old. German art of the 1970s and 1980s and installations by the younger avant garde therefore also found their way into the Ludwig Museum, completing the survey of the intriguing era of modernism through contemporary works.

Upcoming dates:

19.01.2019 - 14.04.2019

09.03.2019 - 02.06.2019

14.04.2019 - 21.07.2019

04.05.2019 - 11.08.2019

07.06.2019 - 22.09.2019

13.07.2019 - 29.09.2019

21.09.2019 - 19.01.2020

12.10.2019 - 02.02.2020

16.11.2019 - 01.03.2020

Venue

Museum Ludwig
Bischofsgartenstraße
50667 Cologne

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.
Every spring, the who's who of contemporary literature comes together at lit.COLOGNE. There’s a wide-ranging children's programme as well.
Lit.Cologne is a literature lover’s paradise. Every spring, the who's who of contemporary literature comes together. The Cologne festival unreservedly ranges from highbrow culture to best-sellers to light reading. Nobel laureates feature just as much as non-fiction stars or authors of crime novels. Since its inception in 2001, the event has developed into the largest literary festival in Europe.

Upcoming dates:

19.03.2019 - 30.03.2019

Venue

Köln
Appellhofplatz 1
50667 Cologne

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

Christopher Street Day (CSD) and ColognePride bring colourful parades, extravagant outfits and fever-pitch excitement to the streets – a huge, vibrant festival enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of people but with a very serious message. Every year, when gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders descend on Cologne with their high spirits and good humour, they are demonstrating for homosexuals' rights and for acceptance, tolerance and equality.

It was back in 1972 that the first demonstrations for the rights of lesbians, gays and transgenders took place in this liberal-minded cathedral city in North Rhine-Westphalia. The Christopher Street Day parade has been organised by Kölner Lesben- und Schwulentag e.V. (KLuST) every year since 1991, partly in memory of the events in Christopher Street in New York in 1969, partly focusing on the future and the continuing improvement in the social and political status of sexual minorities. At first, Gay Pride and the street festival only attracted around 3,000 lesbians and gays to the historical old quarter, but in the last few years up to 1.2 million visitors have gathered in Cologne. Now ColognePride spans four main events: the weekend street festival around Alter Markt, Heumarkt and Rathausplatz, the Friday AIDS-Hilfe gala at Hotel Maritim, the Colour Cologne Party in the Lanxess Arena and the grand parade through the city centre featuring up to 120 floats and countless groups. This is a festival for everyone because sexual orientation has no relevance in matters of tolerance, humanity, joy and equal rights.

Upcoming dates:

07.07.2019

Venue

Unter Käster 1
50667 Köln

All information on prices, dates and opening times are subject to change without notice.

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