Tourist informations


Group visits

The guides of the Museumsdienst and of the private museums take you to the highlights of the special exhibitions and show you the outstanding works and exhibits of the collections in Cologne’s museums. Avail yourself of one of the customised packages or combine several museums. There are more than 40 themes on offer relating to the permanent collections and guided tours of all current special exhibitions.



Information for tour operators and suppliers of educational programmes: with two million visitors annually, Cologne’s museums are a magnet for all visitors to the city. The Sales Guide gives you information on the most important cultural themes and sites surrounding the museums. Tour operators and travel agents who are interested in a long-term cooperation should get in touch. Contact:



Information for individual visitors: KölnTourismus GmbH is the official tourist organisation of the city and thus the best contact partner for your visit. KölnTourismus provides all the relevant information for your stay, including accommodation, arrangements and special offers, comprehensive information on guided tours, shopping, events and highlights.


NRW Tourismus

If your visit takes you beyond the city limits Tourismus NRW e.V. provides all the relevant information. The state of North-Rhine Westphalia is among the most popular German destinations and an increasing number of visitors from Germany and abroad are discovering this area as a travel destination.



If you are interested in the museums of the entire Rhineland and other art venues, the rheinschiene@ktuell service portal is the right partner for you. It has information on current trends in the art scene, a vernissage calendar of art galleries and a wealth of information on the art scene in the Rhineland, cultural institutions and the independent art scene between Aachen and Wuppertal.


Galleries in Cologne

Köln Galerien is a portal with extensive information on current exhibitions at the more than 50 art galleries in Cologne, current trends in visual arts, new exhibitions, opening times and addresses in this vibrant city of the arts.



Art and Trade Fairs

Cologne’s museums are routinely represented at German and international trade fairs and can be found at ART Cologne, Cologne Fine Arts and Antiques, EXPONATEC COLOGNE, ITB Berlin and RDA Workshop. As an important destination in Cologne, the museums present themselves in conjunction with KölnTourismus at numerous trade fairs and roadshows in Germany and abroad.



General (city portal for Cologne) (official website City of Cologne)


Public transport (Köln-Düsseldorfer Rheinschiffahrt AG – river cruises) (Personenschifffahrt am Dom GmbH – river cruises) (Colonia Weber Fahrgastschiffahrt – river cruises) (KVB – Kölner Verkehrsbetriebe – tram, bus, metro) (airport KölnBonn)

Museums and exhibitions (exhibition portal for the Rhineland)

City tours and guided visits (central portal for all guided tours)  (tours of the cathedral) (architectural tours) (city tours and events in Cologne) (guided tours in Cologne and surrounding area) (city tours, association of independent guides) (history of women) (intercultural tours) (gay/lesbian city tours)

Galleries, studios, exhibition venues (overview of Cologne galleries) (Cologne Contemporaries) (Kunstwerk, house for artists) (concerts, exhibitions)

Churches and other places of worship (portal of Cologne cathedral) (Friends of the Romanesque Churches) (Protestant parish of St Anthony) (Cologne synagogue) (central mosque Cologne-Ehrenfeld)

Event tickets

Media, events magazines (Kölner Stadtanzeiger) (Kölnische Rundschau) (Stadtrevue. Monthly magazina for Cologne) (Report K – Cologne Internet journal) (Radio Köln UKW 107.1) (Domradio – news of the world / church news) (city magazine for families in Cologne and Bonn) (CityNews – The Cologne Lifestyle Magazine) (Westdeutscher Rundfunk) (Cultural magazine)

Shopping (city portal for Cologne) (shopping guide for central Cologne) (magazine for lifestyle and shopping) (shopping tips for the Belgian quarter) (shopping tips for the Südstadt quarter) (bookshop at the Roman-Germanic Museum) (shop at MAKK) (Walther König bookshop at Museum Ludwig and Museum of East Asian Art) (CEDON museum shop at Wallraf-Richartz-Museum) (shop in Museum Schnütgen and Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum)

Going out, eating and drinking (gastronomical guide to Cologne) (events) (gastronomical guide to greater Cologne)


More cultural tips

Open Night at Cologne’s Museums

See more, hear more, experience more! Cologne’s biggest museum event takes place every year in early November. This unique night gives you the chance to make innumerable discoveries in more than 40 museums and other venues. You, and thousands of other enthusiasts, will discover that there are good reasons for Cologne’s reputation as a major cultural centre. Special ticket conditions for tour operators.

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Cologne Contemporaries

Cologne is one of the most exciting places in Germany when it comes to contemporary art. More than 60 galleries and exhibition venues offer visitors the chance to discover international trends throughout the year. A particularly vibrant art event is the Cologne Contemporaries art-gallery weekend in November.

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Cologne Fine Art & Antiques

Cologne Fine Art invites visitors to experience a crossover of styles and epochs that is unique in Germany. Roughly 100 selected galleries and art dealers present masterworks from Europe and around the world. Experience art, crafts and jewellery in an inspirational combination with furniture and accessories in an open, elegant atmosphere.
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Early Music in Cologne

Cologne is an important centre of Early Music. Works written before 1750 are regularly performed at numerous concerts by leading international soloists and ensembles.
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Cologne Cabaret

In the Rhineland, political cabaret is of high quality. Many well-known cabaret artists are from Cologne and are active in this city. The Senftöpfchen and the Comedia are the most famous venues. 

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Kölner Philharmonie

Cologne has an international reputation as an important centre of music. At its heart is the Kölner Philharmonie concert hall with its outstanding repertoire where the audience have a chance to enjoy international top orchestras and soloists of world renown.
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Cologne - Media City

Cologne is Germany’s most important centre of TV production. International film directors and stars shoot films alongside creative students from the Kölner Filmschule, who together with a vast number of radio stations, advertising agencies, publishers and music labels, enrich this city steeped in history by adding impressive, new facets. A number of TV studios offer guided tours, and you can visit talk shows, quiz programmes and entertainment shows.
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Oper und Schauspiel Köln

Cologne Opera House and Cologne Theatre never fail to amaze and inspire with their courageous stagings and varied repertoires which range from classical to contemporary.
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Panoramic View from »Köln Triangle«

From the visitors’ platform of the office tower in Cologne Deutz at a height of 100 m (330 ft) there are stunning views of the vast city and its cathedral, the Rhine valley and its surrounding area. This is the best place for a bird eye’s view of Cologne.
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