Welcome to Cologne: Our Hub

Open-minded people, the rich choice of museums and cultural sites as well as the great variety of multicultural food and the famous Carnival, make Cologne a pleasant place to live. With 1.1 million inhabitants Cologne is the fourth biggest city of Germany. Cologne is geographically well located: one of the biggest German train stations is just at our doorstep. It connects the city not only to the rest of the country but also offers direct connections to the capitals Brussels, Paris and Amsterdam. 

Settling in Cologne

Moving to a new place has its challenges and may put a strain on family life. We try to support you as a newcomer wherever possible. You will find below some first information worth to know. In addition, you will receive a Welcome Pack with all the details needed to help you settling smoothly into the new environment. 

The City of Cologne provides useful information around moving to/ from and within Cologne.

New in the city Cologne-Bonn - everything you need to know as a newcomer to the region: accommodation, infrastructure, education, culture and more. 

Cologne local transport provider: Explore Cologne by bus, train and bicycle.

To help integrating the family the Welcome Centre of the Federal Government provides information on working, studying and living in Germany including information for spouses joining EU citizens.


  • Get outside to enjoy nature

    Cologne is surrounded by places of natural beauty: Eifel National Park, Bergisches Land, Siebengebirge offer endless opportunities for hiking, cycling, kayaking and more.

  • Cologne's green belts

    In the 1920s, the City of Cologne created the inner and outer green belt, on the premises of former fortresses. Large park areas invite to practice sports or to just nestle in the green having a picnic or a barbecue in the evening.

  • Christmas Markets

    Every year, large, lavishly decorated Christmas markets shine in the city centre. Each market is devoted to a different theme and is well worth a visit. 

    Smaller markets offer goods from local businesses and culinary specialities. 

  • Nightlife

    There's something for everyone: Philharmonics, Opera, Theatre, Rock & Pop concerts, Night Clubs ... Papa Joe's is Germany's oldest Jazz Pub.