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Cologne

German location
NameCologne
German nameKöln
Administration
CountryGermany
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Admin. regionCologne
DistrictUrban district
BrgermeisterJürgen Roters
PartySPD
Basic statistics
Area (km2)405.15
Elevation (m)37
Founded38 BC
Other information
Time zoneCET/CEST (UTC+1/+2)
Licence plateK
Postal code50441 51149
Area code0221, 02203 (Porz)

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Cologne (c-enlangpronkəˈloʊn, -dekœln, -dediaˈkœɫə) is Germany's fourth-largest city (after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich), and is the largest city both in the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia and within the Rhine-Ruhr Metropolitan Area, one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million inhabitants.

Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River. The city's famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. The University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln) is one of Europe's oldest and largest universities.

Cologne is a major cultural centre of the Rhineland and has a vibrant arts scene. Cologne is home to more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture. The Cologne Trade Fair hosts a number of trade shows such as Art Cologne, imm Cologne, Gamescom and the Photokina.


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