(German: Köln) 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
one of the major European metropolitan areas with more than ten million
inhabitants. It is also one of the oldest cities in Germany, having
founded by the Romans in the year 38 BC. Cologne lies on the
River Rhine. The city's
famous Cologne Cathedral
(Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of
The University of Cologne (Universität zu Köln) is one of
Cologne is a major cultural centre
of the Rhineland and has a
vibrant art scene. Cologne counts over 30 museums and hundreds of
galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archaeological
sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture. The city's Trade Fair
Grounds are host to a number of trade shows such as the Art Cologne
Fair, the International Furniture Fair (IMM) and the Photokina. Cologne
is also well known for its celebration of Cologne Carnival and the LGBT
festival Christopher Street Day (CSD).
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