Exhibitions and Fairs in Cologne
Cologne, Köln, is the German capital for film and television industry. The city also hosts the headquarters of major industrial groups (Lufthansa, the European subsidiaries of Ford and Toyota motor companies) and insurance groups (Zurich Financial Services, AXA, Generali Deutschland). Cologne Fair, Koelnmesse, annually hosts over 70 international events for over 25 business sectors.
How to reach Cologne and Koelnmesse
Cologne is considered the economic and cultural capital of the Rhineland. The city is about 70 km away from Liege, Belgium, and a little more than 20 km from Bonn, to which it is connected by motorways A565 and A562. Cologne Central Station, Köln Hauptbahnhof, located in the city centre, is one of the most important railway hubs in the country. The airport Cologne / Bonn is halfway between the two cities, on Kennedystrasse. Cologne Fair, on the opposite bank of the Rhine from the historical centre, is accessible via shuttle bus from the airport, by train (Köln Messe stop) and subway (Messe Sporthalle stop).
Where to stay in Cologne
In 1996, Cologne was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, for the presence of valuable monuments (as the splendid Gothic Cathedral) and museums (as the Museum Ludwig, featuring modern and contemporary art). 90% destroyed by WWII bombings, the city was completely rebuilt and is today one of the most important tourist destinations in the country. The availability of hotels, inns, B&Bs and serviced apartments, in Cologne, is wide and articulate, with accommodation ranging from 5 star luxury hotels to guest houses. There are excellent hotels in Cologne's Altstadt, the old town, and many business hotels are found in the Deutz district, near the Fair.
Hot spots in Cologne for the after-show
Being a university city, a trade fair city and a popular tourist destination, Cologne is a very lively city, full of bars, typical restaurants, theaters, pubs where you can listen to great live music. Cologne's most famous venues include Apollo - on Hohenzollernring, with a stage for live music, Das Ding on Hohenstaufenring - open daily and until dawn on weekends, Live Music Hall on Lichtstrasse, Brauhaus Sion, in Unter Taschenmacher, where you drink the traditional Kölsch beer, and Fruh am Dom in Am Hof, just behind the Duomo.
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