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Those who study in Cologne are not alone. With almost 100,000 students, Cologne is one of the largest college towns in Germany. To name a few, the University of Cologne; the TH Cologne; the Sporthochschule and, certainly not least of all, CBS International Business School – these make Cologne an attractive place to study. With numerous leisure activities for students like College Sports of Cologne as well as free monthly visits to the copious Cologne museums, the free-time possibilities are almost infinite. And if you’re looking for action at a late hour, Cologne’s nightlife will certainly not be disappointing. Whether in bars or clubs, at large student parties or in a small group: in Cologne, no one has to go to bed early…
Cologne is home to the Dom (the cathedral here); just about everyone should know that. And anyone who has visited the city before also knows that Cologne is situated on the Rhine River with long-stretching riverbanks and promenades, providing popular destinations for day trips. But Cologne offers a lot more than just the well-known tourist traps. As a metropolis with over one million inhabitants, Cologne still has surprises in store for long-time residents. The 86 districts of Cologne draw a colourful picture of the urban life with all its facets. But did you know that, besides the official districts, there are also “hot spots”, or so-called “Veedel”? We would like to acquaint you with the most important ones.
The western side of the Belgian Quarter borders the Cologne Ring. It owes its name to the numerous streets here, which are named after Belgian cities and provinces. The most important starting point is Brussels Square (Brüsseler Platz), which is centrally located in the Veedel. With a small beer garden in its centre, the square entices you to linger around, especially during the warm summer months, when hanging out in the shade of the adjoining church, “St. Michael” is particularly inviting. But CBS students are not the only ones who enjoy meeting here for a cool drink. Young people from all over Cologne can be found here until late in the evening.
Boutiques, theatres, galleries, bars and cafes – one after another – adorn the streets leading up to Brussels Square. Coupled with the unique flair of the beautiful, old buildings, a very special picture is created, which everyone in Cologne takes in sooner or later. Last but not least: Pricey as it may be, the Belgian Quarter offers very beautiful living space.
North of Cologne’s city centre, the Agnes Quarter stretches between the main railway station and the Zoobrücke. This Veedel is one of the classiest residential areas in Cologne. In parts of this district, there are still plenty of old buildings, which have been extensively renovated, resulting in a very picturesque street scenery. Apart from that, the Agnes Quarter also offers affordable rental housing, which makes the district attractive for students.
The name, Agnes Quarter is derived from the church, “St. Agnes “, which was built here in the beginning of the 19th century. It is the geographical centre of the Veedel and can be seen from almost everywhere. What hardly anyone knows: St. Agnes is the second largest church in Cologne after the Dom. But at 62 meters high, it still lags almost 100 meters behind the towering beacon of Cologne.
For those looking for a truly “Kölschen” Veedel, sooner or later you will inevitably find yourself in the Eigelstein. Originally, the Eigelstein was only a street in the Altstadt-Nord district, but it has now also come to refer to the surrounding area as well by the Cologne locals. The most important event in the Eigelstein is contemporaneously the oldest street festival in Cologne. But it is not only during the street festival here in the district’s numerous breweries and traditional pubs that you will run into the typical, cheerful Rhenish souls, for which Cologne is so famous. Stavenhof (Stölverhoff in Cologne dialect), a road leading from Eigelstein, was infamous in the 1960s as a red light district. To sum it up perfectly, “Am Eigelstein es Musik” – or so it goes according to a famous Karneval song by the Cologne band, “De Räuber”.
For those who diligently study by day, there is an inherent need for balance at night. Many find solace over a cool Kölsch with friends. But where do students meet in Cologne? On the Zülpicher Straße, of course. The street forms the epicentre of the notorious “Kwartier Lateng” – the Cologne student district par excellence. Because here, there is one bar after another and in between are numerous restaurants, fast food places and – as is common in Cologne – the occasional “Büdche”: The ideal destination for an evening with friends and fellow students.
But where does this Veedel’s name actually come from? From Paris. The student quarter there is called, “Quartier Latin”. In the typical Kölsch pronunciation, this became “Kwartier Lateng”.
Cologne’s city centre offers a wide range of different shopping opportunities for shopping enthusiasts. Not for nothing is the famous “Schildergasse”, which leads from Neumarkt in the direction of the Rhine, Germany’s most frequented shopping street. Directly thereafter, the Hohe Straße (High Street) leads to the railway station – and is also tightly lined with shops of well-known brands.
Additionally, the Ehrenstraße, Breite Strasse and the numerous side streets invite pedestrians to window shop as well. But these are just the tip of the iceberg; there are also countless boutiques and shops nestled in the city’s outer districts. So if shopping is how you choose to compensate everyday lecture stress, you have come to the right place in Cologne.