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Cologne - shopping paradise and city of art


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The Hohe Strasse and the Schildergasse are the two most famous shopping streets in Cologne. The Hohe Strasse is centrally located right by the cathedral. It has been a pedestrian’s only shopping street since 1967. It was the first one of its kind in Germany. The Hohe Strasse has a deep historical background. It already existed during the times of the Romans, as it was part of the connections from Rome to Xanten. Today, you’ll find many shops offering clothing, shoes, jewelry and much more.


Schildergasse is another famous shopping street, ending at the Neumarkt. Once at the Neumarkt, turn right and you’ll find even more shops in the Zeppelinstrasse.  Zepellinstrasse is famous for its high-end designer stores and its huge variety of women’s clothing stores. 


Next stop for shopaholics: The Neumarkt Galerie, a huge modern shopping mall. The Neumarkt Galerie is the largest and perhaps the most beautiful shopping center in the center of Cologne. A highlight of the building is a more than 10 meter tall artwork: an upside down ice cream cone ("Dropped Cone") produced by the American artists Oldenburg and van Brugge. The interior offers a pleasant and friendly shopping environment. In the middle of the Neumarkt Galerie you’ll find the Forum, a round lighting unit under a large glass copula. The building also has several restaurants, bistros and cafés, where you can take a break from shopping.

Colonaden Hauptbahnhof Köln is another famous shopping destination, not only for tourists but also for locals. O over 70 stores are located in the shopping center with train connections. Here you can get your last minute souvenirs before leaving the city.  The Markthalle (bazaar), houses a number of cafés, bakeries, supermarkets, bistros and small restaurants where you can enjoy anything from domestic Würstchen and Frikadellen (sausages) to fish, pizza, or Tandoori chicken. Here you find everything you wish for in one location—and you can shop conveniently between 8 am and 10 pm every day!

Cologne is also known as a city of art. Art fairs are held yearly in the Kölner fair halls. The Kunst Messe Köln (Art Fair Cologne), the Kunstköln and the Antiquitätenmesse (Antique Fair) are annual events. Approximately 300 international exhibitors offer goods from antique and modern times. You can also find craft works and furniture, art from the old masters and paintings from the 19th century, editions of Art Brut and photographs. The fair offers free guides and is open to everyone.

Art Cologne is also held annually, starting at the end of October or at the beginning of November. With 260 international galleries and 70,000 visitors, it’s the most important of the modern art fairs in Germany. The fair gives an overview of the art of the 20th and 21st century.