Category Archives: Cologne

UNESCO new World Heritage Site in Stuttgart for Le Corbusier houses

Germany gains 41st UNESCO World Heritage Site

On July 17, 2016, the two Le Corbusier houses at the Weissenhof Estate in the Southern German city of Stuttgart were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, making it the first World Heritage Site for Stuttgart and the 41st for Germany.
As part of a transnational joint application, Stuttgart and destinations in seven other countries applied to have 17 of Le Corbusier’s buildings listed due to the architect’s outstanding contribution to Modernism. The two Stuttgart houses are the architect’s only buildings in Germany and include the Weissenhof Museum, which illustrates the radical change in architecture around the time of the Second World War as well as Le Corbusier’s visionary thinking.
Germany’s other 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites include the majestic Cologne Cathedral, the expansive Wadden Sea habitat, Classical Weimar and Regensburg’s charming Old Town. They can be explored on eight different themed routes<>, from natural wonders to architecture to palaces and parks.
For more information about Germany’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, visit

Cologne Cathedral in number 1!

Cologne Cathedral is number 1

COLOGNE. Cologne Cathedral is still Germany’s most popular tourist attraction. This has been the case for many years, and the result for 2010 was confirmed by a recent online survey of 1600 Internet users carried out by the German Tourism Association (DTV) and the city Internet portal,
Compared to 2009, the cathedral has actually grown in popularity: In 2009 it received 8% of votes, whereas in 2010, 15% of those surveyed gave their vote to the Cologne landmark.
The Dresden Frauenkirche church came in second with 7.1%, followed by the Brandenburg Gate in third place with 6.6% of votes.

Some 90% of participants have already visited their favourite attraction.
Not only is Cologne Cathedral a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular landmark in Germany, it is also the most visited attraction in Germany, with more than 6.5 million visitors each year. The cathedral treasury can be pleased with its performance too, having sold over 100,000 tickets in 2010.

In light of this success, it is quite fitting that the gothic cathedral will enjoy a special honour in 2011: Its image will adorn the back of 30 million 2-euro coins. The coins will be in circulation from 28 January.

Cologne, 17 January 2011

THE MIGHTY ARROW, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

The Mighty Arrow, Soca King of the World, dies at 60.

OLVESTON, Montserrat (Sept 15, 2010) – The Soca King of the World, Alphonsus “The Mighty Arrow” Cassell, died at his residence on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat today at the age of 60. 

The international recording artiste was diagnosed with cerebral cancer in early 2009. He was airlifted to the neighbouring island of Antigua last week for treatment. 

His family wishes to thank the medical teams, friends and family who gave their support during the period of his illness. 

Arrow or “Phonzie”, as he was referred to by close friends and family, is responsible for taking the soca genre to the international music scene with his 1982 smash hit, Hot, Hot, Hot. 

Having won the local calypso competition on four occasions, the talents of the proud son of Montserrat were spotted by former Beatles manager, Sir George Martin, who  worked with Arrow to turn his focus to his recording and touring career. 
Arrow recorded no less than 22 studio albums with other notable hits including Long Time, Dancing Mood, O’La Soca and Groove Master. 
He has performed at concerts, music festivals and gala events across the globe. 
“His death is a great loss to the family, his native land of Montserrat and the music world,” said his brother, Justin “Hero” Cassell, another talented vocalist and songwriter, who worked with Arrow during his peak years. 
Funeral announcements will be made in due course.  
—For further information contact Justin “Hero” Cassell at (664) 496-0203. 

Cologne is a feeling. News from Germany. March 2010 issue

 March 2010

Cologne is a feeling.
Dear partners and friends of Cologne,

Soon after the International Tourism Trade Fair (ITB) – one of the highlights of the marketing year for those in the tourism industry – we are able to report very encouraging feedback: good visitor numbers at the stands, interesting discussions, important stimuli for encouraging confidence.

The Cologne Tourist Board has come up with some new offers and also has an up-to-date online presence. In particular, the packages for the “DSDS” shows have proved very popular.

Once more, Cologne – City of Art – is presenting itself as a rewarding travel destination: with the Art Cologne exhibition and several other exciting, top-class exhibitions, art lovers will find a diverse and extraordinary range of events on offer.

We look forward to the spring and to new visitors.

Kind regards
Josef Sommer

Cologne 2010 – Media City and Sport Hot Spot

A few days ago the ITB (International Tourism Trade Fair) ended in Berlin, at which the Cologne Tourist Board, along with the neighbouring cities of Bonn and Düsseldorf, showcased the strengths of the cathedral city and the Rhine region to an international professional audience. The tourism specialists used their new offers to promote Cologne as a media city.  
Art Cologne

For the 44th time Art Cologne, Germany’s most important art fair, will again invite art lovers from around the world to Cologne from 21 – 25 April 2010.
In hall 11 of the Cologne Exhibition Centre around 180 international galleries will present classical modern art, post-war art and contemporary art. The Vernissage is on 20 April 2010, 17.00 – 21.00.  
New Art and Design Hotel in the Rheinauhafen Area

A new hotel is the talk of Cologne: the art’otel, belonging to the Park Plaza hotel group, opened in the middle of March in the Rheinauhafen area of the city and is winning fans with its original artworks by the Korean artist SEO. Colourful, large-scale pictures adorn the whole hotel, which offers 218 rooms, a health spa and six conference rooms.
Visit Cologne for Art

Three important exhibitions make a visit to Cologne worthwhile: You can marvel at top quality Meissen porcelain in the Museum of Applied Art; the Romano-Germanic Museum has the latest archaeological finds from North Rhine-Westphalia on show; and holy monastery and temple treasures from the Himalayan country of Bhutan are on display in the Museum of East Asian Art.
IGLTA Gold Member

Since the start of 2010, KölnTourismus GmbH has been a member of the IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association). This leading global organisation which unites and supports the gay and lesbian travel industry, headquartered in the USA, is a key player in the preparations for the VIII Gay Games Cologne 2010, which will take place in Cologne between 31 July 2010 and 7 August 2010.
Social Media – Become a Cologne Fan!

In order to offer potential visitors to Cologne an even better service, the Cologne Tourist Board has further expanded its online activities. Social media and Web 2.0 elements, such as Facebook, Twitter and social bookmarks, will be used to implement continuous online interaction with the customer.
FORUM KölnTourismus is a monthly service of Cologne Tourist Board.

KölnTourismus GmbH, CEO: Josef Sommer,
Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1,
50667 Köln, Germany, Tel.:  +49 (0)221-221 30 400  +49 (0)221-221 30 400


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