Cologne is at the very heart of the Rhine-Ruhr metropolitan region – Germany’s largest region and one of Europe’s more important cultural, historical and economical areas. Since the Middle Ages, when Cologne became a major trade route, it has been a hive of activity and advancement, driven by the powerful Rhine which splits the city in half.
Straddling the mighty river, Cologne can date its history back to 38 BC with the first recorded settlement on the site inhabited by the Ubii, a Cisrhenian Germanic tribe. The Romans then moved in and founded Colonia in 50 AD, which set the foundations for modern day Cologne. As Cologne secured its financial security as a major trade route in the Middle Ages, it also became an important religious centre and pilgrimage route.
The two thousand years of history have blessed Cologne with a wonderful tapestry of architectural and cultural delights. The proud Cologne nationals continue the city’s traditions – helping protect the authentic spirit of the Rhine.