Living in Cologne
Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and the largest city in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located between North Rhine-Westphalia's capital Düsseldorf and the former German capital Bonn, near Germany's borders with Belgium and the Netherlands.
The city is split by the river Rhine and was founded by the romans in the first century AD. Cologne is home to numerous universities and hosts about 100,000 students. The University of Cologne was founded in 1388 and has grown to one of the largest universities in Germany. In addition to its universities and colleges, a number of research instututes are located in Cologne, including four Max Planck Institutes and the German Aerospace Centre.
Cologne is very well-connected with the rest of the world. You can use a public transit network of busses, trams, metro (subway) and local trains to reach Cologne Central Station or the Cologne Bonn Airport and set off to (inter)national destinations. You can, however, have the international feeling in Cologne already as more than one third of the city's inhabitants have a migrant background.