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Cologne is located in the western part of Germany , by the river Rhine and is the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia.The city has about 1 million inhabitants (2008) – and it is estimated the suburbs, the population is increasing to 1.8 million.
Cologne has one of Germany’s most important inland ports, and is also the economic, cultural and historic center in the Rhineland.
One of the most visited tourist attractions in the town – Cologne Cathedral – which was started in 1248 and was completed in 1880. Cologne Cathedral is the largest Gothic church in northern Europe, and is 157 meters high. The building is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cologne has 30 museums, including The Roman-Germanic Museum with its archaeological heritage, which shows the city’s role as an important trading port in the Roman Empire.
Other famous museums and tourist attractions in Cologne is the 148 meter high skyscraper “KölnTurm”, Gross St. Martin church from the 1200s, the City Hall from 1569 in Renaissance style, the Ludwig Museum (art museum with an exhibition of contemporary art and pop art), The Cultural History Museum, Photography Museum, City Museum – and the Wallraf-Richartz Museum, an art museum with exhibits of paintings, sculptures and graphics from the Middle Ages to the present day.
The city’s international airport – Cologne / Bonn Airport – located 16 miles southeast of downtown.