the erstwhile federal capital with a number of museums, cultural institutions and corporate headquarters, and a charming old town where Beethoven was born
a leisurely town between Cologne and Bonn, home to UNESCO-listed palaces and a major amusement park
the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia
the end of the Middle Rhine Valley
a hilly summer resort on the Rhine, with a hotel made famous as a residence for the federal government's guests
a new town that boomed in the 19th century around chemical works, now also famous for its football team
a town between Siegburg and Bonn, with an unusual castle
the seat of the county covering most of the lowland, famous for its ceramic beer pitchers, with a handy high-speed railway station serving Bonn
While named and centered around Cologne, the region is far more than just the city and its suburbs, with many interesting destinations outside of it, particularly Bonn. Densely populated and urbanized, it is however much less industrialized than Lower Rhine and Ruhr, as well as very green. It provides a nice, relaxed counterbalance to those, and serves as the state's hub for cultural events.
Continually inhabited since ancient Roman times, the region has a rich history, a wealth of monuments of which can be found all over. Furthermore, an exceptional number of museums present the region's history as well, and far beyond that, a startling variety of subjects with world-class exhibits.