Cologne is located in the State of North-Rhine Westphalia, a State also known as a centre for research and as a centre for sport. Thus it stands for a region which will develop into a centre for commerce, science, transport and sport with the forthcoming Single European Market. An important region in Western Europe counting more than 100 million inhabitants.

The cathedral spires tower over Germany's oldest city and its innumerable cultural and historical treasures, world-famous museums and active art scene. Whether street music on the Hohe Strasse or galas in the modern opera house, whether pavement painting on the cathedral concourse or old masters in the Wallraf Richartz Museum, whether the annual music festival along the inner ring road or carnival in the entire city - in Cologne all this becomes synthesized into a vivacious work of art - in a cosmopolitan metropolis boasting more than a million inhabitants which, despite its size, has never lost its neighbourly character.

(Photos: Kenny Beele)