Parks & Gardens
Cologne is a »green« city. For each of its total of over one million inhabitants, it has 75 square metres of municipal parks or gardens, even close to the city centre: the Rheingarten in front of the Old Town, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring, Theodor-Heuss-Ring, Volksgarten, Blücherpark, Römerpark can be reached by most people in Cologne and visitors in just a couple of minutes.
Cable-car or boat make the trip to the Rheinpark alongside Koelnmesse into a special experience. The thermal baths, chair-lift and Tanzbrunnen invite you to linger a while at the site of the first Federal Garden Show.
All around the zoo
Diagonally across the Rhine is the Zoo: with almost 7,000 animals it is regarded as one of the best-kept zoos in Germany. Particularly worth seeing are the new Elephant Park, the Ape House designed specifically to satisfy the animals' needs and the aquarium.
Anyone who prefers to see works of art by contemporary artists in a natural setting, will walk a little further to the Sculpture Park opened in 1997. It was initiated by the well-known collectors, the Stoffel family, and in its 25,000 square metres it displays around 30 works selected with an outstanding appreciation of art, each of which will remain in this park for two years, documenting the diversity of international sculpture.
Green in and around the city
In the West of the city, the outer green belt extends for over 12 kilometres, with its old trees, endless walking and cycling paths, playgrounds and lawns for sunbathing, artistically designed ponds and canals and the large stadium.
In the North, the Fühlinger See (lake) provides ample opportunities for water sports and bathing. The 2.000 metre regatta course is the venue of numerous championships, including the World Rowing Championships.