Cologne is the fourth-largest city in Germany. It is located on both sides of the Rhine River, less than eighty kilometres from Belgium. The city’s famous Cologne Cathedral (Kölner Dom) is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne.
Cologne is a major cultural centre for the Rhineland; it hosts more than thirty museums and hundreds of galleries. And this year’s first Electronic Beats Festival, too.
About 18km southeast of the city centre, Cologne-Bonn Airport (CGN) has direct flights to 130 cities and is served by numerous airlines, with destinations across Europe.
The S13 train connects the airport and the Hauptbahnhof every 20 minutes (€2.80, 15 minutes). Taxis charge about €30.
Bus & Train
Eurolines runs buses in all directions, including Paris (7½ hours) and Amsterdam (5¼ hours). The central bus station is on Breslauer Platz, behind the Hauptbahnhof. Cologne’s Hauptbahnhof sits just an incense waft away from the landmark Dom. Services are fast and frequent in all directions. In addition there are fast Thalys and ICE trains to Brussels (where you can connect to the Eurostar for London) and Paris.
Getting around in Cologne is easy, too. When in need of a cab dial +49 221 2882 or +49 221 194 10. Cologne’s local transport offers a comprehensive mix of buses, trams, and U-Bahn and S-Bahn trains.
Buy your tickets from the machines at stations and aboard trams; be sure to validate them. Head here for a full search for all means of transportation:
Car sharing is common in Cologne, and in order to make navigating the festival even easier, we teamed up with DriveNow, one of the biggest German car share providers. Festival visitors will have the opportunity to register for the service without paying the standard fee of 29 Euros.
Look out for the DriveNow booth at Jack in the Box in Ehrenfeld, which hosts the Telekom Electronic Beats Exhibition. Registration is open from Friday, May 19 to Sunday, May 22, and there will be significantly more cars available around the main festival locations.