Be inspired: images of your NRW
The overdimensioned neon sign indicates a scruffy dive but leads the way to one of the city's hottest electro and live clubs.
This is how it's supposed to be: Whoever enters Parallel with distinct ideas, leaves with a tote bag full of findings.
The "art house cinema among the clubs" is all about concept and substance and less about dress code.
Commonly known for tv-broadcasts and carnival festivities, the Sartory hosted artists like the Comedian Harmonists and AC/DC.
The Ruine used to be Cologne's first location for techno. Still today many illegal raves are being celebrated - mainly on the right side of the river.
One of Europe's most significant jazz clubs is a laboratory for exciting sounds between new music, jazz and classic.
The rough Sonic Ballroom duly gives room to cultivated noise.
The Live Music Hall manages the balancing act between pop and metal- party.
The old masonry with character in "Electro-culture-stile" unites electro and hip-hop sounds in the hot neighborhood of Ehrenfeld since 2012.
There was a time when low rent and abandoned industrial buildings drew the attention to wild minds who flourished this cultural biotope.
Ehrenfeld is all about the 44 meter high tower, even though there is nothing going on in this industrial monument.
Concerts, parties, flea markets, poetry slams, exhibitions or record exchanges. It's always worth checking the program.
With more than 400 events is the Stadtgarten one of the most vibrant cultural spaces in Cologne and the nucleus of the c/o Pop.
This basement-club is where the crucial encounter between Wolfgang Niedecken and Klaus "Major" Heuser took place. The outcome: BAP.
Kompakt - as a label, booking agency and record store - is the epitome of the "Sound of Cologne".
While currently closed, the Hallmackenreuther used to provide for the perfect intro into a long night.
Party stronghold and meeting point of the Bohème: All around the Brussels Square is where the "Sound of Cologne" emerged in the beginning of the 1990s.
Cologne's biggest fridge: Long nights with handsome bartenders, electronic music and a light green woodruff schnaps called Flimm.
Lots of vinyl, unusually good sounds and the utopia of a classless society.
In the midst of roaring engines, student clubs, part-time celebrities and memories of the city's first techno club.
This is where the party mood of the LGBTQ- community collides with the "Kölner" pleasure in singing, dancing and swaying.
Legend has it that Joe Cocker got rejected at the door, Whitney Houston turned up incognito and the Pogues required 20 crates of beer backstage.