Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld, © Ole Löding

Prox­im­ity Search through Co­logne

So much pop in Co­logne

You’re out and about in Cologne and no matter where you’re going you’re feeling somewhat funky? That’s the best time to turn on the impro-mode to pay a visit to all the music spots around you. There are 40 potential pilgrimage sites in total, ranging from record stores to clubs and to the location of the first actual punk concert in a school in the South of Cologne.

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The streetview of Lukastraße, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


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.

The Stadtgarten ("City garden"), © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Stadtgarten/Stu­dio 672

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.

Street view of a-Musik, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


This small, finely sor­ted store of­fers a se­lec­ted vari­ety of elec­tron­ic spe­cial­ties.

Severinstorburg Chlodwigplatz Cologne, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


The Chlod­wig­platz is much more than the tour­ist­ic old town, the heart of Co­logne - for artists it is aka the "hub of the world".

The streetview of the Loft entrance, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


One of Europe's most sig­ni­fic­ant jazz clubs is a labor­at­ory for ex­cit­ing sounds between new mu­sic, jazz and clas­sic.

The courtyard at Gebäude 9, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Ge­bäude 9

The crème de la crème of na­tion­al and in­ter­na­tion­al In­die Rock per­forms its full to burst­ing, sweaty club gigs here.

Entrance gate of Heinz Gaul, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Heinz Gaul

The old ma­sonry with char­ac­ter in "Elec­tro-cul­ture-stile" unites elec­tro and hip-hop sounds in the hot neigh­bor­hood of Ehren­feld since 2012.

Front of Hallmackenreuther, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


While cur­rently closed, the Hall­mack­en­reuth­er used to provide for the per­fect in­tro in­to a long night.

The Tsunami Club with its window front, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Tsunami Club

The "art house cinema among the clubs" is all about concept and sub­stance and less about dress code.

Simply Red Live at the Sporthalle (1990er), © Musikarchiv NRW


Every­one per­formed here: the Rolling Stones four times, Frank Zappa, Johnny Cash twice, Dav­id Bowie, Queen four times, Prince and De­peche Mode.

The entrance sign at Gloria, © Ole Löding


Fluffy walls, ex­cep­tion­al sound, good sight and an ex­uber­ant at­mo­sphere make the Glor­ia in the city cen­ter of Co­logne to a won­der­ful ven­ue.

Insight into the courtyard of Live Music Hall, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Live Mu­sic Hall

The Live Mu­sic Hall man­ages the bal­an­cing act between pop and met­al- party.

The KHM at night, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Kun­sthoch­schule für Medi­en

The KHM is an ex­per­i­ment­al ground for art, sound, film and pho­to­graphy.

The entrance of King Georg, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

King Georg

The over­di­men­sioned neon sign in­dic­ates a scruffy dive but leads the way to one of the city's hot­test elec­tro and live clubs.

The so called Bermuda triangle at Schaafenstraße, © Andreas Möltgen


This is where the party mood of the LGB­TQ- com­munity col­lides with the "Köl­ner" pleas­ure in singing, dan­cing and sway­ing.

The stage at Odonien, © Ole Löding


A won­der­land of sculp­tures with a rusty steel di­no­saur, ex­traordin­ary parties and an apo­ca­lyptic mood.

The Luxor in Cologne., © Copyright für "Luxor"


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.

The Helios light house in Cologne, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

He­lios Leucht­turm

Ehren­feld is all about the 44 meter high tower, even though there is noth­ing go­ing on in this in­dus­tri­al monu­ment.

The house wall of Kompakt, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


Kom­pakt - as a la­bel, book­ing agency and re­cord store - is the epi­tome of the "Sound of Co­logne".

The entrance to Six Pack, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Six Pack

Co­logne's biggest fridge: Long nights with hand­some bar­tenders, elec­tron­ic mu­sic and a light green wood­ruff schnaps called Flimm.

Follow the signs to the Bootshaus, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


Elec­tro, house and trap coined the club with high-end sound on three floors and a world­wide repu­ta­tion.

Busy Hohenzollernring, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

The Rings

In the midst of roar­ing en­gines, stu­dent clubs, part-time celebrit­ies and memor­ies of the city's first techno club.

The Subway building, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


Everything re­mains dif­fer­ent: from jazz club to hip-hop and elec­tron­ic mu­sic and - on a nightly basis - back again.

An insight into the Musikarchiv, © Musikarchiv NRW


Open­ing hours on the off chance: The archive with more than 150,000 single pieces is mu­seum and re­search space alike.

The sign at Metronom, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


This bar ex­ists since 1968 and has nev­er seen di­git­al mu­sic re­pro­duc­tion - and prob­ably no renov­a­tion either.

The streetview of the (former) Basement, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


This base­ment-club is where the cru­cial en­counter between Wolfgang Nie­deck­en and Klaus "Ma­jor" Heuser took place. The out­come: BAP.

The streetview towards the Sonic Ballroom, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Son­ic Ball­room

The rough Son­ic Ball­room duly gives room to cul­tiv­ated noise.

The Underground before it was torn down, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


There was a time when low rent and aban­doned in­dus­tri­al build­ings drew the at­ten­tion to wild minds who flour­ished this cul­tur­al bi­otope.

The streetview of Parallel Records, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Par­al­lel Re­cords

This is how it's sup­posed to be: Who­ever enters Par­al­lel with dis­tinct ideas, leaves with a tote bag full of find­ings.

The shop window of Underdog Record Store, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Un­der­dog Re­cord Store

Vinyl fans will re­ceive com­pet­ent and opin­ion­ated ad­vice at the Un­der­dog when it comes to In­die, Punk and Hard­core ques­tions.

The view of CBE from the street, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Club Bahnhof Ehren­feld

Con­certs, parties, flea mar­kets, po­etry slams, ex­hib­i­tions or re­cord ex­changes. It's al­ways worth check­ing the pro­gram.