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.

Urban art at Brüsseler Platz, © Timo Klein

Brussels Square

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Kunsthochschule für Medien

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

The neon light of Roxy, © Ole Löding


Lots of vinyl, unusually good sounds and the utopia of a classless society.

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.

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 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 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 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.

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 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.

Front of Hallmackenreuther, © Tourismus NRW e.V.


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

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.

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 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.

Entrance and sign of as/if RecordStoreCafé, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

as/f RecordStoreCafé

A tasty blend of a café and a well sorted record store.

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.

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 building of former Lovers Club, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

(Former) Lovers Club / (Former) Rave-Club

This is where high-society, hippies and characters of the demimonde met.

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 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.