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Temporary housing in Cologne

Temporary accommodation in Cologne

Cologne is the largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia and the fourth largest city in Germany. The metropolis on the Rhine is particularly important in the media industry. The public-broadcasting service WDR as well as the private RTL Group, with channels such as VOX and n-tv, are all based in Cologne. Due to the good transport connections and geographic location, Cologne is also home to other large companies such as the Ford plants, the Rewe Group and the Axa Group. In addition, Cologne is a trade fair city and a frequent destination for business travel. In addition to accommodation in the hotel, furnished apartments are also available for temporary stays.

Furnished Apartments in Cologne

Furnished Apartments in Cologne

Staying in Cologne with your family

Staying in Cologne with your family

Popular neighbourhoods in Cologne

Cologne is colourful and diverse, as seen in each quarter, which are known here as “Veedel”. Every neighbourhood has its own unique charms and ways of life, and offers something different for everyone. Whether it’s the Belgian Quarter, Nippes, Ehrenfeld, Lindenthal, Cologne Mühlheim or Neustadt-Nord — there’s a place for everyone in Cologne.

Temporary accommodation in Cologne’s Belgian Quarter

The Belgian Quarter, close to the city centre, is considered to be Cologne’s trendiest quarter. It owes its name to the names of its streets, which were named after Belgian cities and provinces. Especially over the last few years, more and more creative and innovative minds have moved to the Belgian Quarter. This makes the “Veedel” today characterized by various small boutiques, cafes, bars, galleries and studios. The special flair of the Belgian Quarter are the beautiful facades of the houses. The architecture is mainly characterized by the buildings of the Wilhelminian era. Many have been extensively renovated over the past few years. An apartment in Cologne’s Belgian Quarter offers a variety of advantages. The productive environment is a true source of energy, many possibilities are right in the neighbourhood and it is not far from the inner city. This is especially true for singles and young couples in the Belgian Quarter.

Temporary housing in Cologne Nippes

Originally rural, industrialization led to many changes in Cologne Nippes, making it an important industrial location. This is still evident today from its numerous industrial areas. Around the the beginning of the 2000s, a new chapter began in Nippes. Old industrial sites, such as the Clouth area, have been extensively renovated and converted into high-quality apartments in recent years. Another project was the reuse of the repair works of the railroad as a residential district with an alternative urban planning concept. This settlement is almost completely without motor vehicle traffic. This is one reason why apartments in Cologne Nippes are in such high demand. The centre of Nippes forms Neusser Straße. Here local residents find many shopping possibilities, as well as gastronomic establishments. One highlight is the Kölsche traditional pub “Em Golde Kappes”. Cologne Nippes is the mixture of different cultures with typical Cologne traditions.

Temporary accommodation in Cologne Ehrenfeld

It’s all in the mix. This is truth of Cologne Ehrenfeld. Life in Ehrenfeld is varied and multicultural. This is mostly thanks to the its function as a guest worker settlement during the economic miracle in Germany, of which the district still benefits today. Ehrenfeld’s multicultural influence is especially visible on Venloer Strasse, the district’s main street offering a diverse selection of shops and restaurants. It’s not just people from various cultural background who are attracted to apartments in Cologne Ehrenfeld. Both students and creative people as well as families with children appreciate life in this neighbourhood. A lively cultural scene has thus formed. The architecture is also characterized by a skillful mix of different building periods. A striking building is the Hercules high-rise dating back to the 1970s. In addition, there are foundations, industrial buildings and typical houses from the 1950s and 1960s.

Temporary housing in Cologne Lindenthal

Cologne Lindenthal is not far west of the city centre. This district is particularly known for its green spaces and parks. This makes Lindenthal a particularly quiet place to live. The most famous area of Lindenthal is the Aachener Weiher (Aachen pond) and the adjoining park. This is especially used in summer as a recreation area. In Cologne, Lindenthal is also home to the University of Cologne, where the various institutes spread throughout the district. The campus of the University Hospital of Cologne is also located here. Apartments in Cologne Lindenthal are particularly popular because of the generous size of the buildings and the surrounding garden areas. The architecture predominantly dates from the 1930s, and is known for its clear lines and elegance. During this time, the reorganization of Lindenthal was decided. There were stately city villas and artificial canals, which strengthen the calmness and solidity that Cologne Lindenthal radiates. This contributes to the reputation of this district. Cologne Lindenthal is considered an upscale residential area, which is particularly popular with families.

Temporary Accommodation in Cologne Mülheim

Cologne Mülheim is located on the so-called “Schäl Sick”, that is to the right of the Rhine. In recent years, this part of the city has increasingly become an important business location for Cologne. This was Cologne Mülheim before: in the 1970s, Mülheim was an up-and-coming industrial location. As a result, many industrial buildings were built. However, when these factories had to close down in the 1980s and 1990s, the sites were left unused for a long time. Only the last years brought a change. After renovation and construction work, the former factory buildings are converted into office space. Large companies such as the Bastei-Lübbe-Verlag are now represented here. In addition, a large number of TV studios and television stations are based in Cologne Mülheim, and not just the traditional media industry of Cologne. There is a fair share of young, innovative companies in the media & IT industry here which is growing steadily. The Cologne theatre has also erected its venue here on an old factory site until its reopening at the main town in the city centre.

Temporary housing in Cologne Neustadt-Nord

The district of Cologne Neustadt-Nord is located in the centre of the city along the Rhine and is counted as an inner city district. Proximity to the historical centre of Cologne is not the only reason why this area so vibrant. The entire city is a media landscape, but Neustadt is the central hub of the industry. Mediapark is home to over 250 media and young companies (including Homelike) and offers more than 2000 jobs in one location. This location is particularly popular among young and up-and-coming companies. Mediapark was created on the old site of the Gereon station. Another highlight of the district is the oldest preserved green area in the city. The city park offers a variety of summer activities as well as exciting and varied cultural and leisure offerings all year round.

Living in Cologne

Public Transportation

Those who live in Cologne are often on-the-go. On average, the people of cologne take 3.8 trips around the city every day. This is a little higher than the german average. Around 21% of all inhabitants make use of public transportation (bus and trams of the KVB, S-Bahn and regional trains of the Deutsche Bahn) in Cologne daily. The possibilities for Park & Ride are also being expanded. Parking lots were built at the 30 most important traffic intersections in the city. These parking lots and their corresponding tram stations can be found on the network map of Cologne’s public transportation.

Bike and Car Sharing

Park & Ride is not only applicable to cars. With 150 stations, Cologne proves that this model is also suitable for cyclists. There, users can safely park their own bicycles or use a bike sharing bike for their route. Car sharing is also very popular in Cologne. Customers are offered a wide range of different suppliers.

National and international connections

Not just the local transport network is excellently developed in Cologne. Thanks to Cologne / Bonn airport, Cologne is also well-connected internationally. In addition, there are several train stations, with Cologne’s main railway station being one of the junctions of European long-distance transport, and the Kölner Ring as the ideal motorway connection to the A1, A3 and A4. You can download the KVB-Network Map here!

A wide range of sports

Cologne is not just a lively and vibrant metropolis. The city on the Rhine offers a variety of activities that will allow you to make the most of your leisure time in Cologne. For those who want to take a more sporty approach in their free time, the Fühlinger See is just the right place. The lake to the north of the city centre offers a wide range of leisure activities, and not just during summer. Even in the colder season, offers such as kayaking, rowing, kite surfing and more can be taken advantage of. The park also has a high-ropes course in nature. If you prefer to watch sports, the first FC Cologne and the Cologne Sharks are first-class sports clubs.

Explore the city

If you want to use your free time to explore Cologne, try a sightseeing tour! You can take am more traditional route with a bus tour or boat excursion, or see the city from a rickshaw or a Segway! Alternatively, you can visit the city on foot very well. In addition to the well-known old town in the inner city centre, Cologne has countless parks and green spaces. The Rheinpromenade invites you to take a walk.

Located right on the waterfront, you will find a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes where you can enjoy the day. Cologne has a distinct “Veedel” culture. Each quarter has its own flair and in each one you can discover numerous pubs, breweries and cafes. Especially popular is the “Kwatier Latäng” around the Zülpicher Straße, which is especially popular with students as a place to go out at night.

Culture in Cologne

Cologne’s landmark and world cultural heritage, the Cologne Cathedral, is the most popular attraction in Germany. In addition to a visit to the cathedral, the southern tower can be climbed and offers a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside. Also Cologne from the top can be enjoyed on the Cologne Triangle. Located in Deutz, you can see the whole city from the roof of the high-rise building. Also in Deutz is the Tanzbrunnen directly on the Rhine, where events take place all-year. To get to the other side of the Rhine, you can walk on foot through the striking Hohenzollern bridge, where numerous “Liebesschlösser,” or love locks, are attached.

Cologne has numerous museums, galleries and theatres. In addition to the famous Cologne Schauspielhaus and the opera house, there are several small private theatres. The annual Cologne theatre night offers the opportunity to get to know the different venues. As a counterpart, the Cologne Museum Night is equally exciting.

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Informative Websites

http://www.cologne.de/
Cologne.de is the official website of the city of Cologne and provides information about all facilities, public or major events, sights and news from the city.

http://www.koelnmesse.com/Koelnmesse/index-4.php
The Kölnmesse is an international company for trade fairs and resident in Cologne Deutz. The exhibition ground is directly accessible by the long-distance trains of the Deutsche Bahn, the urban railway or by car. It is the destination for numerous business trips toCologne.

https://www.koeln-bonn-airport.de/en.html
Koeln-bonn.airport.de is the official website of the Cologne / Bonn Airport. All landings and departures can be viewed here.

https://www.cologne-tourism.com
Cologne tourism lists all the information that travelers need to know about the Domstadt: accommodations, events, restaurants, transport links and map.

Useful Apps

Cologne Guide – Android and iPhone
Cologne Guide is an app provided by Cologne tourism board and provides information about places of interest, large events, and shopping possibilities in Cologne. In addition, there are a number of different dining options listed in the app.

KVB Mobile- Android and iPhone
The KVB is Cologne’s transportation service which operates the buses and trams within the city. This app shows connection information, also in live-time, and the possibility to purchase tickets via smartphone.

Taxi Ruf Köln – Android and iPhone
You’ll find information for over 800 Cologne-based taxi companies. With more than 1,100 cars and 141 stops, you can quickly book a taxi from anywhere in the city. Additionally, you can call via app or directly (0221-2882) to order a taxi.

Lieferando.de – Android and iPhone
Order the food you’re craving and have it delivered straight to your door! Delivery is available throughout the city.

 Registering an address in Cologne

General

Anyone who moves to Cologne, also as a second home, must register within two weeks at one of the residents’ registration offices in Cologne. Alternatively, this may also be done by an authorized person. Registration is free.

Deadlines

Anyone who moves to Cologne, also as a second home, must register within two weeks at one of the residents’ registration offices in Cologne. Alternatively, this may also be done by an authorized person. Registration is free.

Documents required for registration

  • German nationality: identity card or passport
  • Other nationalities: passport with residence permit or visa (requirements can vary by nationality. Please check with registration office)
  • Registering with a family: identification documents of all people who are to be admitted
  • For registration by an authorized person: Application form. You can get this at the customer centre or online (german only): Download Application Form
  • Declaration of secondary residence. You can get this online (german only): Download Application Form
  • Proof of residence from landlord

Second home tax

Please note, there is a second home tax to be paid in Cologne. The second home tax is 10 percent of the annual net rent and is levied by the tax office for tax purposes. If the second dwelling is inhabited by several persons, a tax is payable on the respective share. Exception is for people who come purely for professional reasons into the city and actually live with a spouse or life partner in an apartment in another municipality.

You will find detailed information on the second residence tax on the website of the city of Cologne (german only): Website of the City of Cologne. For further questions, please call the city’s service hotline 0221 / 221-21025.

Please note that we have compiled all the information with the utmost care, but cannot guarantee it is fully up-to-date due to changing legal regulations, especially for the information on registration formalities. If in doubt, please contact the city’s offices. Thank you.