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The district borders with the Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide) districts of Chorweiler to the North, Mülheim to the East, Innenstadt to the South and Ehrenfeld to the South-West.
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Carnival in Cologne
Cologne carnival is one of the biggest street festivals in Europe. In Cologne (Cologne vacation rentals | Cologne travel guide), the carnival season officially starts on 11 November at 11 minutes past 11 a.m. with the proclamation of the new Carnival Season, and continues until Ash Wednesday. But the so-called "Tolle Tage" (mad days) don't start until Weiberfastnacht (Women's Carnival) or, in dialect, Wieverfastelovend (Thursday before Ash Wednesday), which is the beginning of the street carnival. Hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to Cologne during this time. Generally, around a million people are celebrating in the streets on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday.
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The center of Cologne was completely destroyed during World War II. The reconstruction of the city followed the style of the 1950s, while respecting the old layout and naming of the streets. Thus, the city today is characterized by simple and modest post-war buildings, with few interspersed pre-war buildings which were reconstructed due to their historical importance. Some buildings of the "Wiederaufbauzeit" (era of reconstruction), for example the opera house by Wilhelm Riphahn, are nowadays regarded as classics in modern architecture. Nevertheless, the uncompromising style of the opera house and other modern buildings has remained controversial.
- Cologne Cathedral (German: Kölner Dom) is the city's famous landmark and unofficial symbol. It is a Gothic church, started in 1248, and completed in 1880. In 1996, it was designated a World Heritage site; it houses the Shrine of the Three Holy Kings that supposedly contains the relics of the Three Magi. Residents of Cologne sometimes refer to the cathedral as "the eternal construction site" (Dauerbaustelle).
- Twelve Romanesque Churches: These buildings are outstanding examples of medieval sacral architecture. The roots of some of the churches date back as far as Roman times, like St. Gereon, which originally was a chapel on a Roman graveyard. With the exception of St. Maria Lyskirchen all of these churches were very badly damaged during World War II. Reconstruction was only finished in the 1990s.
- Cologne University, with approx. 44,000 students as of 2005, is the largest university in Germany.
- Farina Fragrance museum, the birthplace of Eau de Cologne.
- Römisch-Germanisches Museum (English: Roman-Germanic Museum) for ancient Roman and Germanic culture.
- Wallraf-Richartz Museum for medieval art.
- Museum Ludwig for modern art.
- EL-DE Haus, the former local headquarters of the Gestapo houses a museum documenting the Nazi rule in Cologne with a special focus on the persecution of political dissenters and minorities.
- Kölner Philharmonie - the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra Building housing both the Gürzenich Orchestra and the WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne.
- RheinEnergieStadion, the major Cologne stadium, primarily used for soccer games, seating 50,997 visitors in national games and 46,134 in international games, home to the local first division (Bundesliga) team, 1.FC Köln.
- Lanxess Arena (formerly known as Kölnarena), a multifunctional event hall, home to the local hockey team, the Kölner Haie (English: Cologne Sharks).
- Kölnturm (English: Cologne Tower), Cologne's second tallest building at 165.48 metres (542.91 ft) in height, second only to the Colonius (266 m/873 ft).
- Colonius - a telecommunication tower with an observation deck (closed since 1992).
- Colonia Hochhaus - Germany's tallest residential building.
- Köln Triangle Tower - opposite the cathedral with a 103 m (338 ft) high viewing platform - in contrast to the cathedral with an elevator and a view with the cathedral over the Rhine.
- Hansa Hochhaus - designed by architect Jakob Koerfer and completed in 1925, it was at one time Europe's tallest office building.
- Rheinseilbahn - an aerial tramway crossing the Rhine.
- Messe Köln (English: Cologne Fair). Exhibition area of 100,000 m2 (1,076,000 sq ft).
- Messeturm Köln (English: Exhibition Tower Cologne).
- Hohe Strasse (English: High Street) is one of the main shopping areas and extends past the cathedral in an approximately southerly direction. This street is particularly popular with tourists and contains many gift shops, clothing stores, fast food restaurants and electronic goods dealers.
- Ford Motor Company plants, assembling the Ford Fiesta and Ford Fusion as well as manufacturing engines and parts; headquarters for Ford of Europe.
- The Panasonic Toyota Racing Formula One team has its factory in the city.
- Schildergasse - extends the shopping area of Hohe Strasse to the west ending at Neumarkt.
- Ehrenstrasse - the shopping area around Apostelnstrasse, Ehrenstrasse, and Rudolfplatz is a little more on the eccentric and stylish side.
- Historic Ringe boulevards (such as Hohenzollernring, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Ring, Hansaring) with their medieval city gates (such as Hahnentorburg on Rudolfplatz) are also known for their night life.
- German Sports & Olympic Museum, with exhibitions about sports from antiquity until the present.
- Chocolatemuseum officially called Imhoff-Schokoladenmuseum.
- JavaMuseum - Forum for Internet Technology in Contemporary Art - collections of Internet based art.
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[ source: wikipedia ]
Nippes (German: Köln-Nippes) is the Fifth city district (Stadtbezirk) of Cologne, Germany. In Niehl, the North-eastern part of the district lies the large Ford Europe production plant.
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