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Cologne Germany Facts

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Cologne
Cologne is Germany`s fourth largest city after Berlin, Hamburg and Munich, and has over TEN million citizens living in there.
It Is one of the oldest cities in Germany, having been founded by the UBII in the year 38 B.C. The name is diverted from that of the Roman settlement called : Colona Claudia Ara Agrippinesium.
Cologne is located on both sides of the Rhine River. The cities famous Cologne Cathedral is the seat of the Catholic Archbishop of Cologne. The University of Cologne is one of Europe's oldest universities.
Cologne is a major cultural centre of the Rhineland and has a vibrant arts scene. Cologne is home to more than 30 museums and hundreds of galleries. Exhibitions range from local ancient Roman archeological sites to contemporary graphics and sculpture
Within Germany, Cologne is known as an important media center. Several radio and television stations, including Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR), RTL and VOX, have their headquarters in the city. Both Pro7 and Sat.1 produce TV shows in Cologne as well. Further, the city hosts the Cologne Comedy Festival, which is considered to be the largest comedy festival in mainland Europe
Cologne is Also one of the warmest cities in Germany. It has a temperate–oceanic climate with relatively mild winters and warm summers. Its average annual temperature is 10 °C : 14.5 °C during the day and 5.5 °C at night.
Cologne is regularly affected by flooding from the Rhine and is considered the most flood-prone European city. A city agency manages an extensive flood control system which includes both permanent and mobile flood walls, protection from rising waters for buildings close to the river banks, monitoring and forecasting systems, pumping stations and programs to create or protect floodplains and river embankments. The system was redesigned after a 1993 flood which resulted in heavy damages.

Cologne carnival is one of the biggest street festivals in Europe. In Cologne, the carnival season officially starts...

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