It feels a little strange to be bringing out a guide to Cologne in a year like 2020. As we are finishing up this year's edition of »Hidden Cologne«, in November 2020, the number of corona virus cases is rising and the city has gone into lockdown. However, Cologne seems to have got off relatively lightly so far and the people here have weathered the storm well and showed great solidarity, with many locals helping out their neighbours, donating money and practising caution to protect others.
But if you’re visiting this website, then there’s a good chance that not even a global pandemic could stop you from making your way to Cologne – whether you’ve moved here for love, are starting a new job or just enjoying a short city trip. The Cologne that we want to present to you in this issue of Hidden Cologne is different from the one you might know from the postcards. A Cologne where artists are experimenting with new forms of urban planning, where a young generation of techno producers is working on new soundscapes and where indie game developers are winning awards for their multifaceted games. This is the Cologne we love to call home. And we hope that our beloved city makes it safely through the pandemic in the coming months.
Wishing you a warm welcome. Stay healthy!
The Hidden Cologne team