Must-see entertainment in Cologne & Northern Rhineland

  • Borussia Dortmund


    Dortmund’s famous and massively popular and succesful Bundesliga soccer team plays its home games at the legendary Westfalenstadion, now branded as Signal…

  • Hot Jazz Club


    A fine reason to head out to the Hafen, this subterranean bar keeps it real with live music of nearly all stripes – despite the name. Many concerts are…

  • Tonhalle


    As a former planetarium the Tonhalle has always trained the spotlight on the stars. Today it’s the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra and the heavyweights of…

  • Kölner Philharmonie


    The Kölner Philharmonie is a grand modern concert hall that presents a wide range of aural treats, from classical to jazz and chansons. It's also the home…

  • Stadtgarten


    For more than 30 years, this well-respected venue has treated music fans to up to 400 concerts a year – mostly jazz, but also folk, indie and pop – on…

  • Em Pöötzke


    Reopened in 2015 by saxophonist Peter van der Heusen, this narrow Altstadt burrow presents live and recorded jazz and related sounds every night that it's…

  • Roncalli’s Apollo Varieté


    No German language skills are needed to enjoy the enchanting line-up of acrobats, comedians, magicians, artistes and other variety acts performing under…

  • Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld


    An institution in Cologne's alternative scene, this club in the hip cross-cultural Ehrenfeld borough has programming as eclectic as the crowd. Depending…

  • Gebäude 9


    Although a bit dated and grungy, this ex-factory remains an essential concert venue in town with concerts covering the entire sound spectrum from indie…

  • Apollo Kino & Bar


    This cavernous basement joint does double duty as an art-house cinema and a sweaty dance club that draws mainly from Aachen's huge student population. DJs…

  • ZAKK


    This action-oriented non-profit cultural centre in an old factory has been around since 1977 and is still the go-to place for non-mainstream indie and…

  • Düsseldorfer Marionetten-Theater


    Generations of kids and adults have been enthralled by the adorable marionettes that sing, dance and act their way through beautifully orchestrated operas…

  • Deutsche Oper am Rhein


    Düsseldorf has an opera tradition going back to 1875. Its ensemble presents both opera and ballet here and in the sister venue in nearby Duisburg.

  • Kammermusiksaal


    This chamber music hall is part of the Beethoven House complex. Buy tickets online at

  • AK 47


    Like punk rock? Go here. Enough said.

  • Schauspiel Köln


    While its historical theatre on Offenbachplatz remains closed for extensive renovation until 2022, this dynamic ensemble presents its classical and…

  • Papa Joe’s Jazzlokal 'Em Streckstrump'


    Traditional jazz – Dixieland, New Orleans, Swing – riffs nightly in this museum-like place where the smoky brown walls are strewn with yesteryear’s…

  • Cuba


    At this performance venue and cultural centre, the schedule – featuring the likes of classical music, jazz, Afro beats or poetry slams – is like the…

  • Beethovenhalle


    Bonn's premier concert hall is closed for renovation until 2020.