Innenstadt, Cologne

Innenstadt (German: Köln-Innenstadt) is the central city district (Stadtbezirk) of the City of Cologne in Germany.

Rheingarten embankment; visible in the background are Cologne Cathedral (center left) and Groß St. Martin church (center)
Rheingarten embankment;
visible in the background are Cologne Cathedral (center left) and Groß St. Martin church (center)
Location of Innenstadt shown in red
Location of Innenstadt shown in red
Federal stateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
 • Total16.4 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
 (December 2019)
 • Total129,055
 • Density7,884/km2 (20,420/sq mi)
Heumarkt, square in Altstadt-Nord and Altstadt-Süd
Alter Markt, square in Altstadt-Nord
Früh brewery at Am Hof

The district was established with the last communal land reform in 1975, and comprises Cologne's historic old town (Altstadt), the Gründerzeit era new town (Neustadt) plus the right-Rhenish district of Deutz. The Innenstadt has about 129,000 inhabitants (as of December 2019) and covers an area of 16.4 square kilometres.


The Innenstadt is made up of five Stadtteile (city parts):

# City part Population (2016) Area (km2) Pop. per km2 map
101 Altstadt-Süd 28,123 2,36 11,911  
102 Neustadt-Süd 38,380 2,82 13,594
103 Altstadt-Nord 18,243 2,46 7,428
104 Neustadt-Nord 28,524 3,49 8,175
105 Deutz 15,785 5,24 3,013
source: Kölner Stadtteilinformation 2019 (in German)


Among the landmarks in Innenstadt are Cologne Cathedral, the twelve romanesque churches of Cologne[1] (St. Andreas, St. Aposteln, St. Cäcilien, St. Georg, St. Gereon, St. Kunibert, St. Maria im Kapitol, St. Maria Lyskirchen, Groß St. Martin, St. Pantaleon, St. Severin and St. Ursula) and the 14th century Cologne City Hall (Kölner Rathaus). Several high rise structures were built over the last years as landmarks for Veedel (city quarters) within the district, most notably KölnTurm at MediaPark and the three Kranhaus buildings at Rheinauhafen.


As the business center of Cologne, the Innenstadt is well served by numerous railway stations and highway. The largest train station is Köln Hauptbahnhof, other stations include Köln Messe/Deutz, Köln Hansaring, Köln West and Köln Süd station, as well as a dense net of Cologne Stadtbahn tram and U-Bahn stations. The Cologne Ring (Kölner Ringe) is a city boulevard, encircling the old town of Cologne. It is part of Bundesstraße 55 and picks up several principal arterial roads, which lead into adjacent city districts.

Rhine bridgesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Förderverein Romanische Kirchen Köln e.V. (in German)

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Coordinates: 50°56′12″N 6°57′37″E / 50.93667°N 6.96028°E / 50.93667; 6.96028