• ‌‌‌Population 1 million

4th largest city in Germany

Oberburgermeister:  Henriette Reker

Links with Cologne were formally established in May 1988 in Cologne and subsequently when a party visited Cork in May 1989 when the second stage of the formal twinning ceremony was completed. Since then the exchange has gone from strength to strength especially in the fields of education, training, music and athletics. 

  • On 1st October, 2017, a group of 17 athletes from Cork took part in the Cologne marathon and half marathon.  Exchanges between athletes from the two cities have been taking place for a number of years now, with athletes from Cologne also travelling to Cork to take part in the Cork city marathon which is held in June.  Mr. Matthias Welpmann, Chairperon of the Cologne-Cork sisiter city committee and councillor with Cologne City Council arranged a walking tour of the Cologne City Centre for the group.  The group also attended a welcome reception in City Hall, hosted by Vice Mayor Andreas Wolter.

Twinned City athletes

Picture shows the group of athletes from Cologne's twinned cities who travelled to Cologne for the Marathon/half marathon. 


  • To develop the twinning between Cork and Cologne further, a new "Cork - Cologne -Lecture series started on 20th September, 2017 as part of the showcase of the Cork Lifelong Learning festival which is part of the UNESCO Conferencde of Learning Cities.  Stefan Jauernig was the guest from the Cologne for this first lecture.   
  • Exchange students from the Herder Gymnasium Cologne, along with their partner schools in Cork (Douglas Community Scholl and Christ the King) paid a courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor on May 8th, 2017.  This school exchange between Cork and Cologne has been taking place for almost 20 years.  Cork students travelled to Cologne in Jan/Feb, 2017.

Herder Gymnasium Courtesy Visit

 Herder Gymnasium students who paid a courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor on 8th May, 2017 with students from their partner Cork schools and their teachers.


  • In February, 2016 a group of students and staff from Cologne University of Applied Science travelled to Cork to attend their project webpages launch and award ceremony in UCC on February 12th.  The collaboration titled "Intercultural Learning through Digital Skills: The virtual Irish-German classroom took place the previous semester, covering the 12 week teaching period between September and December.  Students met online in regular weekly sessions and worked on their projects outside of class time.  The project covered 7 lines of inquiry, the aim of which was to develop a module which captured student's experiences as well as their cities, their places of study and other areas, both in written and digital format.  The project webpages were launched in UCC.  The students and teachers paid a courtesy visit to the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Mick Nugent.  The project was assisted under the Twinning Grant Programme.

Cologne/Cork Group

Staff and students from teh University of Applied Science, Cologne, with course leaders from UCC during their courtesy visit to the Deputy Lord Mayor. 

  • The Deinemaids Vocal ensemble travelled to Cork for the Choral Festival in April.  They have links with teh Cork Vocal Ensemble Cantabile.  While in Cork, they paid a courtesy visit to the Deputy Lord Mayor and Cllr. McCarthy brought them on a walking tour of the City.
  • The Tall Ship, Roald Amundsen travelled from Cologne to Cork at the end of October with a delegation of 50 people from Cologne on board, including Mr. Matthias WElpmann, Chairperson Cologne/Cork Twinning Committee and some other members of the committee.  The group was accorded a welcome reception at the Port of Cork on 31st October where they met the Lord Maayor, Cllr. Des Cahill, other councillors and senior representatives from the Port of Cork.  On November 1st, the group paid a courtesy visit to the Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh, and Cllr. Kieran McCArthy brought the group on a walking tour of the city.  The ship was open from visits from members of the public during its' stay in Cork.
  • Ms. Joanna Schwolow, Intern from Cologne commenced an internship in the finance department in the City Council on June 22nd to 23rd June.
  • On Tuesday, 14th September, 29 former Cologne councillors and their guide paid a courtesy visit to City Hall.  They were received by Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr. Joe Kavanagh and Cllr. Paudie Dineen.  The group is part of a circle of former councillors from Cologne. 

Cologne Group

Group of former councillors, including former Mayor Schramma visited Cork City Hall.