There are marathons in numerous cities – but the Cologne Marathon is unique: a mixture of elite and John Doe runners, carnival, a folk and running festival! The entire city is vivid and the spectators cheer passionately for the runners on the course! Everywhere you may hear your name and you run through espaliers! This is something that you have to experience!
The typical Cologne and warm-hearted way of the spectators let your run get unforgettable! They cheer for your and "carry you to the finish" – it does not matter whether you are a top athlete, an ambitious recreational sportsman or a running connoisseur! The scenery at Rudolfplatz is comparable to the ascent to Alpe d’Huëz at the Tour de France! Come to the marathon in "the most beautiful city of the world"!
The spectacular finish at the landmark of our city, Cologne Cathedral, is a gross swaying of emotions: exultation, tears of joy and the amazing feeling having beaten your body after such a long distance! You may really be proud of this!
Cologne or „Kölle“ as we locals call it – Our lively city on the Rhine offers you a wealth of cultural activities, international trade fairs and conferences, and numerous major events. Attractions such as Cologne Cathedral, which is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the city’s 12 large Romanesque churches create an unforgettable impression.
Further, our cathedral city is home to many museums and galleries that present top-class art treasures of all styles and from all epochs.
Cologne is considered an insider tip as one of Germany’s greatest cities for shopping and let us not forget the excellent and exciting night life. Over 3,000 bars, cafes and restaurants invite you to enjoy a cool Kölsch beer …