• 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. 

  • Schools exchange between Scoil Mhuire and DouglasCommunitySchools and Herder Gymnasium, Cologne
  • Choral Festival 2008 – Consono Chamber Choir Cologne won the Fleischmann International Trophy
  • Work experience programme and student exchange programme
  • Team of 4 rowers took part in 2009 Ocean to City Race
  • Equilibrio Project, Bonnington Montenotte
  • Visit from Cologne Jazz Haus Schule, Cologne to the Lord Mayor took place on October 22nd 2010.
  • Ms. Melanie Gonzalez Remlinger, from Cologne City Council visited Cork from March 28th to March 31st.  The purpose of the visit was to discuss areas of possible future co-operation, future projects, and plan for the 25th anniversary of the Cork/Cologne twinning in 2013.  Meetings were held with the CIT Cork School of Music, Backwater Artist Group, the Departments of German and midwifery in University College Cork, Mr. Tony O’Neill of the Cork Jazz festival and Con O’Donnell, Community & Enterprise Department, City Hall.  Numerous projects were discussed.  Ms. Gonzalez Remlinger also enjoyed a walking tour of the city hosted by Cllr. Kieran McCarthy, and a tour of Blackrock Castle.  Ms. Monica Tonger, a member of the Cologne-Cork Sister city committee in Cologne also attended some of the meetings.
  • Students from Cork travelled to Cologne in February as part of a Cork- Cologne school exchange and work experience programme that has been running for the past 14 years.  Students from Douglas Community School and Christ the King Girls School took part this year.
  • The Cologne Frigate visited Cork on May 2th, 2011 and was visited by the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Michael O’Connell.. 
  • An athlete from Cologne, Mr. Norbert Nikelowski competed in the Bord Gáis Energy Cork City Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th June, 2011. On Tuesday, June 7th, Mr. Nikelowski paid a courtesy visit to the Lord Mayor of Cork, where he also met members of the International Relations Twinning Committee, members of the Cologne and Swansea Sub Committees, and the City Manager Mr. Tim Lucey.
  • The Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band visited Cologne for the annual “Festival of Lights”.  The Festival of Lights is a twinning festival which sees the main square in Cologne transformed into a tented village populated by representatives of each of Cologne’s twin cities, displaying and distributing national food, drink and literature.  The Jazz Big Band opened proceedings at 2.00pm and were very well received.  Cork soprano Mary Hegarty also performed.  The Jazz Big Band also participated in a workshop and joint concert at Koln Stadtgarten with the Big Band of the Koln JazzHaus Schule.
  • A collaborative nursing degree between UCC and institutions in Germany is being discussed.  The programme proposed by UCC will involve nurses from UCC undertaking their practical training in Germany, including German language classes.  Links have been established with the Red Cross in Bonn, Dortmund and Dusseldorf and the relevant personnel from the German institutions visited Cork in April to progress matters.  In July, members of UCC’s School of Nursing and Midwifery, and German Department  travelled to Cologne to meet with colleagues in the Krankenhaus Merheim (Merheim Hospital Cologne) to discuss developing an interdisciplinary postgraduate scheme.  Further discussions on this project are taking place in October in Cork when Cologne staff pay a visit to Cork.
  • 2 marathon runners from Cork, Niall O’Crualaoich from the City Fire Brigade, and Cormac O’Regan of St. Finbarr’s athletic club travelled to Cologne to participate in the Cologne marathon on the 2nd October.  While in Cologne they met with Thomas Rank of Cologne Fire Brigade and Monica Tonger, Head of Twin City association, Cologne-Cork.
  • Cologne- Cork Twinning Project   October 2016
    On Monday 31st October at approx 12noon The Brigg Roald Amundsen tall ship will be welcomed to Cork City with 50 visitors from Cologne on board. The visitors will depart Cologne on Sunday 23rd October for Cherbourg where they will board the tall ship and sail onwards to Cork.
    Weather permitting the journey will take six to seven days non-stop at sea.

    The tall ship will remain in Cork harbour from Monday 31st October until Wednesday 2nd November.  Cork City Council are excited about this innovative twinning project and look forward to welcoming the visitors from our twinned city of Cologne.

         Further details will be posted nearer the date. In the meantime any enquiries can be made by email to 

 Cologne Cork Twinning Project
Pictured at City Hall, Cork with The Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr Des Cahill at a preparatory meeting to finalise arrangements for the visit of the tall ship Brigg ROALD AMUNDSEN  to Cork  are Matthias Welpmann and Lydia Schneider-Benjamin, Cologne- Cork Twinning association .


  • On Wednesday Septembr 14th a group (Tischrunde ehemaliger Ratsmitglieder) of former councillors of Cologne, including  former Mayor Schramma visited Cork City Hall. Below is a photo of their visit with Deputy Lord Mayor of Cork City Joe Kavanagh and Noreen Mulcahy Cork City Council
    Cologne Group