Cologne, Dusseldorf & Bonn
Cologne is famous for its carnival, which hardly a single one of the city’s one million inhabitants misses. And even if you are not so keen on the wild activities but still wish to experience the lifestyle and Cologne culture, you will feel at home here.
Together with the eight imposing Rhine bridges and the world-famous Cologne cathedral, the city’s image is characterised by countless buildings dating from all ages since the Romans, and meticulously rebuilt after the war.
As a residential area for the wealthy, the district of Marienburg with its properties in the historic-villa architectural style is especially popular. The district is quiet and the large villa gardens offer an abundance of greenery. There are even more green spaces for residents of Lindenthal, which is nestled between Cologne’s two green belts and Cologne city forest–a huge green space with sports and games areas, dense trees, ponds, canals, and restaurants. Families in detached homes find their happiness here. By contrast, buyers may prefer a classy new-build apartment in the Rheinau Docks, former docks which today are one of the most modern places to be in the city.
Dusseldorf is the city of the aesthetes: elegant, cultivated, and creative. Many of the 600,000 inhabitants make a living primarily from the beautiful things in life–art dealing, fashion, and advertising are amongst the most important business sectors here. The world-famous Königsallee, known simply as the Kö, has achieved renown as Europe’s most luxurious shopping destination, and the fashion exhibition Gallery Dusseldorf regularly draws millions of designers and traders to this city on the Rhine. Modern buildings designed by internationally acclaimed architects, a plethora of museums and exhibitions, renowned theatre and concert venues, nature and garden art, and a never-ending list of musicians born here reinforce the city’s reputation as a cultural metropolis. Anyone living in Düsseldorf will get to know not only the cultivated side of the Dusseldorfers, but also their effervescent joie de vivre. The Dusseldorfers are known for really letting their hair down and literally cartwheeling anywhere and everywhere–so much so that there is an annual cartwheeling championship!
The great demand for apartments, detached houses, and city villas was triggered by a lasting building boom. In the old city, nestled between historic and modern buildings, you will find the Bolkerstrasse, also known as the longest bar in the world, where around 50 pubs, bars, and restaurants line the street for around 300 metres. Here, you live in the midst of all the hustle and bustle. It is quieter on the left bank of the Rhine in the rich city district of Niederkassel. Dotted with authentically restored farmsteads, detached and semi-detached houses, and isolated city villas, this quiet quarter is a favourite with the Japanese, who are also responsible for the building of Europe’s first Buddhist temple. Oberkassel, where most of the sought-after apartments in historic buildings can be found, is especially popular as a residential area. The properties directly on the Rhine offer fantastic views over the Dusseldorf skyline.
Bonn is located in the south of North Rhine-Westphalia; the city’s 30,000 inhabitants live on the left and right banks of the Rhine. The more than 2000-year-old history of the city can be seen on every corner, with the city’s image being characterised by many churches of every building epoch and whole quarters with buildings dating from the time the city was first founded. The 160-hectare Rheinaue landscaped park is also well-known, as both a recreation area and the backdrop to open-air concerts, festivals, and flea markets. South Bonn with its historic buildings is very popular on the property markets. An abundance of restaurants and expansive green spaces make the area very pleasant to live in. Poppelsdorf is similarly beautiful, and, being the main site for the university, is primarily populated by students. The somewhat higher-situated Ippendorf is popular with families. Bad Godesberg is ultimately the place to be for the wealthy–villas and generous residential buildings can be found here. The centre, with its infamous clothing shops, offers diversion and cultural sites: the Bonn Minster, the Town Hall, and the castle.