In many ways Cologne is an urban lifestyle haven. Metropolitan trends from around the world are clearly visible here, particularly in the lively Veedel, or quarters, each of which has its own distinctive feel and creative character. The city’s uncounted design and fashion outlets, expansive nightlife and long list of events means there’s adventures to be undertaken every single day. Exhibitions, fashion and design events, festivals, concerts and club nights are a great way to discover the city’s congenial atmosphere and its residents’ friendly nature. This is where we list some of the best venues, events, creative centres and Veedel in town.