Cologne is a city of contrasts. Germany’s most catholic city is also one of its most progressive. Founded along the Rhine River as a Roman settlement in 38 BC, Cologne has managed to stay relevant through more than 2,000 years of history, culture, and artistry. Germany’s fourth largest city celebrates its distinct “Kölsch” culture by marching to the beat of its own drummer: drinking its particular beer, speaking its unique dialect, and living its free-spirited lifestyle. While honoring its rich past, Cologne is a city living in the present and looking toward the future.