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Cologne International Schools


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For anyone planning a move to or within Cologne in west Germany, we have collated information below about different places to live, International schools and private schools (including High schools), property and relocation agents and other information we think useful for relocating to Cologne and the surround area.

Offering some of the best living anywhere in Germany, Cologne’s famous suburbs include city centre, Rodenkirchen and Lindenthal and the nearby towns of Troisdorf, Bruhl and Erkrath.

Cologne has a great choice of high quality private international schools and high schools, beautiful nearby countryside, lots of activities and excellent housing - with a fantastic range of different property to call home, from Germany mansions and estates, villas and bungalows to new build executive housing, family townhouses and apartments.

"Cologne (Köln) offers a mother lode of excitement, led by its famous cathedral whose filigree twin spires dominate the skyline. The city’s museum landscape is especially strong when it comes to art but also has something in store for fans of chocolate, sports and even Roman History. Cologne's people are known for their liberalism and joie de vivre; it’s easy to have a good time with them in the beer halls of the Altstadt or during Carnival"  Lonely Planet

Cologne sits on the Rhine River and is over 2,000 years old, with neighbouring citie and towns such as Düsseldorf, Bonn, Essen and Dortmund.

Look out for Bananas spray painted on buildings as it marks the sign of a prestigious art gallery! Thomas Baumgärtel, an art student in the 1980s, started this tradition so that unknown galleries would gain more recognition.

For more fun facts and figures about Cologne, scroll down to our Cologne focus page!




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Looking for a prestigious International (private) school in Cologne, Germany?

If you are thinking of moving to live in Cologne (or you already live in Cologne but are considering relocating) and you and your family are researching some of the best International schools and private schools in Cologne there is a big choice of high quality Cologne schools, with a number of the cities highest ranking International schools considered to be some of the best in Germany.

The private education sector in and around Cologne features day and residential boarding schools, single sex and co-educational (mixed) schools, including leading private nurseries, primary schools, secondary schools and high schools.

Find Private International Schools In Cologne, Germany (Or "International Schools And Private Schools Near Me")

Developed over the last 36+ years, the isbi School Search Directory is one of the largest and most comprehensive private schools directories available, helping thousands of families to find, compare and select good schools since the 1980s.

>   You can search for International schools and private schools with a reputation for excellence in Cologne and in the suburbs of Cologne by using our International Schools Directory and International Schools Finder (powered by School Search Directory) or by clicking on the names of the International schools, private schools and colleges and High schools listed below to see detailed profiles with photos, videos, maps etc.

>   With our expanded school search technology you can filter your search by the type of school you are looking for such as International school and private school, day and boarding, gender, age range, academic study, religious affiliation, school fees, scholarships and bursaries, open days etc.

>   You can also focus your search on just private junior schools or senior high schools or on all-through International schools, or view search results for all of them together.

Please explore isbi.com for detailed information and guides about good schools of all types and for open days, school and college and news, articles and blogs with details of school associations, glossaries and explanations about examinations and qualifications and expert advice about independent education at International schools and private schools around Germany and worldwide.



Top International Schools And Private Schools & Colleges In Cologne, Germany

Some of the best International schools and private schools and colleges in Cologne, Germany providing a top-tier, world-class day and boarding single-sex and mixed education for boys and girls include:




Where To Live In Cologne, Germany

The most popular suburbs in Cologne, Germany and the surrounding area include, with approximate population numbers:

>  Cologne (1.086 million)

Innenstadt (128,150)

Rodenkirchen (106,060),

Lidenthal (128,100)

Ehrenfeld (114,700)

Nippes (118,130),

Chorweiler (79,200)

Porz (107,300)

Kalk (107,200),

Mulheim (144,011)




Cologne is a very popular place to live and many people move to Cologne each year, or to near Cologne and the surrounding area, from around Europe and the rest of the world.

Many of those moving to Cologne are seeking a more urban lifestyle, deciding to relocate to the Cologne for work and to enjoy the great facilities and leisure amenities, high quality housing and schools, fantastic bars, restaurants, sports and popular cultural events involving art and music available to families living in Cologne and the surrounding area.

Ten Things To Know About Cologne, Germany

> FACT 1: When living in Cologne, make sure to prepare for the Cologne Carnival! The Karneval takes place in February or March every year and citizens flood the streets with traditional costumes, dancing on extravagant floats... Often with a litre of Kölsch beer in hand!

> FACT 2: Cologne has over 40 museums and around 100 art galleries! Some of our favoruite galleries include the GlasMoog and the Die Photgraphische Sammlung. Whilst the Wallraf and Suftmuseum are also great museums to take the family around.

> FACT 3: The Cologne cathedral is the msot famous Gothic cathedral in the world…It took over 600 years to build and managed to survive WW2 without being too damaged. It’s a beautiful building and well worth a visit at the weeknd or on a winter’s evening when the lights glisten across the river!

> FACT 4: Whilst in Cologne grab one a Halve Hahn at your local pub! The famous pub snack includes Gouda cheese, butter, onion and pickles on a piece of rye bread.

> FACT 5: The fragrance, Eau de Cologne, was made in Cologne but actually began as a medicine for pox! It’s translation is ‘water from cologne’ and was later developed into a perfume by Johann Maria Farina in the 17th century.

> FACT 6: Cologne is one of the oldes cities in Germany! It was founded by the Romans over 2,000 years ago!

> FACT 7: Cologne is knows as the ‘city of churches’ as there are over 12 Roman churches located in the city centre. So perhaps make an afternoon of visiting them, it makes for a lovely autumn activity as the light catches the stained glass windows perfectly.

> FACT 8:  Colonge has excellent nightlife, with the University of Cologne being one of the most popular in Europe, the pubs, nightclubs and cocktail bars will not disappoint.

> FACT 9:  Cologne has a special type of beer that is ‘top fermented’... Interestingly, Kölsch beer is only allowed to be brewed in certain parts of Cologne, meaning there are only 13 breweries that brew it.

> FACT 10:  Take a tour to see Chandeliers in the Sewers! Yes… they were planted seven metres under the city in honour of Kaiser Wilhelm II who opened the sewers in 1890…

Where To Live In Cologne, Germany

Cologne and the surrounding area offers a huge choice of high quality, premium and luxury property to meet the needs of any family, whether wanting a townhouse, large apartment, villa, mansion or country estate, with or without granny annex, garden or swimming pool. There are also property development and investment opportunities too, with land available to purchase and properties in need of renovation.

From central Cologne living to rural, Germany lifestyles, Cologne and the surrounding area is full of bustling districts and leafy suburbs, lush green areas, charming estates, vibrant high streets, busy neighbourhoods, friendly residential communities and countryside.

Some of the popular residential areas include:

Rodenkirtchen Cologne, Linderthal Cologne, Ehrenfeld Cologne, Nippes Cologne, Chorweiler Cologne, Porz Cologne, Lime Cologne, Müheim Cologne, Kalk, Cologne

Commuting To And From Cologne By Rail Or Road

Relocating to Cologne is especially popular with those happy to work from home most of the time but needing to occasionally commute to other places for work.

Others are happy to commute more regularly to Bonn, Düsseldorf, Wuppertal and other locations for work.

Travel times to key destinations by road and rail include:

> Cologne To Berlin: Berlin is about 580 km by road from Cologne via the A2 and driving to the centre of Berlin from Cologne normally takes under 6 hours 30 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Berlin from Cologne, with trains taking from 4 hours 30 minutes.

> Cologne To Bonn: Bonn is about 33 km by road from Cologne via the A59 and driving to the centre of Bonn from Cologne normally takes under 40 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Bonn from Cologne, with trains taking around 20 minutes.

> Cologne To Düsseldorf: Düsseldorf is about 50 km by road from Cologne via the A3 and driving to the centre of Düsseldorf from Cologne normally takes under 50 minutes. There is a very regular train service to Düsseldorf from Cologne, with trains taking from 20 minutes.



Nearest Airports To Cologne, Germany

The nearest airport to Cologne is Cologne Bonn (CGN) which is 13 km from Cologne. Other nearby airports include Dusseldorf (DUS) (under 40 km), Dortmund (DTM) (80 km), Weeze (NRN) (90 km) and Eindhoven (EIN) (120 km)




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