GDC Europe 2016 is held at the Congress-Centrum Ost Koelnmesse in the centrally located city of Cologne, Germany.

The Congress-Centrum Ost Koelnmesse (Cologne Congress Center East) is located at:
Congress-Centrum Ost Koelnmesse/ KölnKongress
Deutz-Mülheimer Straße 51
50679 Köln


B network has been appointed as the Official Housing Bureau for GDC Europe 2016, offering a wide variety of accommodation services to attendees for special rates.

To book your hotel please visit or send your request to Nuria Martin at

List of hotels
Hotel Casa Colonia - Cologne
Machabaerstraße 63
50668 Cologne
Tel: +49. 221.160 60 0
Fax: +49. 221.160 60 18
GDCE Casa Colonia
Cologne Marriott Hotel
Johannisstrasse 76-80
50668 Cologne
Tel: +49 221 942220
Fax: +49 221 94222777
Cologne Marriott Hotel
Hotel Ibis Koeln City Messe Arena
50679 Cologne
Tel: +49 221 989310
Fax: +49 221 98931555
Hotel Ibis Koeln City Messe Arena
Grand City Hotel Cologne Zentrum
Domstr. 10-16
50668 Cologne
Tel: +49 (0)221-1649-0
+49 (0)221-1649-333
GDCE Marriott
Maritim Hotel Cologne
Heumarkt 20
50667 Cologne
Tel: +49 (0) 221 2027-0
Fax: +49 (0) 221 2027-826
Appartel Am Dom
Allerheiligenstr. 2
50668 Cologne
Tel: +49 (0) 2 21 / 16 07-80
Fax: +49 (0) 2 21 / 16 07-89
Appartel Am Dom

Hotel Lyskirchen Cologne
Filzengraben 26-32
50676 Cologne
Tel: +49 (221) 20970
Fax: +49 (0) 221 2097 718

Sales Manager:
Mr. Radim Vosecky
Tel: 0049 221 2097 740
Fax: 0049 221 2097 718

Hotel Lyskirchen

Ms. Martina Balling
Tel: 0049 221 2097 0
Fax: 0049 221 2097 718

Park Inn Cologne Belfortstraße
Belfortstrasse 9
50668 Cologne
Tel: +49 221-7721-401
Fax: +49 221-7721-259

Sales Manager:
Ms. Sara Houben
Tel: 0221 7721 433
Fax: 0221 7721 432

Park Inn Cologne Belfortstraße

Mr. Dennis Schelling
Tel: 0221 7721 435
Fax: 0221 7721 259

Park Inn Cologne West
Innere Kanalstraße 15
50823 Cologne
Tel: +49 221-7721-401
Fax: +49 221-7721-259

Sales Manager:
Mr. Sebastian Scholz
Tel: 0049 221 5701 960
Fax: 0049 221 5701 965

Park Inn Cologne West

Ms. Anika Uhlich 
Tel: 0049 221 5701 924
Fax: 0049 221 5701 925



Thanks to its central location in the heart of Europe, Cologne can be quickly reached from many cities in Germany and foreign countries by Deutsche Bahn.

Also, find more information about using DB NachtZug to help you get to Cologne:

  • Service hotline +49 1805 141-514 (6:00 - 12:00)
  • At train stations
  • At licenced travel agencies of Deutsche Bahn

Ten motorways lead into Cologne's motorway ring. You can reach Cologne and the Koelnmesse directly without junctions or traffic lights.

Follow the Koelnmesse signs on the motorways and federal highways. Around the exhibition centre, there are around 14,500 parking spaces. From there, free shuttle buses take you to the entrances. Click here for a map and directions to the Koelnmesse.


You can easily reach Cologne and the Koelnmesse using the well-developed local public transport network. By using local transportation, you will reach your destination quickly and help to protect the environment. All the key destinations in Cologne can also be reached within a maximum of 10 minutes by public transportation.

Find more information and timetables here:



You can get to Cologne quickly and comfortably by air from all major European cities. In fact, it takes only around an hour to fly to Cologne-Bonn Airport from Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, Prague, London, Munich, Milan or Zurich. The Koelnmesse can be reached quickly and easily from Cologne-Bonn Airport and Düsseldorf Airport.

The new railway station at Cologne-Bonn Airport was opened on June 13, 2004. Intercity Express, regional and suburban trains, for example the S-13 S-Bahn (suburban train) operate regularly from the airport and stop directly at the exhibition center station Köln-Deutz.

Timetables and more detailed information on the German railway company Deutsche Bahn can be found under the Public Transportation section above.

Learn about nearby airports:



Koelnmesse is the modern and innovative trade fair exhibition centre of Cologne. With 40 successful trade fairs a year, total hall space of 286,000 square meters, over 38,000 exhibitors and some two million buyers, Koelnmesse is one of the world's leading trade fair organisers.

The Congress-Centrum Ost Koelnmesse (Cologne Congress Center East) is located at:
Congress-Centrum Ost Koelnmesse/ KölnKongress
Deutz-Mülheimer Straße 51
50679 Köln

Where is the Congress-Centrum Ost Koelnmesse?


Congress-Centrum Ost Koelnmesse/ KölnKongress
Deutz-Mülheimer Straße 51
50679 Köln



Awe-inspiring cathedral spires tower over Cologne, Germany's oldest city, and its innumerable cultural and historical treasures. With world-famous museums, Roman architecture, and hundreds of galleries, Cologne is renowned for its vibrant fine art and modern art scenes. There is much to see in Cologne, from the beautiful landscape along the river Rhein, to the modern opera house and unique neighborhoods. Visitors are spoiled by the city's offerings, including renowned theatre and concerts; distinguished shopping districts; and a lively night life. Cologne is also one of Germany's leading gastronomic lights, from venerable breweries offering unique Kölsch beer and typical Cologne delicacies, to first-class restaurants--boasting well in excess of 3000 public houses, restaurants and breweries.

Read more about Cologne here.

Why Cologne?

Centre for Business and Events

  • In the heart of Europe: Large catchment area with a high level of purchasing power (180 million Europeans live within a 500 km radius)
  • Famous for fascinating events: World Youth Day, FIFA 2006 Soccer World Cup, Cologne Carnival, WCG 08 etc.

Media Centre

  • Home to numerous professional partners who will help you establish a goal-oriented media presence
  • Ten TV stations, 1,000 TV studios and production companies, newspapers and publishing houses

Perfect Geographic Situation

  • Cologne Bonn Airport is the biggest low-priced airline hub in Europe, with direct flights to over 130 European and international destinations.
  • ICE high speed connection to FRA, AMS, DUS
  • Köln Hauptbahnhof, Cologne's central train station, offers hourly connections to every major city in Europe


Cologne Cathedral
Cologne Cathedral, with its two 157-metre-high towers, has been the city's famous landmark and Germany's most famous architectural monument for centuries. It took 632 years for Germany's largest cathedral to be completed. The cathedral is one of the most important pilgrimage churches in Europe, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Cologne Cathedral

Old Town Cologne
Many are acquainted with Cologne's Old Town. Against the backdrop of Deutz and Hohenzollern bridges, the colorful houses are closely packed together, towered over by the Gothic cathedral and Romanesque Church of St. Martin on the banks of the Rhine. Countless restaurants, bars and snack stands in the narrow alleyways offer an attractive place for tourists and locals to spend some time.
Old Town Cologne

Wahn Castle (Schloss Wahn)
Situated in the south-eastern reaches of the city, this manor house was once the site of a 14th-century moated castle. Having undergone many transformations over the centuries, the building is currently used by the University of Cologne as the Theaterwissenschaftliche Sammlung. The castle was converted into a palace in the mid-18th century by the city's grafen (earls). The interior of the palace is ornately decorated with oil paintings, the most famous rooms being the Garden Hall and the Chinese Room.
Wahn Castle

Read more about Cologne's attractions here.


Cologne is internationally recognized for its shopping, catering to all types of tastes. Hohe Strasse and Schildergasse house the biggest department stores and famous designer shops. You can also find several trendy boutiques on Ehrenstrasse and Breite Strasse, while Mittelstrasse and Pfeilstrasse are renowned for their exclusive designer outlets.

Schildergasse is the most well-known shopping street in Cologne, serving as the main road that connects Hohe Strasse and Neumarkt. It consists primarily of fashion and shoe shops, cosmetic stores, perfume shops, household goods and toys, opticians and restaurants.

Neumarkt Passage Arcade
Discover the world of Neumarkt Passage at Neumarkt with its high-quality specialty stores located both inside and outside of the arcade. This is the ideal place to do your banking or shopping, stop for a bite to eat, or simply relax and watch the world pass by. Shopping at the Neumarkt Passage in the heart of Cologne is an unforgettable experience.
Neumarkt Pass Arcade

Apostelnstrasse is a small, yet elegant shopping street in the heart of Cologne. Here you will find a whole variety of shops here, including opticians, jewelers and goldsmiths.

Read more about shopping in Cologne here.

Culture & Arts

Culture is an essential part of the buzzing metropolis that is Cologne. The world-class museums attract visitors from all over the world. Moreover, locals of Cologne cultivate extremely lively ancient traditions with the annual Cologne Carnival as the peak of cultural celebrations.
Culture & Arts

Read more about cultural attractions and museums here.


Cologne is renowned for its remarkable wealth of places to eat and drink. With everything from gourmet restaurants to its famous brewpubs, the city certainly caters for every taste. Nowhere else in Germany has such a high ratio of bars to people or as many first-rate restaurants.

FoodEm Krützche
This venerable building in the old town alongside the Rhine houses a traditional restaurant consisting of several dining rooms, serving classical and Rhenish cuisine.
Em Krutzche

"Zur Tant" and "Hütter's Piccolo" restaurants
A listed half-timbered building in an exposed location on the banks of the Rhine with panoramic views and a terrace. The bistro offers good homemade cooking, while the restaurant menu features a tempting range of gourmet cuisine.
Zur Tant

Read more about local culinary hot-spots and recommendations here.
See a list of restaurants and ratings here.

Nightlife & Entertainment

Cologne is renowned for its remarkable wealth of places to eat and drink. With everything from gourmet restaurants to its famous brewpubs, the city certainly caters for every taste. Nowhere else in Germany has such a high ratio of bars to people or as many first-rate restaurants.

Cologne's nightspots are concentrated in four distinct quarters. Most obvious of these is the area around Gross St. Martin in the Altstadt, which catches the tourists and businessmen, yet manages to create a distinctive atmosphere in places. Down the road from the university, in the southwestern zone, the Quartier Lateng is more like the real thing as far as mingling with locals is concerned, even if it has lost its trendy edge. The Südstadt, or St. Severins Quarter, now has the most stylish bars and cafes, of the pack. The more relaxed Belgisches Viertel, just to the west of the center, is nowhere near as packed or self-consciously trendy. Very few of the night cafes and bars open before 9pm, but they compensate for this fact by staying open until the small hours of the morning.

Read more information on Cologne's clubs, bars, beer gardens, brewery taverns and more here.

Performing Arts

Concerts, theatre plays, operas, or ballet performances are held nearly every evening. Tickets and information for all important events can be purchased in advance at the following outlets:

  • Theatre box office at Neumarkt, Tel. 21 42 32
  • Rudolphplatz theatre ticket box office, Tel. 23 83 57
  • Köln Ticket, Roncalliplatz, Tel. 28 01
Performing Arts

Read more about Cologne's theaters and performing arts here.