Investors and touristic information

With its central location at the heart of Western Europe and its excellent transport links, the city of Cologne and its surrounding area provide ideal conditions for foreign nationals to work on a self-employed basis or for companies from abroad to set up dependent and independent branches.
 In the following we would like to provide some useful information compiled by "Germany Trade and Invest“ and by the "Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology“.
 Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI) provides a wide range of information:
  • Coming to Germany
  • Establishing a Company
  • Financing Investment Projects in Germany
  • Incentive Programs
  • The Tax System
  • Employees and Social Security
  • The Legal Framework
  • Living in Germany
Furthermore, you can choose between seven languages, which should alleviate your first contact with Germany.
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology also provides valuable information on their homepage, for example about Market Entry, Staying in Germany, Working in Germany and a lot more.
Furthermore, the "Guide to successfully founding a company in Germany" combines concise information with a special focus on Cologne in English, Turkish, Chinese and Portuguese language.
The Cologne Business Guide contains all relevant facts and figures about the topic „Business in Cologne“.
For further enquiries or to set up an appointment for a personal consultation, please contact our International Department:
Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Gudrun Grosse
Phone: +49 221 1640-1561
Fax +49 221 1640-1569

Useful Links

Cologne Chamber of Commerce and Industry:

Industrie- und Handelskammer zu Köln
Unter Sachsenhausen 10 - 26
50667 Köln
Tel. +49 221 1640-0
Fax +49 221 1640-1290

Magistrate’s Court / Court of Registration:

Amtsgericht / Registergericht
Reichensperger Platz 1
50670 Köln
Tel. +49 221 7711-0
Fax +49 221 7711-312

Employment Office Cologne:

Agentur für Arbeit Köln
Luxemburger Str. 121
50939 Köln
Tel. +49 221 96443-401
Fax +49 221 94294-123

Bar Association Cologne:

Rechtsanwaltskammer Köln
Riehler Str. 30
50668 Köln
Tel. +49 221 973010-0
Fax +49 221 973010-50

Chamber of Notaries Cologne:

Rheinische Notarkammer Köln
Burgmauer 53
50667 Köln
Tel. +49 221 25752-91
Fax +49 221 25753-10

Points of Single Contact (PSC)

The Points of Single Contact aim to assist European service sector companies in navigating through sometimes very complex national legal procedures. Points of Single Contact simplify the administrative processes by acting as case managers for each company’s enquiries. Advice provided by the PSCs is legally binding and accessible via Internet.
In North Rhine-Westphalia, the services of the single contact person for you are free of charge. Only the anyway due the technically competent authorities fees so, even if you process your concern via the points of single contact,  are no longer subject to additional charges for the services of the PSC under the EA Act North Rhine-Westphalia from 2016.

Boost your business | B2B platforms
German "Bundesfirmenregister" - Federal register of companies
Europages, an international business network
German "Wer liefert was?", a search engine for products and services
"Deutsche Export-Datenbank", official German export database
Product database of the German mechanical and plant engineering
List of suppliers of the German electric and electronic industry
Database of industrial suppliers
"Ökoportal", a business directory for ecological needs
DPMA Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt - Startseite
"Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt" (DPMA), official publications and register for patents, utility models, trade marks and designs

Economic Development Agencies

City of Cologne:

Amt für Wirtschaftsförderung
Börsenplatz 1
50667 Köln
Tel. +49 221 99501-0

City of Leverkusen:

Wirtschaftsförderung Leverkusen GmbH
Dönhoffstraße 39
51373 Leverkusen
Tel. +49 214 8331-0
Fax +49 214 8331-11


Wirtschaftsförderung Rhein-Erft GmbH
Willy-Brandt-Platz 1
50126 Bergheim
Tel. +49 2234 95568-0
Fax +49 2234 95568-68

Oberbergisch District:

Wirtschaftsförderung Oberberg
Moltkestraße 34
51643 Gummersbach
Tel. +49 2261 886868

Rheinisch-Bergisch District:

Rheinisch-Bergische Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft mbH
51429 Bergisch Gladbach
Tel. +49 2204 9763-0
Fax +49 2204 9763-99

Tax Offices

You can find your local tax office in the following link:

Immigration Authorities

City of Cologne / Central Immigration Authority:

Zentrale Ausländerbehörde
Blaubach 13
50676 Köln
Tel. +49 221 221-25601
Fax +49 221 221-25660

City of Gummersbach / Immigration Authority:

Moltkestraße 42
51643 Gummersbach
Tel. +49 2261 88-0
Fax +49 2261 87-1033

City of Leverkusen / Immigration Authority:

Friedrich-Ebert-Platz 1
51373 Leverkusen
Tel. +49 214 406-3340
Fax +49 214 406-3339

Rhein-Erft-Kreis / Immigration Authority:

Willy-Brandt-Platz 1
50126 Bergheim
Tel. +49 2271 83-0
Fax +49 2271 83-2300

Touristic Information

For touristic information about the Cologne Region please contact the following tourist boards:

Cologne Tourist Board

Köln Tourismus GmbH
Kardinal-Höffner-Platz 1
D-50667 Köln
Phone: +49 221 346 43 0

Bergisches Land Tourist Board

Naturarena Bergisches Land GmbH
Bergisches Haus
Friedrich-Ebert-Straße 75
51429 Bergisch Gladbach
Phone: +49 2204 8430-00

Rhein-Erft Tourist Board

Rhein-Erft Tourismus e.V.
Willy-Brandt-Platz 1
50126 Bergheim
Phone: +49 2271 9949940

City of Leverkusen

Stadt Leverkusen
Friedrich-Ebert-Platz 1
D-51373 Leverkusen
Phone: +49 214 / 406-0