Cologne is one of the five governmental districts of the German Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located in the south-west of that state and covers the hills of the Eifel as well as the Bergisches Land.


Regierungsbezirk Köln
Map of North Rhine-Westphalia highlighting Cologne
Map of North Rhine-Westphalia highlighting Cologne
StateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
Region seatCologne
 • Total7,364.71 km2 (2,843.53 sq mi)
 (31 December 2018)[1]
 • Total4,468,904
 • Density610/km2 (1,600/sq mi)

It was created in 1815, when Prussia reorganised its internal administration. In 1972 the Regierungsbezirk Aachen was incorporated.

Kreisfreie Städte
(district-free towns)
  1. Aachen
  2. Düren
  3. Euskirchen
  4. Heinsberg
  5. Oberbergischer Kreis
  6. Rhein-Erft-Kreis
  7. Rhein-Sieg-Kreis
  8. Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis
  1. Aachen
  2. Bonn
  3. Cologne
  4. Leverkusen

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Bevölkerung der Gemeinden Nordrhein-Westfalens am 31. Dezember 2018" (in German). Landesbetrieb Information und Technik NRW. Retrieved 10 July 2019.

Coordinates: 50°50′N 6°55′E / 50.83°N 6.92°E / 50.83; 6.92