Cologne Bonn Region

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Location of the Cologne/Bonn region in Germany

The Cologne Bonn Region (German: Region Köln/Bonn), also known as Cologne/Bonn Metropolitan Region (Metropolregion Köln/Bonn) is a metropolitan area in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), Germany, covering the cities of Cologne, Bonn and Leverkusen, as well as the districts of Rheinisch-Bergischer Kreis, Oberbergischer Kreis, Rhein-Erft-Kreis and Rhein-Sieg-Kreis. The region covers an area of 3,839 km² with 3,13 million inhabitants[1] (population density 815/km²). The city centres of Cologne and Bonn are 24 kilometres apart as the crow flies. At the outer city limits, there are only 8 kilometres between Cologne-Libur and Bonn-Geislar.

The Cologne/Bonn Region was established by local governments within the Cologne Government Region in 1992, to promote common policies in regional and urban planning, traffic management, environment and investment. Among the most prominent co-operative projects are the Cologne/Bonn Airport, the Verkehrsverbund Rhein-Sieg and the former Bonn–Cologne Railway Company. Also the Stadtbahn of both cities are connected, so there are light rail trains from Cologne Stadtbahn in Bonn and the Bonn Stadtbahn in Cologne. The largest lokal banks, Sparkasse KölnBonn and Volksbank Köln Bonn, operate in both cities.

The Cologne/Bonn region lies within the larger Rhine-Ruhr region, and forms a counterbalance to the more integrated Ruhr area, which also lies within the Rhine-Ruhr. Since 2008, studies have been undertaken to incorporate cities of the Lower Rhine region (most notably the city of Düsseldorf) into the alliance, in order to form a Rhineland metropolitan region (Metropolregion Rheinland).[2]

Larger Urban Zones[edit]

Eurostat's Urban Audit splits the Cologne/Bonn region into two Larger Urban Zones (LUZ). These two Urban Zones do not cover the district of Oberbergischer Kreis.

Larger Urban Zone major cities area population
Cologne Larger Urban Zone[3][4] 1,627 km² 1,873,580
Cologne 405 km² 996,690
Bergisch Gladbach 83 km² 110,217
Leverkusen 79 km² 161,279
Bonn Larger Urban Zone[5][6] 1,295 km² 908,503
Bonn 141 km² 316,416
Cologne/Bonn Region 2,922 km² 2,782,083

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Cologne Bonn". Archived from the original on 2009-05-27. Retrieved 2012-10-24.
  2. ^ "Region Köln/Bonn: Metropolregion Köln/Bonn". Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  3. ^ "CityProfiles". Urban Audit. Archived from the original on 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  4. ^ "Köln - Städtestatistik im Internet". Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  5. ^ "CityProfiles". Urban Audit. Archived from the original on 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2012-08-25.
  6. ^ "Bonn - Städtestatistik im Internet". Retrieved 2012-08-25.

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Coordinates: 50°50′N 7°00′E / 50.83°N 7.0°E / 50.83; 7.0