Ehrenfeld, Cologne

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aerial view of Ehrenfeld with the Colonius telecommunications tower in the background
aerial view of Ehrenfeld with the Colonius telecommunications tower in the background
Official seal of Ehrenfeld
Location of Ehrenfeld shown in red
Location of Ehrenfeld shown in red
Federal stateNorth Rhine-Westphalia
 • Total23.8 km2 (9.2 sq mi)
 (December 2008)
 • Total103,621
 • Density4,348/km2 (11,260/sq mi)
Helios-Lighthouse in Cologne-Ehrenfeld
Typical street in Neuehrenfeld

Ehrenfeld (German: Köln-Ehrenfeld, German pronunciation: [kœln ˈʔeːʁənfɛlt], Ripuarian: ihrefäld [ˈi²ʁəfɛlt]) is a city district (Stadtbezirk) of the City of Cologne in Germany. It includes the seven quarters Bickendorf, Bocklemünd, Mengenich, Ehrenfeld, Neuehrenfeld, Ossendorf and Vogelsang, it has about 104.509 inhabitants (as of December 2011) and covers an area of 23.83 square kilometres. The district borders with the Cologne districts of Chorweiler to the North, Nippes and Innenstadt to the East and Lindenthal to the South-West.

Ehrenfeld is characterized by lively and popular residential areas and shopping streets, the media center "Coloneum" with the most modern production and movie studios and a large and vivacious free cultural scene with many artists' studios, theatres and clubs.

The landmark of Ehrenfeld is the Helios-lighthouse.


Ehrenfeld got its name from the quarter Ehrenfeld, which represents the center of the borough. Ehrenfeld grew substantially during the Gründerzeit boom, became a municipality in 1867 and a town in 1879. Nine years later, Ehrenfeld became part of the city of Cologne. During summer and autumn of 1944 an anti-Nazi resistance group, known as the Ehrenfeld Group, operated from Ehrenfeld.


Ehrenfeld consists of six Stadtteile (city parts):

# City part Population (2009) Area (km²) Pop. per km² map
401 Ehrenfeld 35,488 3,72 9,536 District map of Ehrenfeld
402 Neuehrenfeld 23,387 2,55 9,170
403 Bickendorf 16,276 2,31 7,046
404 Vogelsang 8,028 3,66 2,192
405 Bocklemünd/Mengenich 10,563 4,93 2,141
406 Ossendorf 9,966 6,81 1,463
source: Die Kölner Stadtteile in Zahlen 2010 (in German)


The borough is connected to the city centre of Cologne by numerous light rail stations of Cologne Stadtbahn line 3, 4, 5 and 13; the Bundesautobahn 57 connects Ehrenfeld with the Cologne Beltway, Venloer Straße is the district's principal road leading onto the Cologne Ring. The Köln-Ehrenfeld station (Bahnhof Ehrenfeld) connects the borough to the regional rail network.

map KVB station lines
KVB Ehrenfeld.svg Zeichen 224.svg Bocklemünd 3 4
Zeichen 224.svg Westfriedhof 3 4
Zeichen 224.svg Wolffsohnstraße 3 4
U-Bahn.svg Akazienweg 3 4
U-Bahn.svg Äußere Kanalstraße 3 4
U-Bahn.svg Leyendeckerstraße 3 4
U-Bahn.svg S-Bahn-Logo.svg Venloer Straße/Gürtel 3 4 13
U-Bahn.svg Körnerstraße 3 4
U-Bahn.svg Piusstraße 3 4
U-Bahn.svg S-Bahn-Logo.svg Hans-Böckler-Platz/Bf West 3 4 5

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Coordinates: 50°56′47″N 6°55′06″E / 50.9464°N 6.91833°E / 50.9464; 6.91833