Tanzbrunnen with its star-shaped, undulating roof is Cologne’s most well-known stage for shows, theatre productions and concerts.

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  • 12,500

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  • Event site including open-air space, a theatre and other event locations that can be combined.

  • Open-air concerts, festivals, theatre, product presentations, staff meetings, corporate events

Tanzbrunnen Köln provides an entire world of experience with an impressive variety and Cologne's best-known stage for open-air events. Located on the bank of the Rhine River in Deutz, it offers an incomparable view of the Cologne cathedral and the city panorama. The Theater am Tanzbrunnen, the adjoining Rheinterrassen with a restaurant and beer garden, and the km 689 Cologne Beach Club can all be booked individually or in combination and offer unexpected event possibilities.

Our spaces

Open Air Gelände

  • 30.000 m2
  • 12.500

Theater am Tanzbrunnen

  • 940 m2
  • 1.094

Location in 3D

Food service

Would you like to use the Tanzbrunnen stage for a company party or major event? Drawing on your ideas, we will create culinary delicacies and gustatory pleasures to suit the occasion. At the highest level. And highly innovative.

Our partner in Tanzbrunnen Köln
Koelncongress Gastronomie GmbH

Marko Drmic
Gastronomy manager
phone: +49 171 818 73 24
fax: +49 221 284-8655

Ioana Hrisca
Gastronomy manager
Rheinterrassen | Tanzbrunnen
phone: +49 221 284-7675
fax: +49 221 284-8655

Event Requests

Are you an event planner looking to book your event at one of our locations? Or are you an exhibitor at one of Koelnmesse’s trade fair events in search of suitable premises to complement your stand during the trade fair?

From brainstorming and developing a powerful experience concept to all organisational issues, our sales team is available at sales@koelncongress.de to help you make sure your event receives the attention it deserves.
Or submit your non-binding event request here.

Your contacts


The Tanzbrunnen event site is located on the bank of the Rhine at the edge of the Rheinpark in Deutz and in the immediate vicinity of the Koelnmesse trade fair grounds.


Tanzbrunnen Köln

Rheinparkweg 1
D-50679 Cologne



From the central station / cathedral:

Railway lines S6, S11, S12 or S13 (towards Köln-Nippes, Neuss or Worringen) to the “Köln Messe / Deutz” station.

Exit the train station walking towards the Rhine River. Tanzbrunnen Köln is just about a 10-minute walk from there. Follow the pedestrian signs to Tanzbrunnen Köln.

Hauptbahnhof Köln, Kölner Dom

Railway line S19 (towards Düren) to the “Köln Messe / Deutz” station.

Exit the train station walking towards the Rhine River. Tanzbrunnen Köln is just about a 10-minute walk from there. Follow the pedestrian signs to Tanzbrunnen Köln.


There is only limited public parking available near Tanzbrunnen. We therefore recommend arriving by public transport.

You’ll find an overview of the nearest parking garages here.

Tip: The NUNAV navigation app is available free of charge to help you get to your parking space with as little traffic as possible. NUNAV is a collaborative navigation system with real-time traffic forecasts that update every second. It uses artificial intelligence to distribute traffic across the entire road network and not just a few main routes. The system guides you directly to your free event parking space while helping you avoiding traffic in the process.

Commuter traffic on highway leaving Cologne City at night


In 1950, the architect Josef Op Gen Orth built a fountain in the facility with an accessible circular centrepiece that would also serve as a dance floor – hence the name ‘Tanzbrunnen’. Nearly 55 m in diameter, the fountain comprises approx. 2,000 m² covered in water.

On the occasion of the German Federal Garden Show in 1957, as one of his first fabric-roof structures, Professor Frei Otto developed the star-shaped undulating roof of the Tanzbrunnen (several years later, he also designed the world-renowned roof of Munich’s Olympic Stadium). Bold for its time, the structure extended out over the centrepiece of the Tanzbrunnen and portions of the open spaces. ‘Dancing beneath a star-shaped, undulating canopy’ became a famous saying. The grounds and the fountain were extensively renovated for the German Federal Garden Show in 1971.

Tanzbrunnen develops into the most beautiful open-air stage

Since 1994, the roughly 30,000-square-metre cultural and leisure park with open-air area has been perfectly complemented with the Theater am Tanzbrunnen. This multifunctional indoor stage is suitable not just for product presentations but for gala events and rock concerts as well.

The turn of the millennium was marked by extensive restoration work on the entire facility. The roof construction of the current undulating, star-shaped canopy is made of coated polyester polyplan offering cover over an area of 500 square metres. New toilet facilities were also built for the open-air area, and the previous backstage building was replaced by a new one on the same site. The fountain went back into operation in the summer season of 2000, and the canopy roof was reinstalled in 2001.

Another ‘textile construction’ was erected in 2003: With its area of 350 square metres, the entrance marquee, which is held in place by a steel arch 50 centimetres in diameter and 48 metres long, provides protection for arriving guests, even in inclement weather. Anyone who has experienced an open-air concert with an audience of up to 12,500 people in the Tanzbrunnen on the banks of the River Rhine will be certain to remember the evening, and not just for the music. It is not by accident that many concert-goers consider the Tanzbrunnen to be the most attractive open-air theatre in Germany.