This month, many members of the bedding industry will be destined for Cologne to take part in the world’s largest furniture components show, Interzum Cologne, which runs May 21-24. The show occurs every two years. Whether you are journeying to Cologne for the first or 15th time, it never hurts to brush up on fun things to do while there. • In 2017, Interzum had 1,732 exhibitors, from 60 countries — the vast majority of whom (1,364) came from outside Germany. • The Koelnmesse Exhibit Complex, which houses the trade fair, covers 187,400 square meters (2 million square feet). It’s huge. This exhibition might be large — from the exhibitors showing off machinery and components to the number of people flowing through the halls — but the connections made are one-on-one. Enjoy the time you have there to ask questions, see the latest components and machines, visit colleagues and take the time to make new connections. Outside of the show, you can be as busy or quiet as you like. Cologne has a little bit of everything — from ancient artifacts to modern designer boutiques. Situated along the Rhine River, Cologne is Germany’s oldest major city, with more than a million residents. No matter ...