Cologne’s Schildergasse is the most-visited shopping street in Germany.
Eau de Cologne
The historic Farina-house is situated opposite the Town Hall. In the world's oldest fragrance factory you can see where the fascinating history of Eau de Cologne and modern fragrances began. Find out more
23rd - 28th February 2017 The "crazy days" of Carnival are celebrated with parties on the streets, in public squares and in pubs. Find out more
The world-famous street carnival and the spectacular "Kölner Lichter" fireworks, invite visitors to join in the celebrations, the crème de la crème of pop and rock will be playing in Cologne in 2017 and some of the leading trade fairs take place in Cologne.
What happens on Women's Carnival Day? When do the famous parades take place? During the "crazy days" the "fifth season" culminates into a huge public festival. People dress up, sing local songs and simply have fun.
The magnificent Cologne Cathedral hovers above the roofs and chimneys of the city. It is not only used as a point of orientation but is the pride of the people in Cologne. It can be seen from nearly every point in the city centre and from many places elsewhere.
Cologne provides over 250 hotels with a total capacity of more than 26,000 beds – ranging from low-budget accommodation and state-of-the-art design hotels to stylish suites in one of the large international top-quality hotels.