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
Carnival in Cologne is above all a festival of fancy dress. There are no limits to imagination: the brighter the better. Carnival costumes don't have to be "elegant", the important thing is to show your good intentions and to feel comfortable.
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.
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.