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  • Welcome to Cologne

    The world feels at home in Cologne, where people meet for a Kölsch, a chat or simply a laugh. Life in Cologne is vivacious.

  • Take a trip through 2000 years of history and visit cultural monuments from the Roman Empire to modern times.

  • Cologne provides over 250 hotels with a total capacity of more than 26,000 beds.

  • "Drinking a Kölsch is more than just drinking a beer: it´s like drinking an entire culture." (NYT, 5/07)

  • Enjoy the world-famous traditional Cologne Carnival and several top events throughout the year.

  • Prime location in the heart of Europe and exemplary infrastructure also a multitude of highly specialised modern economy.

  • Cologne’s Schildergasse is the most-visited shopping street in Germany.

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  • Carnival

Thursday, 19-01-2017,

Alaaf! Photos of the Cologne Carnival 2016

During the "crazy days" the "fifth season" culminated into a huge public festival. People dressed up, sang local songs and simply had fun.

The Parade on Rose Monday 2016

A million people came to Cologne to watch the Parade on 8th February 2016 - and had a lot of fun.


Women's Carnival Day, Thursday, February 4th 2016

This was the day when you got to experience the Carnival in its traditional form. At 11.11 a.m. the street Carnival was officially opened at the Alter Markt by the three principal Carnival figures: the Prince, the Peasant and the Virgin (collectively known as the "Dreigestirn").


Saturday, February 6th 2016

On saturday, the city was overflowing with "Jecken" or Carnival figures by the afternoon. In the evening, scary people had fun at the "Geisterzug" (Ghost parade).


Find out more: Cologne Carnival