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Monday, 18-12-2017,

Cologne’s nativity scenes

Visitors can view Cologne’s magical nativity scenes laid out at around 110 different places in the city from the 21st November 2016 until the 6th January 2017. The displays are from different historical periods and range from contemporary nativity scenes designed by artists through to traditional representations of Christmas from different cultures.

The nativity scenes can be found at publically accessible places such as shop windows, cultural and religious institutions, and of course in many of Cologne’s churches.

Visitors can either be shown around by experienced guides or set off under their own steam to visit the yearly-changing exhibition of unique nativity scenes. A guided tour costs €10 for adults and €3,50 for children aged between 3 and 14 years. Private group tours for up to 20 people lasting around 2 hours cost €230. Tours can be booked on the website of the “Kripenweg” – the Route of the Nativity Scenes.

A comprehensive guide to the nativity scenes is available for purchase at the KölnTourismus office. Further information on the guide book and the tours can be found under (Photo: Joachim Rieger)

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