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Wednesday, 25-05-2016,

Cologne Lights

16th July 2016

In mid-July, the "Kölner Lichter" light up the sky in flames between the Hohenzollern and Zoo bridges.


The impressive firework display is synchronised with music and transforms the view of the Rhine into a colourful sea of banyan lights, waterfalls and hundreds of thousands of sparklers. Every year a new musical score is composed for this major event. A huge convoy of ships marks the crowning finale of a colourful celebration, which has taken its course during the day in the Old Town.

In the afternoon, river cruises at the South of Cologne will be setting sail for the Old Town, passing nine fireworks and colourful Bengal fires.

Aboard you can indulge yourself in culinary delights. Whoever like may shake a leg and swing their hips to the music. Calmer characters can get pleasure from theatre or cabaret programmes. You can wait, of course, on the banks of the river Rhine for the long convoy with brightly coloured lanterns and lights.

Towards 11:30 p.m. the time has come to admire a feast for the eyes and ears: from a pontoon in the middle of the Rhine in front of the Old Town scenario, the international fireworks display with synchronised music will be launched.

Coming Events: 15th July 2017, 14th July 2018


Enjoy the brilliant photographs of the Cologne Lights 2015

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