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Kölner Karneval (Cologne Carnival )

In Cologne, the carnival season starts in November (the previous year) but goes into high gear six weeks before Easter. The Shrove Monday parade (Rosenmontag in German) is particularly noteworthy, in which you can expect elaborate floats, costumed dance groups, and marching bands parading through the city.

Date: 24 February 2022 - 02 March 2022
Venue: Streets of Cologne.
Website: http://www.koelnerkarneval.de
Cost:

Various.


SummerJam

If you like reggae and dancehall, head to this festival set on an island in Fühlinger See (a swimming lake) in Cologne.

Date: 01 July 2022 - 03 July 2022
Venue: Fühlinger See
Website: http://summerjam.de
Cost:

Various.


ColognePride

Cologne celebrates the unique spirit of the LGBTQ+ community with a series of programmes, including the CSD Street Festival and CSD Parade.

Date: 20 August 2022 - 04 September 2022
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues and locations.
Website: http://www.colognepride.de
Cost:

Most events are free.


Cologne Marathon

The Cologne Marathon combines elite running events with a fun-filled festival.

Date: 02 October 2022 - 02 October 2022
Venue: Streets of Cologne.
Website: https://koeln-marathon.de/
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Museumsnacht Köln (Museum Night Cologne)

Museumsnacht Köln (Museum Night Cologne) sees several museums and art venues putting on special events.

Date: 01 November 2022 - 30 November 2022
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various museums and art venues.
Website: http://www.museumsnacht-koeln.de
Cost:

Various.


Weihnachtsmärkte (Christmas Markets)

Cologne has several Christmas markets, including Markt der Engel, Nikolausdorf, and also markets in various city quarters (known as "Veedel" in Cologne). Each market features a different theme, with surrounding venues offering thematic performances.

Date: 21 November 2022 - 23 December 2022
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various.
Cost:

Free.


Kölner Lichter Musical Fireworks

At 11:30 pm, a spectacular display of fireworks with synchronised music lights up the sky of Cologne. The event takes place on the banks of the Rhine between the Bastei and the Tanzbrunnen.

Date: 15 July 2023 - 15 July 2023
Website: http://www.koelner-lichter.de
Cost:

Free.


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Hotel Engelbertz

A family-run hotel in the centre of Cologne, the Engelbertz has clean rooms, each equipped with a satellite TV. But do come prepared for some noise after dark as revellers stumble home outside.

Hilton Cologne

Set in a quiet side street by the cathedral, this smart, sophisticated hotel has all the quality you'd expect from a large chain. Its trendy IceBAR, which serves its signature shot in a glass made of ice, and onsite Konrad restaurant are popular meeting places for locals.

Hopper Hotel St Antonius

This very reasonably-priced design hotel is housed in a historic journeyman's hostel and set within walking distance from the main railway station and the banks of the Rhine. It comes complete with an excellent restaurant, original modern artworks and one of Cologne's most popular private theatres.

Stern am Rathaus

Nestled in the heart of the Altstadt, between the Rathaus and the Dom, this small family-run hotel couldn't wish for a more central location. There are only ninw rooms here, but each is spotlessly clean, modern in design, and equipped with everything you'd expect from an international chain hotel.

Savoy Hotel

The individually designed rooms in the Savoy are themed around different world destinations. So whether you're slumbering in the San Tropez suite or sleeping in the Samurai room, this smart boutique hotel allows you to travel the world without wandering any further than the wardrobe. It also has an excellent restaurant and spa facilities.

Excelsior Hotel Ernst

This grand dame of accommodation in Cologne continues to impress with its sweeping spiral staircases, great service and central location. Rooms come in beige and earth tones or calming blue and white. Taku, one of Cologne’s most exciting restaurants, is housed here and the Piano Bar offers an interesting range of cocktails.