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Carnival in Cologne

Old Market, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Crazy party in Dusseldorf and Cologne!

These Germans know how to party! Hundreds of thousands in costumes partying for 5 days straight... read more

Reviewed 2 March 2018
Steve T
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Montreal, Canada
What fabulous fun!

We were visiting Cologne as part of one holiday in Germany, we happened to be in Cologne on Monday... read more

Reviewed 17 February 2018
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For the people of Cologne, 11 is the lucky number. On the 11th of November, at 11.11am, the fifth season (aka carnival season) begins. While celebrations are mainly put on hold until after the holiday period, come the Thursday before Lent in February the parties truly kick off for a solid week of what’s known as ‘crazy days'. Locals raid their cupboards and tourists pack the costumes because Cologne’s Carnival means fancy dress and fiestas. Street parties and mini raves keep festival goers entertained all week long, but it’s Rose Monday everyone waits for: the day of masks and marches as the town’s nominated Prince, Peasant and Maiden lead a parade while watchers show their support by dressing in their wackiest wardrobes. It's tradition at the carnival to give a kiss (just a little peck!), so don't be too alarmed should you arrive home with more than a few rouge stains!
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2 Mar 2018
“Crazy party in Dusseldorf and Cologne!”
17 Feb 2018
“What fabulous fun!”
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Old Market, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
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Reviewed 2 March 2018

These Germans know how to party! Hundreds of thousands in costumes partying for 5 days straight. Whether you're on the street (longest open-air bar in the world), in the bars, festival halls or karneval balls, you'll have a great time. The people are very friendly...More

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Reviewed 17 February 2018

We were visiting Cologne as part of one holiday in Germany, we happened to be in Cologne on Monday 12th Feb, which was Rose Monday? The last day of the carnival? It as bouncing with life, colour and everyone having fun! The crowds were in...More

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Reviewed 13 November 2017

We happened to be in Cologne for a business trip and discovered that our stay coincided with November 11, the official kick-off of the city's famous carnival. What a treat! The night before we started seeing people in traditional Kolnischer carnival outfits, as they gathered...More

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Reviewed 17 December 2016

We ended up in Cologne on 11/11 the first day of carnival... wow! Literally everyone is in costume and the streets are filled with people, music, and beer! Things do get more crazy as the day goes on, but we felt safe the entire time....More

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Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

I never thought the day would come when walking down the street in a pair of boots, jeans and tshirt would be so uncool. On the second night of carnival, there I was, unknowingly dressed as a civilian, walking into the great maw of colourful...More

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Reviewed 24 April 2016

I guess if anyone were to ask me when is the time to visit Cologne for some unique experience, my answer would be during Carnival, one of the "crazy days" in Germany. I saw people in colorful and weird costumes even as I stepped off...More

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Reviewed 29 February 2016

I visited 4 locations during the Carnival season in Cologne. Everyone was slightly different with lots of music, happiness, costumes, parade and, of course, lots of sweets. 1 adult and 2 kids collected over 30 kg of candies. It was a brilliant atmosphere and this...More

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Reviewed 8 February 2016

Interesting place to be at that time. Nice to see how 95% of the people are having masks and majority is really happy about it. Something going on on every corner!

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