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Basic information

  • Area: 405.15 km² (156.43 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +49
  • Currency: Euro (€) (EUR)
  • Population (EST): 998,105
  • Official language: German
  • Time Zone: CET (UTC+1)

Cologne – Regular Events

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Museums in Cologne

Once a year in May the museums of Cologne open their doors late into the night and provide free transport between the institutions. With special events scheduled in order to attract new visitors, it is a great way to experience the wealth of culture on offer in the city.

The Cologne Bierbörse

The Cologne Bierbörse is one of the premier German beer festivals and the only place to be for beer enthusiasts in June. There are over 650 different beers on offer and loads of free samples to get you in the spirit, sit under one of the shady trees in the biggest beer garden in town.

Cologne Lights

Cologne Lights is a magical night where the city’s buildings along the River Rhine are beautifully lit up and onlookers watch a procession of ships with candles in their hands. The atmosphere builds with excitement before the grand finale of a huge fireworks display set to music.

KunstSalon music festival

The unusual KunstSalon music festival sees those dedicate to culture opening up their homes and private spaces for concerts and performances. This unique event focuses on supporting up and coming artists by providing a more intimate atmosphere in which they can be heard.

The Cologne Carnival

Carnival season is officially opened at 11:11 on the 11th of November but it is not until February and March that the excitement really begins. The biggest street party of the year, the Cologne Carnival is a massive celebration and sees the majority of residents taking part in singing and dancing and nearly all wearing fancy dress. The grand finale is two days before Ash Wednesday when a grand procession of floats and dancers winds its way through the city.

Verzaubert Film Festival

Cologne is one of four German cities’ that plays host to the Verzaubert Film Festival. The weekend festival aims to bring gay and lesbian cinema to a wider audience with film screenings and lectures open to the public.

Museums in Cologne

Once a year in May the museums of Cologne open their doors late into the night and provide free transport between the institutions. With special events scheduled in order to attract new visitors, it is a great way to experience the wealth of culture on offer in the city.

The Cologne Bierbörse

The Cologne Bierbörse is one of the premier German beer festivals and the only place to be for beer enthusiasts in June. There are over 650 different beers on offer and loads of free samples to get you in the spirit, sit under one of the shady trees in the biggest beer garden in town.

Cologne Lights

Cologne Lights is a magical night where the city’s buildings along the River Rhine are beautifully lit up and onlookers watch a procession of ships with candles in their hands. The atmosphere builds with excitement before the grand finale of a huge fireworks display set to music.

Summer Cologne

A celebration of performing arts hits the streets of Cologne in August with Summer Cologne. The many and varied open air performances take place around the city and are all free. Catch some street theatre or watch in suspense as acrobats fly past.

The Cologne-Weidenpesch Racecourse

September is a great month for horse racing at the Cologne-Weidenpesch Racecourse, with the group I Europe Prize and the Group II Grand European Mile, racing fans will not be disappointed at the equine quality on offer.

Cologne Comedy Festival

Throughout October at various establishments around the city the International Cologne Comedy Festival takes place. Providing laughs to over 20,000 spectators the event mainly attracts German speaking performers. From traditional stand up to the more bizarre “SMS Call In” comedy there’s giggles for everyone.

Art Fair 21

Art Fair 21, Colognes premier art expo, has a different theme each year with the most recent being China (2009). Featuring pieces for sale from the generation of today, the event attracts artists and galleries from across the world.

Cologne’s Night of the Proms

Cologne’s Night of the Proms occurs every December at the city’s Lanxess Arena. A mixture of classical and contemporary music performances, the event draws big crowds and tickets sell out fast so if you want to go, plan ahead.

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