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Places of interest

In Cologne, there is something to be discovered around almost every street corner. The cathedral city has a history of over 2,000 years and offers great opportunities for leisure time activities: rambles or shopping excursions through the inner city are actually possible in all kinds of weather.


And of course every visitor to Cologne must have seen the Cathedral from up close. In addition to this, there are alternatives for every taste: How about a visit to a museum, a peek behind the scenes of the German television channel WDR, a barbeque afternoon or a visit to the zoo?

  • Cathedral
  • Groß St. Martin 
  • Gürzenich
  • Heinrich-Böll Square 
  • Heinzelmännchenbrunnen 
  • Cologne Arena 
  • Trade Fair premises 
  • Philharmonic
  • City Hall
  • St. Andreas 
  • St. Gereon
  • St. Maria in the Capitol
  • City Walls
  • Zoo
  • 4711-ancestral homes in the Glockengasse


The museum takes the visitor along on a journey through the 3,000 year old cultural history of chocolate. Visitors can actually experience the tropical climate in a walk-in tropical greenhouse. Thehigh pointof the museum is the main attraction: the production. From two levels, visitors can see how bar chocolate, truffles and hollow figures are made. After this, you can nibble away at a chocolate well spring.

Opening hours:
daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
January to March and November Monday closed 



From an old-style merry-go-round to "Feng Ju Palace", "Galaxy", "River Quest" and "Temple of the Nighthawk" ‒ Phantasialand has something for everyone.

Opening hours:
April to 18th of November from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
opening of attractions: 10 a.m., ticket office closing time: 4 p.m.
Extended opening hours during summer (in the event of high visitor numbers)



inside cologne: city tours

City tours for children with "touching" and "running around", such as "Roman tours". For children from 6 to 10 years old, adult accompaniment is -*necessary, fixed timings will be known shortly. The tours are organised in the old city of Cologne.

Kölner Philharmonie

Music, Concert & Theatre


  • Cologne Philharmonic Hall
  • Cologne University of Music
  • Events at the studios of the regional broadcaster WDR
  • Popkomm
  • Clubs such as "E-Werk", "Alter Wartesaal", "Underground" or "MTC"


In the Lanxess arena (Germany's largest events venue)


In the Stadtgarten, in the Philharmonic Hall or in the many jazz clubs and bars

Theatre, cinema and circus

  • The Cologne Theatre, the "Hänneschen-Theater" and the Opera House
  • Many private theatres (such as the "Millowitsch-Theater" or "Der Keller")
  • The Musical Dome with internationally renowned productions of musicals

Traditional pubs

The breweries "Gaffel im Marienbild" and "Früh am Dom", the pub and live music venue "Blue Shell" or the former boxing pub "Klein Köln"

Events in Cologne

Cologne has a wide selection of cultural events, festivals and events, not to mention its nightlife, bars, pubs and discos.

Few other cities in Germany have a comparable range of entertainment on offer, which means that the real challenge is how much you can fit into one day or evening.   


21st to 25th August 2024

gamescom in Cologne is the world's largest trade fair and top event for interactive games. At gamescon 2023, more than 320,000 visitors made digital voyages of discovery. And the journey continues.

Christmas market

Cologne Christmas Markets

18th November to 23rd December 2024

The Cologne Christmas Markets - from "traditional" to the harbour market - ensure a festive mood during Advent. We would like to describe some of them to you here:


Christmas Market at the Heumarkt (Haymarket) directly next to the Maritim Hotel in Cologne

The "Heinzelmännchen" (Elves of Cologne) open their historic Christmas Market in Cologne's Old Town. The hard-working little elves at Heumarkt and Alter Markt have had some great ideas for imbuing Cologne with Christmas spirit. The fairytale setting is also the scenery for a spectacular ice-skating adventure world.

Christmas Market at Cologne Cathedral

The best known and most attractive Christmas Market is held in a fabulous location in front of Cologne's landmark Cathedral. A gigantic Christmas tree springs up in the middle of the market - the highest natural Christmas tree in North Rhine-Westphalia, at 25 metres. Live performances take place at the foot of the great fir tree, under a canopy of more than 70,000 LEDs.

Neumarkt Christmas Market

The Angels Market at the "New Market" entrances with decorative stars of oakwood and a starlight glow from hundreds of lights in the trees. With a bit of luck, visitors might even encounter "real live angels", who stand at the Engelstor (Angels' Gate) and usher you in to an extraordinary Christmas experience.

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Cologne Carnival

The most important carnival dates

  • Women's Carnival Day: 8th February 2024
  • Rose Monday: 12th February 2024
  • Carnival Tuesday: 13th February 2024
  • Ash Wednesday: 14th February 2024

The carnival season takes place predominantly between the New Year and Ash Wednesday. However, carnival revellers celebrate the start of the carnival season on the 11th day of the 11th month bang on 11.11 a.m.

From Women's Carnival Day ("Weiberfastnacht") the Thursday before Rose Monday until Carnival Tuesday, an established routine of gatherings, balls and processions rolls by, and halls, pubs and bars ring out with the sound of celebrations, singing and dancing. Throughout Cologne, normal everyday life is suspended during this time and many institutions are closed.

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