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Ways to Celebrate the Cologne Carnival

Ways to Celebrate the Cologne Carnival

Cologne’s Carnival is Germany’s second-most famous celebration after Oktoberfest. Nearly a million people attend the annual festivities, which kick off in November and ramp up around Lent in February. Here are a few ways to enjoy the celebration.

  • Pedal through the city center on a small-group bike tour tosee where the Carnival celebrations take place, including Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral).

*Attend one of the city’s costume balls, Fools’ Gatherings, or a parade rehearsal to get in the Carnival spirit.

  • Participate in a pub crawl tosee the best of Cologne’s nightlife.

  • At 11:11am on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday,kick off Carnival Weekwith costume parades and street parties.

  • Wrap up Carnival season at the official Carnival parade called the Rose Monday Parade (Rosenmontag), featuringmarching bands, dancers, elaborately constructed floats, and thousands of costumed revelersshouting “Kölle Alaaf!”

  • Check out theyear-round Cologne Carnival Museumfor elaborate Carnival costumes and floats, and to learn more about the origins the Carnival (Fastnacht) origins around Easter and Lent.

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Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise

Cologne Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour and Rhine River Sightseeing Cruise

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Explore the best of Cologne on this narrated, hop-on hop-off, double-decker bus tour. Visit many of Cologne’s top attractions—like Cologne Cathedral and Cologne City Hall, plus visit the Old Town district, bustling Roncalliplatz, the historic Alter Markt square and much more. Select the 1-day pass, then board at any of the 16 stops and get to know this landmark of High Gothic architecture in customized fashion, with live onboard commentary in English and German. Audio guides in nine languages also available. A Rhine River sightseeing cruise is also included.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$29.36
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Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route

Rhine River Hop On Hop Off Cruise on Castle Route

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Revel in the beauty and history of one of Europe's great waterways with this hop-on/hop-off cruise pass on the romantic Rhine River. Admire passing scenery like legendary Loreley Rock and imposing castles while sipping a coffee or beer on deck, and customize your itinerary with 19 different stops at tiny medieval towns and bigger cities along the way. The pass is valid all day on the UNESCO-listed Middle Rhine from Cologne to Linz and Koblenz to Mainz.
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  • 1 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$40.15
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Cologne Sightseeing round-trip Cruise

Cologne Sightseeing round-trip Cruise

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Admire beautiful Cologne from the water on a sightseeing cruise along the Rhine River. Choose from a range of departure times and watch top Cologne attractions including twin-spired Cologne Cathedral, the Old Town and the Hohenzollern Bridge unfold as you cruise along the world-famous river. Buy drinks such as the much-loved local Koelsch beer from the bar, and hear about Cologne’s long and illustrious history while you sail. If you wish, choose to enjoy a longer, 2-hour evening cruise to see Cologne’s sights sparkling with lights along the riversides.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$14.38
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Cologne All-inclusive Evening Cruise

Cologne All-inclusive Evening Cruise

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Looking for a unique way spend an evening in Cologne? Take a leisurely dinner cruise along the city’s dazzling waterfront! Spend three hours floating along the Rhine River, savoring delicious regional cuisine and listening to music spun by a live DJ. Stroll the deck at sunset, indulge in a freshly prepared buffet and complimentary drinks, and take in beautifully illuminated sights such as Hohenzollern Bridge and Cologne Cathedral after dusk.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$83.89
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Small-Group Bike Tour of Cologne with Guide

Small-Group Bike Tour of Cologne with Guide

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With its scenic waterfront, grand bridges, and UNESCO-listed Cathedral, Cologne offers an atmospheric backdrop for a cycling tour. This bike tour ensures that you maximize your time, exploring much further than a walking tour. The circuit takes in landmarks such as Cologne Cathedral, Hohenzollern Bridge, and the Rhine River, including plenty of photo stops along the way.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$38.11
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Private Tour: Cologne City Highlights

Private Tour: Cologne City Highlights

Visit beautiful Cologne on this private, guided sightseeing tour, great for those with limited time in the city. Enjoy personalized attention while learning about the history of the city, a landmark of High Gothic architecture set amidst the reconstructed Old Town. See the Cologne Cathedral and the Romanesque Catholic Great St. Martin Church, plus visit bustling Roncalliplatz, the historic Alter Markt square and much more. Cologne hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$299.60
Price varies by group size
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