Maritim Hotel Köln
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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.更多
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?
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.
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.
April to 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)
In the Lanxess arena (Germany's largest events venue)
In the Stadtgarten, in the Philharmonic Hall or in the many jazz clubs and bars
The breweries "Gaffel im Marienbild" and "Früh am Dom", the pub and live music venue "Blue Shell" or the former boxing pub "Klein Köln"
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 November to 23rd December 2023
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:更多
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.
The most important carnival dates
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.