Cologne's strong side is its cultural life. For latest information on what is happening around in town, get the StadtRevue for €2, Kölner for €2 or Live for free.
Karneval The biggest festivity in Cologne is the Winter carnival (or Fastelovend) in February. According to the official Cologne tourism website, "Its highlight is the street carnival taking place from Weiberfastnacht (the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, traditionally the day on which women take control of the city) to Karnevalsdienstag (Shrove Tuesday). On Rosenmontag (Shrove Monday) more than one and a half million people line Cologne's streets to watch the parade with the mad triad – the prince, farmer, and virgin – every year."
Cologne Gay PrideCologne Pride is a large gay pride festival held in Cologne annually on the Heumarkt square. The event showcases music, a candle light vigil remembering those with HIV/AIDS, and on the final day of the festival a large parade is held. Recently, up to a million people have attended the events. Klner Lichterlight up the sky in flames between the Hohenzollern and Zoo bridges. Coming Events: 19 Jul 2014. Klner SeilbahnPhone: +49 221 547-4183Hours: Apr-Oct 10:00-18:00Price: Adults: One way 4.50, Return 6.50, Children (aged 412): One way 2.50, Return 3.70.Riehler Strae 180; Take a ride with the Aerial tramway across Rhine river, Germany's only cablecar crossing a river! Klner ZooRiehler Strae 173Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgHours: Summer: 09:00-18:00, Winter: 09:00-17:00, Aquarium: 09:00-18:00Price: 17.50, Teenagers and students: 12, Children (aged 412): 8.50 (2013) PhantasialandHours: 9AM - 6PM, Rides open at 10AM, Ticket office closes at 4PMBerggeiststr. 31-41 in the town of Brhl; Phantasialand is a fun place for children and has some fun rides for adults too. Even the Colorado Adventure roller coaster was sponsored by Michael Jackson. Admission: Children: (Up to one meter in height) - Free, Children: (Between one meter and 1.45 meters) 18, Adults: 39.50, Senior citizens: 18.50. Two day passes available (68.50 / 30.50) (2013). Claudius ThermeSachsenbergstrae 1Phone: 0221 981440Hours: 09.00-24.00Just below the Klner Seilbahn is the Claudius Therme. Spend a very relaxing few hours unwinding in both indoor and outdoor pools, saunas, cold plunge pools, etc. Several areas are naturist (not clothing optional). Towels are available to rent and food and drink is served on-site. One nice option is to take the Klner Seilbahn to the Therme and return by bus (directly in front of entrance) to Kln Deutz Station where you can catch U-Bahn back to the City Centre. Metropolis CinemaEbertplatz 19Phone: Telefon: 0221 722436Hours: 15.00-24.00If you want to go to the movies while visiting Cologne and you don't know German, this is the cinema for you. In the evenings it shows movies in their native language, but mostly English.
Fishing at the rhine
Stattreisen e.V.Phone: +49 221 7325113this non-profit organization offers excellent tours of Cologne, led by volunteers. The prices are moderate and there is a huge list of tours, including (besides the more regular tours) Koelsch tours (for testing the breweries) or language lessons in the local dialect (again, in a brewery). Ask for English tours, some guides are willing to conduct a normally German tour in English. Rickshaws: environmentally friendly city toursRickshaws are exotic and environmentally friendly tricycles, that bring slowly and safely their passengers to their destination. By Rickshaw you will discover Colognes points of interest in a comfortable way.
Spa and Massage
Beauty and spa treatments are popular in Cologne.
Just be aware that in typical German style, all sauna areas (referred to as Saunalandschaften, i.e. Sauna landscapes) are mixed (apart from the odd Damentag) and that bathing costumes are banned from them for hygienic reasons. Yup. Starkers, everybody.
Do take a bathrobe (to keep you from the cold outside the saunas) and a large towel (to put under you in the saunas, no sweating on the wood, please) with you, though.
Do not draw hasty conclusions either: mixed nudity does not make those places dens of sin, quite the contrary. Nudity is considered as the only appropriate outfit in saunas, and it all happens in a disciplined, wholesome, safe and respectful atmosphere. Possibly one of the highest forms of German civilisation one can experience.
Gawkers and bathing costume-wearers will be expelled by the staff without qualms, so don't even think you can get away with playing the tourist who didn't know, it won't make a difference.
That very matter-of factly, unerotic approach to mixed nudity may well turn out to be a revelation to many visitors open-minded enough to give it a try and go with the flow.
You've been warned!
Claudius ThermeLarge spa with pool and lots of different saunas (indoors and outdoors) next to the Rhine, north of Deutz. Mediterana11 saunas and a huge pool, in Bergisch Gladbach, East of Cologne. NeptunbadLocated in the popular area of Ehrenfeld in an old renovated bath, to which an attractive "sauna landscape" in Japanese style on two levels has been added. Also a comprehensive fitness center. Saunas in public swimming poolsSome of the public swimming pools managed by the Cologne city council, notably Agrippabad, do have small Saunalandschaften too, all featuring a Damentag (ladies only day).
AnandaTantra massage, an open minded and liberal attitude essential because the massages include sexually sensitive body parts, however, no sexual services are given by the employees. Sukon - Thai Art Of MassageTraditional Thai Massage - Institute, located in the city center. Thai native Massage- Therapists practise in the 160m thai-styled studio original Royal Massage, Aromaoilmassage and Footmassage. This place does NOT offer any erotic massages.