Thurnmarkt 1-7, Ecke Rheingasse, Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, 50676, Germany
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Oktoberfest in Cologne?

by lcat61

I will be in Cologne 28 Sept through 6 October. Are there any Oktoberfest celebrations in the Cologne/Bonn area? I will not be able to get to Munich on this trip.

Re: Oktoberfest in Cologne?

by gubbi1

Seems there is something, but I just have found it on the web. Looks like tickets are required, but maybe you can ask before...

Have fun! Christian.

Re: Oktoberfest in Cologne?

by charlesracine

There might be, I was at one in Duesseldorf at the Hbf/main train station some years ago. It was minuscule though compared to Munich. To be sure you can find plenty to do, drinking wise.
Check with the local tourist offices for the possibly of an Oktoberfest celebration. The Rhineland is known more for their Karnival celebrations with upwards of two million people in each city, just before Ash Wednesday.

Re: Oktoberfest in Cologne?

by huwe

>Are there any Oktoberfest celebrations in the Cologne/Bonn area?<

There is a "miniature edition:-)" next to the Cologne "Suedstadion", accessible by tram No.12, direction "Suedfriedhof Zollstock", alight at tram stop "Pohligstrasse".

Re: Oktoberfest in Cologne?

by gubbi1

Yeah, I forgot... of course you should check out the Kölsch beer if you are in Cologne. It is a special beer you only get there.
Check the brewery houses (only in German sorry):

Re: Oktoberfest in Cologne?

by mccalpin

Don't be surprised that any Oktoberfest events outside of Munich are much, much smaller than the real Oktoberfest in Munich, as this is a Bavarian festival. The first Oktoberfest was in 1810 in Munich in the independent kingdom of Bavaria, for the commemoration of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig I) and Princess Therese of Saxe-Hildburghausen.

For other parts of Germany to celebrate Oktoberfest is a bit like the State of New York putting on a celebration to "Remember the Alamo!"

However, since there were already autumnal (harvest) celebrations all over the place, and because business people here and there see how successful the original is and so want to perhaps make a few dollars of their own, it's no surprise, I suppose, that mini-Oktoberfests have sprung up around the country (and world). They won't be anything like the original...which may actually work to your advantage because the Oktoberfest in Munich is so large and overrun by not only Germans but tourists from all over the world, that it's often difficult to find a room, get to the grounds, and enjoy the event without stumbling over drunk tourists (oh, the Germans can be drunk, too, but are considerably better behaved since they are, after all, at home - you know how tourists get when away from home)...


Re: Oktoberfest in Cologne?

by Turtleshell

Celebrations compareable to Octoberfest are "Freimarkt" in Bremen (10/17 - 11/2) and "Dom" in Hamburg (11/7 - 12/7). Sorry.

Travel Tips for Cologne

Mighty Majesty

by steventilly

The single most outstanding feature of Cologne has got to be its Cathedral. It's immense and quite ornate from the outside. To be honest, I found the inside a let down by comparison - it was akin to Durham, but Durham doesn't have the sort of ornate exterior that leads you to expect even more inside...

Schloss Augustusburg (Brühl)

by MichaelFalk1969

This rococco palace is located in Brühl, south of Cologne. The palaces Augustusburg and Falkenlust once belonged to the archbishop of Cologne. As member of the bavarian Wittelsbach dynasty he had good connections to Bavaria and hired many great architects already known for other architectural achievements. The most important contribution is probably the grand staircase by Balthasar Neumann. Schloss Augustusburg is a UNESCO World Heritage Monument, and rightfully so.

Closed in December and January.

Plane to Cologne

by diocletianvs

To be honest - the initial reason to visit Cologne wasn't the cathedral, nor the Kölsch beer nor the bridges over Rhine. The initial reason was Germanwings - the only company that offers international flights from Zagreb airport for less than 200 Eur. When I saw Germanwings started to fly to Zagreb I was intrigued.

They are a great company and only the thing that you pay for drinks and snacks makes you feel it's no-frills airline. (Food is not expensive btw - you can get a sandwich, drink and chocolate bar for 5 Eur only). The plane was rather new, some labels were still Lufthansa and they even had the screens that showed the position of the plane on route.

The flight from Zagreb to Cologne took 1,5 hours only and although getting an announced price of 19 Eur demands special skills getting a return ticket for as low as 30 Eur demands only early booking on the right date.


by karma_kola

Try the Kolsch Beer. It is the local beer and quite good.

When we were visiting, there was some kind of summer thing on at the Altermarkt. with food stalls, drink stalls and live music and performances.

It was great fun! Though we did not try any of the local food. The atmosphere was fantastic!

Cologne Cathedral

by william_navigator

One of the highlights is the Cathedral. (German: Kolner Dom) is the city's famous landmark and unofficial symbol. It is a Gothic church, started in 1248, and completed in 1880. In 1996, it was designated a World Heritage site; it claims to house the relics of the Three Magi. You can walk up some VERY narrow and VERY numerous stairs up to the top for some great views. I believe it is almost 100 meters above the ground. Only attempt if you are in shape and have good knees.

In World War II the cathedral suffered 14 hits by bombs but didn't collapse; reconstruction was completed in 1956.


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