The christmas markets in cologne can fill up a day and, in my opinion, quite interesting. There's everything from jewelrey and handy crafts to bratwurst and beer. The prices are pretty affordable too.
Every 11th November,at 11.11am every body celbarate the begining of the yearly Carnival, they go to a big squiare in the old market with very nice clothes and make up and celbarate with drinking Beer.. but it was long lines waiting infront of the WCs to ger out the big quantities of the beer
Every year a month before christmas Cologne turns into christmas city...
A stunning 3 000 000 million people visit the city to enjoy the christmas atmosphere here...
A lot of events take place during this period. 6 different markets with each their own character take place...take a walk along the stables with baby Jezus , etc...
The lights , the food...
Weihnachtsmärkte! Go in the weeks before Christmas to Köln (or any other german town) and be warmed by the cosy business in and around the many Christmasmarkets. It is maybe somewhat commercialised, but still you can enjoy hot 'Eiergrog' or puffed Chestnuts. Germans have a very nice Christmas-spirit and walking over their markets you can imagine that 'Weihnachten' at the real dates in December (25th + 26th) is celebrated big.
Christopher Street Day
In Cologne is the biggest CSD parade in Germany and it's great. There are also many cars in the parade and I think it's very important that gays and lesbians march for their rights. Also great fun.
You have to see the Cologne Carneval in February. It's so much fun. At 'Rosenmontag' there is a big colorful and funny parade through the city. It begins at 11.11pm. You wear costumes and funny hats and your face is painted. There are also many vehicles in the parade and they throw sweets (Kamele)from it.And you always shout Kölle Alaaf. That's really funny. I love it.
The congress center of Cologne organises lots of events every year. To know what kind of events are going on, check their website.